The movement of waves in water is simulated in a computer-generated three-dimensional space. The water is expressed as a continuous body after calculating the interactions of hundreds of thousands of particles. To visualize the waves, the behavior of the water particles was then extracted and lines were drawn in relation to the movement of the particles. The wave created in a 3-D space is then turned into an artwork in accordance with what teamLab refers to as ultrasubjective space.
Universe of Water Particles - Gold, 2016, Digital Work, 5 channels, Continuous Loop
Edition of 6 + 2 A.P.s
Available Editions: 5/6 & 6/6
Universe of Water Particles – Gold is a virtual waterfall created in a virtual 3-D space using teamLab’s concept of ultrasubjective space, a term that refers to the depiction of space found in premodern Japanese painting.
Computer-generated water consisting of hundreds of thousands of water particles is virtually poured onto a virtually sculpted rock. The computer calculates the movement of the particles to produce a simulation of water that flows in accordance with the laws of physics. Lines are drawn in relation to a selection of 0.1% of the particles. The sinuousness of the lines depends on the overall interaction of the water particles. In premodern Japanese painting, oceans, rivers, and other bodies of water were expressed using a series of lines. These lines give the impression of movement and life, as though water was a living entity. This form of expression leads us to explore why premodern people sensed life in rivers and oceans. Universe of Water Particles – Gold fuses the objective world of today’s knowledge with the subjective world of premodern people.
When viewing this artwork, regardless of the fact that the waterfall is a reproduction of physical phenomena, it can be possible to feel a sense of life in the collection of lines.
If, when viewing this artwork—as opposed to a video of a waterfall shot with a video camera—people feel the barrier between themselves and the waterfall dissolve, they become immersed in the work as if the waterfall is luring them in. Perhaps we can find a connection to the way premodern Japanese people perceived the world and consequently behaved towards it.
If we regard ourselves as part of nature, and consider nature as something not just to be observed, it is possible to feel that there is no boundary between ourselves and nature.
Impermanent Life 2017, Digital Work, 4 channels, 10 min (loop)
Edition of 8 + 2 A.P.s, Available Editions: 6/8, 7/8 and 8/8
In the background, cherry blossoms bloom and scatter, the cycle of birth and death repeats. From the center of the background a circle is born which increases in size with a constant rhythm. Depending on the circle the light and darkness of the background world changes.
2016, Digital Work, Single channel, Continuous Loop
Edition of 10 + 2 A.P.s Available Editions: 2/10, 7/10 & 8/10
The movement of waves in water is simulated in a computer-generated three-dimensional space. The water is expressed as a continuous body after calculating the interactions of hundreds of thousands of particles. To visualize the waves, the behavior of the particles the water was then extracted and lines were drawn in relation to the movement of the particles. The wave created in a 3-D space is then turned into an artwork in accordance with what teamLab refers to as ultrasubjective space
Flowers and People , Dark
2015, Interactive Digital Work, 6 channels, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Edition of 10 + 2 A.P.s.
Available Editions: 5/10
Neither a prerecorded animation nor on loop, the artwork is rendered in real time by a computer program. The interaction between the viewer and the installation causes continuous change in the artwork. Previous visual states can never be replicated, and will never reoccur.
The flowers bud, grow, and blossom before their petals begin to wither and eventually fade away. The cycle of growth and decay repeats itself in perpetuity. Depending on the proximity of the viewer to the work, the flowers shed their petals all at once, wither and die, or come to life and blossom once again.
Four Seasons, a 1000 Years, Terraced Rice Fields - Tashibunosho
2016, Digital Work, 6 channels, 1000 years
Edition of 8 + 2 A.P. Available Editions: 4/8, 5/8 & 8/8
The scenery of Tashibunosho has been unchanged for thousands of years. It is depicted here through the lives of the people who continue to live in harmony with nature in this perpetual landscape. The picture changes throughout the day. It grows brighter as the sun rises, and it becomes aglow with the setting sun. As the night deepens, darkness sets in. The artwork synchronises with the actual sunrise and sunset at Tashibunosho.The depicted landscape and people’s lives change together with the four seasons. This work mirrors nature, which is fluid and in constant change. If viewed on the same day the following year, it will appear different. The image in this moment exists only now; you will never be able to see it again. A new landscape is constantly being created.