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Continuous Life in Cubes of Light - Copper teamLab, 2020, Interactive Digital Installation






Throughout the year, with the passing of time, flowers bloom and change.

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. If a person stays still, the flowers surrounding them grow and bloom more abundantly.

The artwork is not a pre-recorded image that is played back: it is created by a computer program that continuously renders the work in real time. The interaction between people and the installation causes continuous change in the artwork: previous visual states can never be replicated, and will never reoccur. The picture at this moment can never be seen again





In a copper light cube, the flowers change with the actual season throughout the year and continue to change forever, influenced by the behavior of people.

The copper color refers to the copper of the Besshi Copper Mine, which was opened in the late 17th century, and continued to support the core of the Sumitomo business for over 283 years.

Flowers mean change and continuity by repeating life and death eternally while changing due to the behavior of the people who live in the present moment.

Light refers to the future and hope.

By Continuously changing from its inception to the present and into the future, We hope that this work will become a symbol of continuously creating new value.

反転無分別 - Black in White / Reversible Rotation - Black in White teamLab, 2019, Digital Work, 7 channels, Continuous Loop





The Spatial Calligraphy rotates in the artwork space, every aspect rotating in the same direction. But because of the special characteristics of Ultrasubjective Space, it can appear to be rotating clockwise or counterclockwise.

Spatial Calligraphy is Japanese sho (calligraphy) drawn in space. The artwork reconstructs sho in three dimensional space to express the depth, speed and power of the brush stroke, and that sho is then flattened using the logical structure teamLab calls Ultrasubjective Space. The calligraphy shifts between two and three dimensions.




teamLab is represented by Pace Gallery.

teamLab (f. 2001) is an international art collective, an interdisciplinary group of various specialists such as artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians and architects whose collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, science, technology, and the natural world.
teamLab aims to explore the relationship between the self and the world and new perceptions through art. In order to understand the world around them, people separate it into independent entities with perceived boundaries between them. teamLab seeks to transcend these boundaries in our perception of the world, of the relationship between the self and the world, and of the continuity of time. Everything exists in a long, fragile yet miraculous, borderless continuity of life.
teamLab’s works are in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; Asia Society Museum, New York; Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; and Amos Rex, Helsinki.

teamLab is represented by Pace Gallery.