Kaleidoscopic Installations Invite People into a Hi-Tech Multisensory Experience
When you stand among the handiwork of teamLab, a Japanese tech art studio, you’re seemingly transported to a sprawling foreign land that engulfs you in a vibrant, light-filled splendor. This immersive approach is now the focus of a massive exhibition that spans 3,000 square meters (over 32,000 square feet) and is called DMM.Planets Art by teamLab. It showcases a variety of the group’s digital work throughout the years, including new pieces just revealed to the public.
The exhibition features four spaces that offer kaleidoscopic color schemes and multisensory activities. Each piece has its own distinct smell, including: the aroma of flowers, a forest, and “the universe”—a scent that astronaut Naoko Yamazaki helped create.
Though the teamLab works all have a different look and feel, interactivity is woven throughout the entire show. In Wander Through the Crystal Universe, the collective installed countless LEDs that hang in the mirrored space. As you walk through it, the hue and intensity of the lights change, making you the “center of the universe.” Alternatively, you can change the space (and take yourself out of the spotlight) with the touch of your smartphone.
Other works include wading through water with light-generated koi fish. As you walk through the vibrant liquid, the direction of the creatures is altered. In the event you “collide” with the koi, they morph into flowers and scatter in the space. Another piece also features prominent blooms and is titled Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers. Here, you use your phone to select butterflies and release them into the floral decorated space, continually “growing” plants that cycle through the four seasons.