30. Jan 2015

An interactive room full of digital flowers

Installation and photos: teamLab

The light art installation designed by the multidisciplinary design studio teamLab is entitled “Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together, for Eternity”. Together with fourteen other works, this installation is part of an exhibition of digital, interactive works of art at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in Tokyo/J. Inspired by the flora native to the region around Tokyo, teamLab have designed an interactive space that addresses the way flowers bloom and wither, and are replaced by new buds – in a perpetual cycle. The idea behind the carpet of digital blossoms is that man cannot control nature, but can influence it and co-exist with it.

Computer-aided real-time renderings of flowers on the floor change algorithmically every hour. Once a visitor enters the installation, he becomes a part of it: sensors register his movements, which cause flowers to blossom or wither away. The floral images that are generated are always new. The walls in the space are mirrored to generate the effect of infinity.

Food for thought:
We can impact nature by applying the latest technologies, but natural phenomena, such as daylight, is basically beyond our control.

The exhibition is on until 1. March, 2015.


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