Art and technology are two important aspects of our modern way of life, but they’re usually kept separate. TeamLab, a Japanese art collective, is trying to change that.
Teamlab is a group of artists, programmers, architects, designers and more, who blend together technology and art to create a new type of art. Instead of two-dimensional paintings that hang in a museum, the collective creates huge installations that go out of the museum and blend into the city.
Their latest project is an exhibition named A Forest Where Gods Live, which stretches throughout the 500,000-square-meter Mifuneyama Rakuen Park on the island of Kyushu. The park, that was created in 1845, borders on a 3,000-year-old sacred Oskusu tree of Takeo Shrine. The exhibition explores the boundaries between nature and man-made structures, the natural life cycle and passage of time.
Its latest installation is Megalith in the Bath House Ruins, where huge, multi-colored square blocks were installed in old run-down bathhouses. Visitors can stroll between the blocks, touch them and admire their gentle glow set over the background of the old, crumbling bathhouses.
TeamLab’s pieces are like nothing else – they bring modernity, nature, and art together to create something completely new.