teamLab Exhibition in Kunming

teamLab (f. 2001) is an art collective, interdisciplinary group of ultratechnologists whose collaborabive practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, sciencce, technology, design and the nautral world. Various specialists such as aritists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians and architects form teamLab.

teamLab aims to explore a new relationship between humans and nature, and between oneself and the world through art. Digital technology has allowed art to liberate itself from the physical and transcend boundaries. teamLab seems no boundary between humans and nature, and between oneself and the wold; one is in the other and the other in one. Everything exists in a long, fragile yet miraculous, borderless continuity of life.


In Kunming exhibition, there are six areas for visitors to enjoy in the exhibition. You can play with the digital technology in every area, even kids can also have fun in the play area.


Graffiti Nature: Lost, Immersed and Reborn

This is a single ecosystem where various creatures drawn by people live. Somewhere in this space are the animals that you have drawn. 


Living things eat and are eaten by others, creating one ecosystem together. When the animal that you draw eats other animals, then it will increase in numbers. If animals cannot eat for a while or are eaten by others, they will die and disappear. 


Flowers will bloom if you stand still, but will disperse if you walk around. Butterflies increase in places where there are flowers, and crocodiles die if they are stepped on too much.

As we immerse and meld ourselves into the work with others, we explore a continuity among people, as well as a new relationship that transcends the boundaries between people and the world. 


Background of Artwork: Ecosystem

More than 10 million living species are said to exist on Earth. Each and every one of these species lives while interacting with the others. Plants create nutrition from rain, soil, and the sunlight (photosynthesis). Animals eat those plants. These animals, in turn, are eaten by other animals. When animals die bacteria decompose their bodies, allowing plants to use them for nutrition.


All these living things and the habitat they live in is known as an “ecosystem”. Inside an ecosystem, everyone plays a specific role. Therefore, when an animal or plant greatly changes in number due to climate change or human intervention, the ecosystem’s balance is destroyed, thus affecting all that live inside it.


How to interact with the artwork

1. Color and draw on the paper provided.

2. Scan your drawing.

3. Animals and flowers will come to life in the exhibition space!

4. Stand still and flowers will bloom around you. Walk around and the flower petals will scatter.

5. Move close to the animals and they will sense you and start moving.


Sliding through the Fruit Field

This is a slide where fruit grows.

Various kinds of fruit are growing on the slope. Balls are also bouncing around.


You become the sunlight and slide down the slope. When your body collides with the balls, your sunlight energy will be transferred to them and they will go flying off in all directions. When the balls collide with the fruit, the fruit will begin to grow.


Each ball has a different role depending on its color.


For example, a light blue ball represents water: when the ball hits the seeds they sprout, bud, and blossom. When a yellow honeybee ball hits the flowers, they are pollinated and the flowers become fruit. 


When a fruit is hit by a ball, new seeds are sown, leading to new life.


Background of Artwork: The Relationship of Fruit and Honey Bees

Flowers bloom from plants that bear fruit. The flowers’ nectar becomes food for many insects including honey bees. Most fruit-bearing plants cannot create fruits (and therefore seeds) and reproduce unless they are pollinated by insects. Many insects such as honey bees and butterflies live together with the plants.


Different life forms such as these collaborating and living together is a phenomenon known as “symbiosis”.


How to interact with the artwork

Slide down the incline.

When your body hits the balls, the balls will go flying.

The balls that are sent flying will hit parts of the vegetation, such as seeds and flowers, and make the plants grow.

The light blue balls are water.The yellow balls are honeybees. The black balls are contaminated trash.They make seeds disappear.


3. Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses

Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses is the digital version of the childhood game hopscotch. Participants are invited to create their own hopscotch course, consisting of projected circular, triangular, and square shapes. Each participant is able to determine the level of difficulty while making full use of his or her imaginative and creative skills. Different sound effects and beautiful images emerge as participants land on the same shape or color in succession.


How to interact with the artwork

1. Press the start button and drag shapes onto the course.

2. When the course is finished, add your signature design.

3. The course you have designed will appear in Hopscotch for Geniuses.


4. Weightless Forest of Resonating Life - Flattening 3 Colors and 9 Blurred Colors

The space is filled with ovoids of light. People move through the ovoids and enter the space.


People recognize the multi-dimensionality of the space when the group of ovoids shine with various blurred colors, but the space feels flat when the ovoids are monochromatic. As the space changes between three dimensions and two dimensions, the whole body is immersed in both a three dimensional space and a flat plane. 


When people strike the ovoids of light, it causes the color of the ovoid to change, and a tone specific to that color resonates out. The surrounding ovoids will respond, and the same color and tone will resonate radially throughout the space.

Each ovoid moves freely, but no matter where it is, the behavior of light is maintained across the entirety of the space. Therefore, the light behaves as a group and can be thought of as one three-dimensional existence. The light resonates out spherically across the space from the impacted ovoid. While recognizing the light’s three dimensional existence, people push through the ovoids to enter into that existence.

Since the ovoid colors are produced by light, it is possible to create 9 blurred colors (light in water, sunlight on water plants, morning glow, morning sky, sky at twilight, peach, plum, iris, and spring maple), as well as 3 colors that flatten the space (blue, red, and green), resulting in a total of twelve colors.


5. Sketch Smart Town

This city is a Smart Town of the future—created from pictures drawn by visitors. Draw a picture on paper of whatever you'd like to add to the town: a car, a building, even a UFO or spaceship. The picture you drew will then come to life inside the town, and a giant city will be created right before your eyes. The town features renewable energy sources: hydroelectric, solar, wind, and forest-derived (biomass) energy generators. By touching the town you can influence the weather, activating the various energy generating sources and prompting the town to grow and develop. Touch a frog, for example, and rain will fall, generating power at the hydroelectric dam and causing the town to shine with light. The town is built from the drawings everyone creates, and through the power of natural energy it becomes brighter and richer —teaching visitors and inspiring them to learn about natural energy and natural power so