Japanese collective teamLab present its largest digital art exhibition to date in Tokyo, entitled ‘DMM.PLANETS Art by teamLab‘. The 3000 square metre showcase, housed within within Fuji TV’s vast summer event ‘Odaiba Minna No Yume Tairiku‘, is structured as a labyrinth of virtual experiences, where visitors engage in a series of immersive artworks.

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Both new and previously exhibited pieces have been super-sized into larger-than-life proportions, inviting the audience into a kaleidoscopic and multi-sensory expanse of colour and light. Viewers can experience works like ‘Wander Through The Crystal Universe‘ — the largest of its kind to date; ‘Floating in the Falling Flowers‘, held within an enormous dome space; and the infinitely stretching water artwork ‘Drawing On The Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People — Infinity‘.

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Each artwork on display has been designed with its own distinct aroma — the smell of a forest, flowers, or the universe. Specifically in ‘Wander Through The Crystal Universe’, the smell of the universe was supervised by astronaut Naoko Yamazaki, and spreads throughout the entire artwork.

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In ‘Wander Through The Crystal Universe’, teamLab installed a seemingly infinite number of LEDs within a three-dimensional space — akin to Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room — creating a real-time, interactive, and dynamic artwork. Visitors can enter and walk through the space, changing the hue and intensity of the lights as they pass through. The viewer becomes ‘The Centre of the Universe’ — one with the light and body of the installation. The audience can also affect the character of the space through their smartphone by choosing a desired element and swiping toward the installation to add their selection to the artwork.

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New artwork ‘Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People — Infinity’ sees Koi fish swim through an seemingly infinite stretching pool. Visitors walk into the water where they change the direction and movement of the fish. When fish and viewer collide, the Koi morphs into flowers and scatter throughout the space.

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In ‘Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers’ a seasonal year of blooms emerge in an ever-changing universe of petals that spread out into infinity within a domed space. Viewers can once again use their smartphone, but this time selecting butterflies and release them into the floral expanse. The interaction between the visitor and the installation causes an ever-changing cycle of birth and death where flowers are born, grow, bud, bloom, and — in time — wither and die.

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