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Light, darkness, space explored in new art in Borderless Tokyo museum

Tokyo, Nov 20 (EFE).- Digital art collective teamLab presented two unpublished works Monday that are part of its renovated Borderless museum in Tokyo and in which it explores the different dimensions of light, darkness and space.

The group is immersed in the transfer of the museum it had on the artificial island of Odaiba, whose completely renovated opening will be in February 2024 in the Azabudai Hills complex and which partially opened Monday to the press. It presented two new works: Bubble Universe and Megalith Crystal Formation.

The works represent a new step in the team’s experimentation around the perception of space-time, this time with games of light through interactive spheres or the interaction of light with darkness.

“People think and feel the continuity of light in itself as something beautiful,” the founder of teamLab, Toshiyuki Inoko, told EFE.

Bubble Universe consists of a room with mirrored walls, ceiling and floor with numerous spheres hanging from the ceiling at different levels and from which multiple types of light emanate depending on the movement of the spectators through the room.

“Each sphere becomes a part of the environment to create the light of other spheres,” using the existence of different types of lights, “those that exist on the physical plane and those that only exist in our cognitive world,” Inoko said.

The spheres, which go from cool colors such as white to intense reds in a matter of seconds, change color when someone approaches them. Then begins a process of transmitting light to nearby spheres, until it travels to the other side of the room.

The stream of light created by a person intersects with those generated by other visitors, giving way to the existence of a multitude of lights, material and cognitives.

“The spheres cannot exist individually, they come together to create an environment and that creates what we call ambient light, which only exists when that light created by the spheres is generated. That continuity is what we want to explore,” the artist said.

The other new work, Megalith Crystal Formation, explores an even more abstract concept, in this case from darkness, in which fragments of lights emerge in a continuous cycle of life and death.

“It’s a kind of mass of time and space that seems to crystallize infinitely,” Inoko said.

The work takes place in a dark room with irregular walls and ceilings on whose surface waves and flowers are projected. When the waves burst into the room, the plants die, and when they retreat, they bloom again, in another reference to continuity.

The only two areas currently accessible in the complex are these two, but the collective continues working to prepare the rest of the works, distributed in different rooms that “communicate and influence each other,” said the artist, adding that visitors should go to the museum when it reopens to experience it.

Asked about the trajectory and fame the group has gained nationally and internationally since they began working as teamLab in 2001, Inoko said he was “very lucky to have been able to create so much” in that time. EFE


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