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Enjoy teamLab in Osaka! Inside the Innovative 'Digitized Nature' Outdoor Exhibition

Enjoy teamLab in Osaka! Inside the Innovative 'Digitized Nature' Outdoor Exhibition

Date published: 27 May 2022

teamLab is known for their funky light shows and innovative digital displays. While many of these displays are in Tokyo, they also hold various exhibits in other areas of Japan. This time, teamLab Botanical Garden will be held in Nagai, Osaka.

Nagai Botanical Garden reopened on April 1, 2022, after extensive efforts in replanting and other activities to encourage growth. And teamLab’s permanent exhibition, open from July 27, 2022, sees the space as a botanical garden by day, and an avant-garde art space by night.

Main image: ©チームラボ/©teamLab

teamLab in Osaka: The concept

©チームラボ/©teamLab (image for illustration purposes)
©チームラボ/©teamLab (image for illustration purposes)

Under the theme of “digitized nature,” the exhibit explores how nature can become art, and how technology can transform natural scenes into art without harming it. Just as natural scenes are changed by the organisms that live in it, including animals and humans, so too is the teamLab exhibit. The space is affected by the wind and the rain, and by the animals and people passing through, becoming one with the art.

The aim is to “form a continuity without boundaries,” not only between the art, nature, and people, but also between the past, present, and future.

What’s teamLab's Osaka Botanical Garden like?

The teamLab Botanical Garden features seven main elements:
・Resonating Microcosms
・Resonating Trees
Forest of Autonomous Resonating Life
・Concrete and Abstract
・Universe of Fire Particles
・Floating Resonating Lamps
・A mysterious “untitled” exhibit

©チームラボ/©teamLab (image for illustration purposes)
©チームラボ/©teamLab (image for illustration purposes)

One of the highlights of the art space is the “Resonating Microcosms” and “Resonating Trees” area. During the day, you’ll find silvery, reflective “ovoids” reflecting the world around them, but by night, they start to glow 57 different colors.

The ovoids respond to touch, and rock gently back into place, and the surrounding ovoids respond, too. The space is surrounded by the Resonating Trees, which glow various colors, which are continuously responding and changing with the environment.

If you’ve ever visited teamLab’s exhibit in Odaiba, you’ll notice there is something familiar here at the Forest of Autonomous Resonating Life. Large and light balloon-like ovoids react to the wind and human touch, rocking back into place and changing color. Each time they change color, you’ll also hear a sound unique to that color.

©チームラボ/©teamLab (image for illustration purposes)
©チームラボ/©teamLab (image for illustration purposes)

Concrete and Abstract feels almost like an optical illusion. Each time someone new enters the space, new lines are created, producing an entirely new image each time. The lines are computer-generated in real time, meaning that each new set of lines is completely unique, and will never be seen again.

©チームラボ/©teamLab (image for illustration purposes)
©チームラボ/©teamLab (image for illustration purposes)

The other elements and artworks that you can find around the gardens are all interactive in their own way, and you’ll find yourself experiencing different emotions in each space.

At the Floating Resonating Lamps area, small lanterns float on the water, gently lighting up and bobbing along the water’s surface. At the Universe of Fire Particles, you can even take the fiery artwork you see home with you by using their “teamLab: FIRE” app.

Walk around the “Digitized Nature” exhibit in summer and explore all the interactive possibilities to become one with the artwork and nature.

Source: PR Times

  • teamLab Botanical Garden
    チームラボ ボタニカルガーデン 大阪
    • Address 1-23 Nagai Park, Higashi Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka
    • Opens: July 29, 2022 (Permanent exhibition)
      Hours: 7:30p.m. - 10:00p.m. (Last entry 9:30p.m. Opening times vary depending on the season, closed 2nd and 4th Monday of every month.)
      Admission: Adults 1,600 yen, elementary and junior high school students 500 yen (preschool age and younger free)
      Official website: https://www.teamlab.art/e/botanicalgarden/
      Nagai Botanical Garden: https://botanical-garden.nagai-park.jp/

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Cassandra Lord

Cassandra Lord

Cassandra is a British writer and translator living the residential life just outside of Tokyo. She loves finding out hidden things about Japan, and more importantly sniffing out the best food! She's never satisfied with just one hobby, and spends her time finding out new ways to use her creative skills – though the most pertinent here might be her love of Japanese calligraphy! Follow her on Instagram @InCassiesKitchen.

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