Japanese art collective teamLab is bringing its light festival to castle ruins at Fukuoka as part of a project that demonstrates how non-material digital art can turn nature and city into art without harming them.
The exhibition, entitled teamLab: Light Festival in Fukuoka Castle Ruins, will see beautiful stone walls of the largest castle in Kyushu, Japan transformed into a a digital art space of interactive light that changes according to the presence of people.
Among the works on display are Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives in the Stone Wall featuring a light spectacle of animals including an elephant, giraffe and tiger who appear to walk the castle wall; and Stone Steps of Oblivion – a lit up area of stone steps which glows strongly as a person goes close to the stairs and with each step, lights shine bright and then fade.
Built over a period of seven years from 1601, Fukuoka Castle is the largest castle in Kyushu. Often referred to as the Stone Castle, its centre including Honmaru, Ninomaru and Sannomaru palaces were made up entirely of stone walls. Four layers of stone walls make this vast site a perfect space for teamLab’s light festival.
Other exhibits include Resisting and Resonating Ovoids and Trees which feature ovoids placed in the castle ruins amongst the trees, Breathing Resonating Stone Wall, and Spatial Calligraphy in a Stone Wall.
Each of the displays at teamLab: Light Festival in Fukuoka Castle Ruins shine brightly on contact with a person’s presence and then fades slowly, as if breathing. The light effects on the walls are accompanied by a sound tone or colour tone which resonates out in the same way as the light.
The light festival at Fukuoka Castle runs from 1 December 2017 to 28 January 2018.
As a collective, teamLab aims to explore a new relationship between humans and nature through art.
teamLab say: “Digital technology has allowed us to liberate art from the physical and transcend boundaries. We see no boundary between ourselves and nature; one is in the other and the other in one. Everything exists in a long, fragile yet miraculous continuity of life.”
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea