Japanese art collective teamLab returns for the third time to Shimogamo Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kyoto, to hold the exhibition, Digitized Forest at the World Heritage Site of Shimogamo Shrine, Kyoto Art by teamLab – TOKIO INKARAMI.
The concept behind this exhibition is “Digitized Nature” (turning nature into art without harming it). This year’s exhibition has expanded, turning both Tadasu Forest and Shimogamo Shrine into an art space that changes due to the presence of people.
teamLab is executing an art project called Digitized Nature, where nature becomes art. The concept of the project is that non-material digital technology can turn nature into art without harming it.
Digital technologies, such as sensors, networks, light, and sound, are non-material and have no physical impact on the environment. teamLab believes that by using such non-material digital technologies, nature can be turned into living art without harming it.
Humans exist as a part of an eternal continuity of life and death, a process which has been continuing for an overwhelmingly long time. It is hard for a person, however, to sense this in the everyday lives. teamLab believes that by using what nature has created and molded over a long period of time, humans can begin to feel the long, long continuity of time that people are normally unable to perceive.
In addition to the works exhibited last year along the path of Tadasu Forest and inside the Shimogamo Shrine tower gate, this year will bring new works, including Walk, Walk, Walk – Tadasu Forest at Shimogamo Shrine, where a group of anonymous and diverse figures walk along the Izumigawa River as it flows through Tadasu Forest. These works will transform Tadasu Forest and Shimogamo Shrine into an art space that is perpetually and continuously changing.
The exhibition will be on view from August 17 to September 2, 2019. Tickets are available at Lawson, Ministop and Lawson Ticket.