During Expo 2015 in Milan next month, Japanese collective teamLab will exhibit a digital interactive installation, titled “Harmony”, developed to fill the Japan Pavilion. Rice fields form the background of the origin of Japan’s food culture. They were grown and developed in areas at different height levels, mid to high river basins. This is reflected in the terraced rice-fields that are so characteristic of Japan, a country surrounded by mountains and the sea. The process was made possible thanks to the beautiful harmony that has existed between humans and nature.
In order to show the fact that paddy fields have prospered in places with differing heights, as well as through the harmonious relationship between humans and nature, the space of the exhibition room has been filled with screens resembling ears of rice. These screens have been installed at a variety of different heights, from the knees up to the waist, creating an interactive projection space that seems to spread out infinitely at various heights and directions. The projected images change in line with the visitors’ movements as they wander through the room.
This interactive art installation creates a space where visitors look as if they are wading their way through the rice fields. As they wander around, people can experience a passing of nature that is characteristic of Japan across the period of a whole year.
all images and video courtesy of teamLab