from April 25 to May 31, 2021, the art collective teamlab unveiled its exhibition ‘prayer’ without an audience. the unique exhibition showcased the new installations, including “the eternal universe of words”, in which calligraphy and its recitation created a universe of prayer, as well as the massive “luminous sculpture of flames”. also shown at the exhibition was “the eternal universe of words”, in which calligraphy is always written in three dimensions across an infinite space. these words are recited by buddhist monks with the help of zenbo hidaka, the deputy chief priest of koyasan sanbō-in.
the eternal universe of worlds
shown without an audience at teamlab’s “prayer” exhibit, the spatial calligraphy is continually written and recited aloud. calligraphy spreads and resonates in infinite space. the team comments on the new digital installation: ‘if you lie down or sit for a while, your body will eventually float and become one with the universe of works of art. each word has a unique pronounced sound. when people get closer to a word, the spoken sound also gets closer. ‘
flame light sculpture
teamlab reinstalled the interactive light sculpture designed in 2016 during its recent “prayer” exhibition. here, the digital installation includes three-dimensional pointillism, a method of representation that expresses the subject through a series of points. this interactive sculpture, however, consists of a collection of light points that are used to express three-dimensional objects. for this work, an interactive three-dimensional flame is produced by the light points.
universe of fire particles
this new digital installation was presented for the first time during the teamlab “prayer” exhibition. depicted in a continuous loop, the work depicts an artistic interpretation of ethereal flames. the team seeks to express the phenomenon of light and heat as both a sensory experience and an object. here the flame is represented as a continuum of many fire particles with calculated interactions.
universe of fire particles falling from the sky
teamlab creates this ethereal work of art for ‘prayer’, which features a collection of lines drawn in space by the movement of molecules of burning gas. the aggregate of rows is then flattened by “super-subjective space”, as Teamlab notes. when visitors view the artwork from above, pitch black appears among the ever-changing flame.