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Aerial Climbing through a Flock of Colored Birds

teamLab, 2018-, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: DAISHI DANCE

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Aerial Climbing through a Flock of Colored Birds

teamLab, 2018-, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: DAISHI DANCE

Aerial Climbing was developed by teamLab, it features connected boards hanging in mid-air on ropes, creating a floating three dimensional space. Visitors use these boards to navigate the space in mid-air through three dimensions, trying not to fall. As the boards are linked, the movement caused by one person on a board will have an effect on boards further down the line. The arrangement of boards will differ depending on the selected route and visitors will get a different experience depending on the various ways the boards are linked.


Flocks of birds fly around freely in this space. They fly trying to avoid the people standing on the boards. Each visitor has a badge of a certain color and when the birds fly close by, they take that color and turn into that color.


The movement of thousands of birds is beautiful and mysterious, like a single giant life form. The flock has neither a leader nor mutual consensus, but moves on the simple basis of; if my neighbour moves, then I move too. The biological mechanism that causes flocks of hundreds of birds to move at the same time is enigmatic. It seems there is a universal principle that humans do not understand. Likewise, the coloring of the space by the flock is not predetermined. Influenced by the presence of people, the space becomes a complex and beautiful coloration. This coloration is created by the movement of each bird obeying some kind of primitive rule. 


The work is rendered in real time by a computer program, it is neither a prerecorded animation nor imagery on loop. The work as a whole is in constant change; previous states will never be repeated and can never be seen again.