Japanese collective group Teamlab presented their installation named Forest Of Resonating Lamps at Maison & Object a few days ago. The installation containing thousands of rezonating lamps reacting to the people who move around them attracted attention on Hall 7’s entry.
When a person remains still at close range of a lamp, it shines brightly and emits a tone color that resonates out. The light of this lamp becomes the starting point, and it spreads to the two nearest lamps. The light from the lamps transmits the same tone color to other lamps, one after another, spreading out continuously.
If a light comes from the other side of the room, it means that there is someone else standing there. Visitors become aware of the presence of other people in the same space.All the lamps, seemingly scattered out randomly, are placed in the space to form a continuous line when the two lamps closest to each other are connected with a line. The first lamp responding to a person’s position resonates to the two lamps closest to the first light, and these two lamps then resonate to their nearby lamps, thus forming a chain reaction by passing the entire lamps in one loop until the resonating action ends at the first originating lamp. In other words, the light responding to a person is transmitted out as one line of light, passing through all lamps only once per lamp.
The planar arrangement of the lamps is staggered in zigzag to fill a space, staying in a perfectly ordered grid. This is the first constraint. The second constraint is the height and width of the room and the pathway that people walk through, thus creating a “boundary condition.” The third constraint is that all the lamps, when connected to its two closest lamps three-dimensionally, form a unicursal pattern with the same start and end points.
The placement of lights were mathematically calculated so that it satisfies these constraints/conditions. The quantification of the variability of lamps’ direction and the average angle that creates a three-dimensional route were examined multiple times in order to achieve the final placement.
The arrangement of the lamps thus created is beautiful not only in an immobilized, static kind of way, but more so in a dynamic way caused by people approaching these lamps. It demonstrates the space of new era; the space freely designed through digital technology, and adapting the change and movement made by people’s existence in it.