Under the theme of ‘harmonious diversity’, teamlab showcases two art exhibits within the expo 2015 milan japan pavilion. the interactive installations are spread across two rooms, comprising ab immersive projection space that requires the visitor to wade through a technological expanse, to a digital waterfall of information, relaying descriptive knowledge about japanese food.
Rice fields are the backbone of japan’s food culture. in order to demonstrate the importance of paddy fields for the japanese people, both traditionally and culturally, teamlab describe the necessary relationship between humans and nature. the exhibition space is infilled with an interactive art installation comprising a sea of screens resembling ears of rice. these screens have been installed at varying heights throughout the room — spanning from visitors’ knees to waist — creating an interactive projection space that seems to spread out infinitely.
The projected images that make up ‘harmony‘ change with visitors’ movements as they meander through the vast expanse, making them both appear and feel as if they are wading their way through rice fields. as they wander around, people can experience the passing of nature that is characteristic of japan across the period of a whole year.