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During the display, Shimogamo Shrine and the surrounding forest will be bathed in color and light | © Steven Bratman/Flickr
During the display, Shimogamo Shrine and the surrounding forest will be bathed in color and light | © Steven Bratman/Flickr
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Teamlab Brings Digital Art to Ancient Shimogamo Shrine

Picture of Alicia Joy
Tokyo Writer
Updated: 27 August 2016
Teamlab and Shimgamo Shrine in Kyoto are teaming up to bring an interactive art display to the public. Teamlab is a creative team based in Japan that specializes in immersive, large-scale, digital art. Now, as part of the Light Festival in nearby Tadasu no Mori (Forest of Correction), they’re bringing their talent to Kyoto in the form of two illuminating and colorful art installations for a limited time.

From now until August 31st, Teamlab’s ‘Resonating Spheres’ and ‘Resonating Trees’ will illuminate Shimogamo in a burst of colour and light. The Resonating Trees welcome visitors to the shrine at the entrance as the light and colour of the illuminations are affected by human presence. Sensing movement, the colours bloom and change from that point of origin, creating a stunning visual affect. The Resonating Trees display will also respond to animal presence; Teamlab hopes this will remind people of the existence of other living things sharing our space.

The Resonating Spheres are large orbs set up around the shrine. Unlike most art, these are ones you are encouraged to touch. As an interactive display, the large orbs change colour in response to touch. All of the spheres are connected so this in turn affects the colors of all the surrounding globes, creating a chain reaction of light and art. It’s a metaphor for the cause and effect of the world, but also its harmony.

Shimogamo Shrine is one of seventeen Historical Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. Dating back to the sixth century, it is one of Japan’s oldest shrines. Teamlab’s artistic display will bring modern digital art and ancient beauty together for an experience like no other.

During the display, Shimogamo Shrine and the surrounding forest will be bathed in color and light | © Steven Bratman/Flickr
During the display, Shimogamo Shrine and the surrounding forest will be bathed in color and light | © Steven Bratman/Flickr