teamLab’s ‘A Forest Where Gods Live’ Exhibition Returns to Saga in 2019

01.March.2019 | SPOT

teamLab’s annual A Forest Where Gods Live exhibition is set to take place for the fifth year in a row from July until October 31 at Mifuneyama Rakuen Park in Saga Prefecture.

The exhibition is part of teamLab’s Digitized Nature project which is conscious of how nature has formed over a very long period of time, and that we can gain a sense of the continuity of nature by turning it into art through forms like rocks, caves and forests. This is the same at Mifuneyama Rakuen where these elements have formed over a long time which people across all generations have sought meaning in them.


Mifuneyama Rakuen Park opened in 1845 and spans an enormous 500,000 square meters. It is considered a National Treasure of Japan.


Standing at the borderline of the park is the grand and scared 3,000-year-old Okusu tree of Takeo Shrine. The park is also home to another 300 year old Okusu tree which sits in the heart of the forest. teamLab notes how the border between the garden and the wild forest is ambiguous and that before people know it, they have already entered the woods and animal trails.

teamLab will use the rocks, caves and forest to encourage contemplation of the meaning of “Continuous Life” through their digital art which while is non-material does not harm nature in any way.


List of Major Works

Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and Boats – Mifuneyama Rakuen Pond
teamLab, 2015, Interactive Digitized Nature, 13min 24sec, Sound: Hideaki Takahash


Life is Continuous Light – Azalea Valley
teamLab, 2017, Interactive Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi


Ever Blossoming Life Rock
teamLab, 2017, Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi


Universe of Water Particles on a Sacred Rock
teamLab, 2017, Digitized Nature


Rock Wall Spatial Calligraphy, Continuous Life – Five Hundred Arhats
teamLab, 2017, Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi


Resonating Forest – Cherry Blossoms and Maple
teamLab, 2017, Interactive Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi


Abstract and Concrete – Forest Entrance
teamLab, 2018, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi


Graffiti Nature – Living in the Ruins of a Bathhouse
teamLab, 2017, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi


Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup
teamLab, 2016, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi


Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke
teamLab, 2018, Interactive Installation, Murano Glass, LED, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi


This is just a sample of the exhibitions set to arrive this year. teamLab has many new pieces in the works, so don’t miss out on the chance to experience this wonderful coming together of digital art and nature.