Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders, Ephemeral Life
teamLab, 2017, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless
In the interactive work Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders, Ephemeral Life, butterflies are born from where people stand in the exhibition and flutter about the space. As the work progresses, the butterflies fly seamlessly into the nearby installation artworks, eliminating the boundaries between the works. This process ultimately creates an all-encompassing interactive installation.
The flight pattern of the butterflies is influenced by the state of other works, as well as the behavior of the viewers: the butterflies gather in places in other works where flowers bloom, and if a viewer touches a butterfly, it dies.
The artwork is created in real time by a computer program. The images are not prerecorded or played back. The entire work continuously changes and the same state will never be repeated.