Glitter ball: Art goes digital

10 : 01 : 2014 Digital : Installation : TeamLab

Hong Kong – A digital art installation portrays the global flow of information as a series of luminous balls.

Tokyo creative agency teamLab filled a room in the Hong Kong Arts Centre with giant glowing balls. The balls, which are wirelessly connected, change colour when they are touched. Touching a single ball begins a chain reaction: as one changes colour, it passes this information to other balls, until the same colour has spread throughout the room. The balls also emit sound, which changes along with the colour. The effect is simultaneously dreamlike and playful.

The Homogenising and Transforming World installation aims to depict the interconnectivity created by the internet. ‘The internet has spread throughout the world,’ says project lead Hideaki Takahashi. ‘People act as the intermediary for the information and in an instant the information spreads and the world unifies.’

This ingenious Soundscape blurs the lines between technology and art. For more on these rapidly converging fields, read our microtrend, Game Imitates Art.

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