Cold Life

teamLab, 2014, Digital Work, 7min 15sec (loop), Calligraphy: Sisyu

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Cold Life

teamLab, 2014, Digital Work, 7min 15sec (loop), Calligraphy: Sisyu

A calligraphic series of brush strokes modelled in virtual 3-D space forms the character 生 (Japanese/Chinese for life) which metamorphoses into a tree. As time passes, various life forms begin to emanate and grow from within the tree.

This artwork was created by peeling away the surface of the artwork Life Survives by the Power of Life, 2011.

In computer graphics, and similarly in this digital work, wireframe models with abstract and high levels of data are rendered into 3-D objects. When the surfaces of these computer-generated images are peeled off, their underlying mesh-like structures are revealed. Expressed by the intricacy of this work, teamLab exemplifies 3-D rendering in its stripped-down state while maintaining a highly complex and elaborate construction.