100 years sea [Running time: 100 years] — Experimenta

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100 years sea [Running time: 100 years]


In 100 years sea [Running time: 100 years], interdisciplinary Japanese creative group teamLab animate the 2009 prediction by World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) that sea levels will rise by 120cm by the end of this century. The animation began on the 10th of December 2009 and runs for 100 years. teamLab have drawn from the traditional Japanese Yamato-e style of painting and logic to produce this work.

Founder and Director of teamLab, Toshiyuki Inoko believes the underpinning logic of Japanese spatial recognition blurs the subject and object, while in the Western tradition of perspective, there is a line of separation between the self and the outside world. As he says: ‘What if a visual approach different from Western spatial recognition took root and became the norm? … before long the boundaries between man and his environment would stop making sense, and we might create a new kind of society and culture. That is a bit hyperbolic on my part, but that’s the kind of artwork we’d like to create at teamLab.

The presentation of this work in Experimenta Recharge and its national tour will have Australian audiences experiencing approximately one and a half years of the animation. The presentation of this work has been made possible with support of Digistor and Autodesk.


Presented as part of: Experimenta Recharge: 6th International Biennial of Media Art, which toured Australia in 2014–2016.

The Artist

teamLab aims to explore the relationship between the self and the world and new perceptions through art. In order to understand the world around them, people separate it into independent entities with perceived boundaries between them.