Catching and Collecting Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders

teamLab, 2021, Interactive Digital installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

Catching and Collecting Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders

teamLab, 2021, Interactive Digital installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

The Catching and Collecting Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders is a new learning project based on the concept of Catch, Study, Release, in which people explore the world with their bodies, discovering, catching, and broadening their interests based on what they catch. Explore with your smartphone app, capture various butterflies, study them, and create your very own collection book.


Various butterflies live in the forests. When you touch a butterfly, it will escape and fly away.


Download the dedicated smartphone application for GINZA 456. When you use your smartphone's camera to look at a butterfly moving in the space, and then shoot a "study arrow" at the butterfly in the camera’s view, the arrow flies out from your phone into the real space. When the butterfly is hit by the arrow, it disappears from the space and is added to your smartphone’s collection. Information about the butterfly you capture will be stored in the app's collection book.


When you throw a captured butterfly towards a location you can see in the app’s camera, the butterfly is released and returns to that location.


The more you capture the same butterfly, the more detailed information you can record in your collection book.