Floating Resonating Lamps - One Stroke, Fire

teamLab, 2019, Interactive Installation, Murano Glass, LED, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

The lamps floating on the water’s surface are autonomous, shining brightly and then fading as if breathing.

When a lamp on the water’s surface sways or when a person stands still nearby, it shines brightly and emits a color that resonates out. The light of that lamp is transmitted to other lamps. The transmitted light also shines brightly and emits a sound, which is transmitted continuously to other lamps. The transmitted light always travels through each of the lamps only once, shining brightly, as it propagates through all of the lamps.

The light is transmitted in such a way that it travels from one lamp to the next nearest lamp, to the next nearest lamp. In other words, the light travels in a single stroke along the shortest route through all of the lamps only once.

The resonating lamps on the water’s surface change location moment by moment.
Because the total distance covered by the propagating light is the shortest possible, even if the same lamp starts to shine, the path of light changes every moment.

When the transmitted light meets with a light originating from a different starting point, the lamp where the two lights meet shines brightly for longer. People will surely feel the presence of others in the same space.

The lampshade is made of Murano glass (Venetian glass).