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Explore the Cosmos in the “Crystal Universe” Installation

Ever wanted to wander unencumbered through the cosmic expanse? None of humanity’s constructions—just stars and space. I’m talking journey through the astral plane, or trip through an imagined astrological Upside Down… but where there aren’t bloodthirsty monsters. TeamLab, a digital art collective, have created an experience that comes pretty close.

The “Crystal Universe” is a collection of LEDs arranged in a three-dimensional environment. Currently on display in Tokyo, the traveling art exhibition gives the illusion of an endless universe. TeamLab had this to say of the piece, via Sploid:

“This artwork uses accumulated light points to create a sculptural body, similar to the way distinct dots of color form an image in a pointillist painting. In Crystal Universe, the particles of light are digitally controlled, and change based on the viewer’s interactivity with the work. The result is an installation consisting of an accumulation of lights, forming a sculpture that expresses the universe.”

The viewers themselves are the ones given digital control over the environment. By selecting a “universal element” or their smartphones and swiping in the direction of the exhibit, people can interact with, and even control, their cosmic experience. If you’ve ever actually wanted to be the center of a universe, this is your chance.

The Crystal Universe is one of several recent immersive art exhibitions (the Rain Room and Infinity Mirror Room are similar examples) that quasi-replicates a virtual reality experience. Without any VR device, viewers have the ability to feel that they’re in some other realm, like a lucid dream, or Eleven’s mind while in the depths of a sensory deprivation tank. Pretty cool stuff.

Anybody have the opportunity to check this out yet? Let us know in the comments.

Image: TeamLabNet/YouTube

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