TESHIMA 8 MILLION LAB (2016)


Work by Sputniko! (MIT Media Lab, Design Fiction Group)
Permanent pavilion on Teshima in Benesse Art Site Naoshima
Commissioned by Fukutake Foundation as part of Setouchi Art Triennale 2016. View instagram to see people's photographs of the facility

Teshima 8 Million Lab is the first Shinto shrine worshipping a genetically engineered life - a silkworm created in Sputniko!'s new work Red Silk of Fate - Tamaki's Crush. In the Shinto religion, "Yaoyorozu" (which literally means "8 Million") is a word used to describe the myriad of gods believed to reside in almost anything - such as the wind, the ocean, trees and animals. Conceived by artist Sputniko!, Teshima 8 Million Lab sets out to create new members of Yaoyorozu, forming a mythology from emerging science and art. Far from the big city and located on a site blessed with an abundance of nature, the facility invites the exploration of alternative perspectives on our future of nature and beliefs, as science continues to move forward.

Architecture by: Naruse Inokuma Architects
Curation by: Yuko Hasegawa

Articles:
Teshima 8 Million Lab(Official Benesse Artsite Naoshima page)
About Sputniko!'s Teshima 8 Million Lab(Official Benesse Artsite Naoshima page)
Sputniko! Merges Mythology and Science in New Art Installation on Teshima (Spoon & Tamago blog)
Seto Inland Sea arts festival off to yet another roaring start (Asahi Digital, with Video)
TL Magazine - Benesse ArtSite Naoshima
スプツニ子!による「豊島八百万ラボ」とは? (ベネッセアートサイト直島公式ページ)
豊島八百万ラボ(ベネッセアートサイト直島公式ページ)
瀬戸内国際芸術祭が開幕 今年はアジアとの交流に重点(朝日新聞デジタル)動画アリ
スプツニ子!さんアート語る 瀬戸内国際芸術祭で「豊島八百万ラボ」(山陽新聞)動画アリ
豊島にスプツニ子!さんラボ完成 島民に紹介「縁結びの場に」(山陽新聞) 動画アリ






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