Learn & Play! teamLab Future Park
Rapid technological development will continue to accelerate into the future and many jobs will be taken over by machines. In thirty years today’s children will have jobs that we cannot imagine. In a future society, traits that only humans can possess—such as the ability to think and act creatively—will become increasingly more important.
Humans are essentially collaborative and creative.
However, our current education system teaches us that there is only one correct answer—all other answers are incorrect. Free thinking is discouraged, we are told it is wrong and are corrected. As a result, we become afraid of making mistakes, and we lose our natural creativity.
In practice there is never just one correct answer. A correct answer from ten years ago may have become incorrect today. If we produce an answer that makes other people happy, then that becomes a new correct answer. It is creativity that overcomes the problem of only one right and one wrong answer.
Today tests are taken by individuals and evaluated by individuals. Without knowing it individualism is hammered into us. Furthermore, many people today are addicted to smartphones. Their brains may be connected to someone via the smartphone, but their body remains thoroughly isolated and as a result opportunities for nurturing collaboration are decreasing.
Humans learn about the world through interaction with others and by sharing experiences. People think with their bodies as they move through the world, and much of human society has developed through creative achievements born from collaboration and collective play. This is why collaborative creativity, or the experience of co-creation, is now very important.
teamLab focuses on encouraging changes in the relationships between people in the same space. In order to make the presence of others a positive experience, teamLab hopes that individual creative activities can be transformed into co-creative actions.
By focusing on the concept “Changing the Relationships Among People: Making the Presence of Other People a Positive Experience” teamLab hopes to change individual creative acts into positive creative experiences with other people, and to create ‘co-creative’ activity in our everyday lives. This project was born from such a wish.