When the MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless opened in Tokyo in June, it became one of the world’s first museums dedicated solely to digital art—which is fitting, because stepping inside the immersive gallery feels like venturing into a new frontier.
Inside the vast 107,639-square-foot space located in Tokyo’s Odaiba district, 520 computers and 470 projectors create some 50 dreamlike digital installations that move down corridors, fuse with other works, and even respond to visitors’ movements. The projections, helmed by the Japanese collective of tech-art creatives known as teamLab, involve surreal digitizations that depict natural moments of serenity—flowers blooming, waves crashing, birds soaring. According to the museum’s masterminds, the futuristic exhibition space has one driving purpose: to explore how humans relate to nature in the digital age.
Although it’s not the first time the high-profile—and heavily Instagrammed—digital artworks have been put on display (previous showcases span major art cities like Shanghai, Cape Town, London, and Paris), teamLab’s decision to open a permanent space devoted entirely to the installations in Tokyo makes the tech-art museum the first of its kind (though surely not the last).
The museum’s maze-like layout is divided into five exhibition sections—among them Borderless World, Athletics Forest, Future Park, Forest of Lamps, and the En Tea House—spread out over two floors. Responding to real-time coding, the installations create a series of shifting three-dimensional spaces designed for visitors to engage with and explore.
Scroll through the photos below for a peek inside the MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless in Tokyo.
Where else to see teamLab’s otherworldly installations in Japan:
Toyosu, Tokyo, Japan
On display for the next two years, this temporary museum features an intimate collection of notable teamLab installations such as “Expanding Three-dimensional Existence in Intentionally Transforming Space—Free Floating, 12 Colors” (pictured above). This Toyosu museum, which is within walking distance from Tokyo’s Shin-Toyosu train station, is full of tactile surprises. To enter, you’ll need to remove your shoes. (US$29 for adults, US$18 for children)
Takeo Hot Springs, Kyushu, Japan
On the island of Kyushu in Japan’s Saga prefecture, colorful digitizations light up the hot springs, caves, and forests of Mifuneyama Rakuen Park through October 2018. The concept of the project, created by teamLab and earth music&ecology, is to demonstrate that technology can turn nature into art without harming it. (US$11 for adults, free for children)
This sacred Kyoto grove, home to the UNESCO World Heritage site known as the Shimogamo Shrine, will be lit with egg-shaped digital installations that change colors and resonate when touched. (US$9 Monday-Friday, US$11 Saturday-Sunday)
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