Located in Odaiba, Tokyo is teamLab’s flagship permanent space, the MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless.
Two floors contain an amazing and unique interactive, digital museum which fully immerses the visitors within five distinct zones where unlike most museums you are encouraged to touch, bounce, climb and play with the exhibits.
So who are teamLab? Formed in 2001 teamLab is an art collective that contains artists, programmers, engineers, animators, mathematicians and architects. According to their site their vision is stated that ‘teamLab aims to explore a new relationship between humans and nature, and between oneself and the world through art. Digital technology has allowed art to liberate itself from the physical and transcend boundaries. teamLab sees no boundary between humans and nature, and between oneself and the world; one is in the other and the other in one. Everything exists in a long, fragile yet miraculous, borderless continuity of life.’
In the museum virtually all the artworks are computer generated in real time and many of the exhibits respond to human interaction and touch while futuristic style music adds to the smoke and mirrors effect.
You probably would have seen pictures of this place on social media as it’s probably Tokyo’s most Instagram friendly places but if you visit you will miss out if you constantly snap photos, to truly experience the artist’s vision you need to immerse yourself in the world. But a few snaps are obviously a must.
There are over 40 artworks that sometime move from room to room so it is not always possible to see them all but some of the highlights of the museum include
Wander through the Crystal World filled with LED strands of shimmering light.
Forest of Resonating Lamps which is a mirrored room filled with 1000 motion sensitive lanterns suspended in various spaces and at random heights
Multi Jumping Universe which is great for kids and adults ‘inner’ kids where you can jump and bounce to create planets and trails of stars
And to end visit the EN Tea House where for 500Yen you will be presented with a bowl of tea that blooms digital flowers and scatters them as you drink repeatedly until you finish your cup.
This place is 100% on my to do list on my next trip to Japan and from what I have heard it is defiantly a must do experience.