Walking through a weightless forest, made of balloons, touching digital birds or a waterfall out of light rays: In Tokyo’s Odaiba district the new museum “MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless” opened and leads you to another world. Why borderless? Because the experience wants you to break down barriers and float from one of the 50 interactive displays to the other without realizing.
The museum is a partnership between Mori Building, a developer, and TeamLab, an art collective. With over 10,000 square meters of space with five different zones and more than 520 computers and 470 high-tech projectors, the museum combines science, art, technology, design and images of the natural world with simulations in a completely new way.
“If an artist can put thoughts and feelings directly into people’s experiences, artworks too can move freely, form connections and relationships with people, and have the same concept of time as the human body,” Toshiyuki Inoko, founder of teamLab, says about the opening.
“Borderless World,” the first zone, is an interactive digital landscape, where the seasons and flowers are always changing. Here you’ll find the “Universe of Water Particles” and the ever-changing “Way Of The Sea”.
The second zone is the “Athletics Forest,” a zone intended to train the brain’s spatial recognition abilities and wants to keep them moving with a bouncing trampoline and balancing hanging boards.
And the third part, called “Future Park”, is specifically designed for children with huge balloons and tiny towns to rebuild. Plus, there is a digital aquarium and a musical wall that plays sounds when touched.
Moving from the ever changing part of the museum, the exhibition turns into the more static “Forest of Lamps.” Which might remind some of you of the artworks by Yayoi Kusama. But it’s different, since you aren’t able to touch Kusamas sea of light: Here at this museum in Tokyo one light spreads from one lamp to the next one, once a lamp is touched. Founder Inoko says in the press release: “We explore a new relationship that transcends the boundaries between people, and between people and the world.”
The final area is the “En Tea House” where you can sip a cup of green tea while augmented reality technology makes digital flowers bloom inside your cup. Even though the other four parts of the exhibition could leave you speechless because if the surreal experiences, this final communal act of enjoying tea, encourages visitors to talk with each other again.
More information and tickets (buying in advance): borderless.teamlab.art
Adress: MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless
Odaiba Palette Town, 1-3-8 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan