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Tokyo's New teamLab Borderless: An Immersive Art Experience of Light and Shadows
The teamLab Borderless: Mori Building Digital Art Museum officially reopened in February 2024 in Azabudai Hills, Tokyo's newest attraction. Visitors can enjoy 50 immersive art installations by teamLab, along with a tea house with an artistic ambiance that matches the gallery.
The globally renowned art unit teamLab harnesses the power of technology in its works, exploring art, nature, and culture. Their exhibitions can now be seen in various cities around the world.
The new teamLab Borderless: Mori Building Digital Art Museum, located in Azabudai Hills, showcases over 50 art installations, including new works. Read on to learn about the features and highlights of the museum.
teamLab Borderless: A Museum of Unmapped Art Territories
teamLab, Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives II © teamLab
Stepping into the museum, you'll discover that there are no distinct boundaries or divisions between the artworks. They relate to each other, interact, and blend, forming a seamless and endless world with no borders.
The museum itself lacks any predefined pathways. Wandering through its halls, we lost our sense of direction, unsure of where to go.
However, at every corner, at the end of each corridor, surprising discoveries await, leading one to unwittingly lose themselves in this vivid and beautiful world. This is the creative concept of teamLab: Wander, Explore, Discover.
Art Installation: Universe of Water Particles on a Rock where People Gather
teamLab, Universe of Water Particles on a Rock where People Gather © teamLab
One of the most fascinating new works is Universe of Water Particles on a Rock where People Gather, featuring a massive rock in a spacious area.
With soft background music, the environment transforms with variations in light, blooming with a multitude of flowers at one moment and cascading down with a magnificent waterfall the next, leaving viewers in awe.
As you walk on the ground, the flow of the waterfall forms beautiful arches around your feet.
Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together
Another amazing piece, Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together, features colorful flowers blooming all around, with butterflies gracefully dancing among the blossoms.
This immersive experience makes one feel as if they are in a sea of flowers, truly captivating. Moreover, when you place your hand near the wall, the butterflies will flutter around you!
Infinite Crystal World
Derived from teamLab's 2013 work "Crystal Fireworks," the piece titled Infinite Crystal World accumulates countless points of light, akin to pointillism in painting, showcasing infinite possibilities.
Memory of Topography
Entering "Memory of Topography" feels as if stepping into a forest or meadow. Observing the changing scenery all around, akin to the transitions of the four seasons, our presence also influences the artwork, making us feel like an integral part of the entire piece.
An Existence Without Center or Boundary
Reaching out to touch the black spherical object at the center of the artwork, you'll be amazed to realize that it is actually untouchable!
The perceived sphere and the boundaries we think are walls do not exist. This technique, causing visual illusions that challenge us, embodies the charm of "An Existence Without Center or Boundary."
The series "Light Sculpture - Flow" comprises several distinct pieces characterized by interwoven, flowing lights that carve out the themes that this creative unit aims to present and explore. It allows individuals to rediscover the meaning of life amidst vibrant light and shadows.
The "Sketch Ocean," part of the Future Park series, allows visitors to freely sketch and color their favorite marine creatures on-site.
Through scanning, these drawings come to life in a virtual aquarium, swimming freely. This novel concept is beloved by both adults and children.
During our visit, we encountered fish transformed into Pikachu and Crayon Shin-chan—a truly creative challenge!
EN TEA HOUSE
teamLab, Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup © teamLab
After enjoying the wonderful art installation, you'll want to take a break while still enjoying the world of teamLab's art.
The EN TEA HOUSE, located inside the museum, offers classic Japanese flavors like green tea and roasted tea lattes. What's truly surprising is that the drinks served by the staff continuously bloom with digital flowers on top!
As you move the tea set, the flowers move along, and their petals elegantly scatter on the table, creating a sophisticated experience.
teamLab Borderless: Mori Building Digital Art Museum Ticket Information
Those who wish to visit the teamLab Borderless museum can purchase tickets through teamLab's official website.
Ticket prices: The cost for adults/high school students/college students varies depending on the day of the visit, ranging from 3,800 yen to 4,800 yen. Prices also differ between weekdays and weekends.
＊Please note that the cost of beverages at the EN TEA HOUSE is not included in the admission ticket.
Closed Days: Every first and third Tuesday of the month.
Additional Special Closed Days: February 20, March 5, March 19
Enjoy Your Visit at TeamLab Borderless
Diverging from the conventional image of art museums, teamLab Borderless introduces the concept of a "museum without maps," where artworks transcend from the flat plane to become three-dimensional entities, almost as if imbued with life.
Interweaving and interacting with each other, creating connections, visitors to the same space can each have their unique experiences. Art lovers should not miss the opportunity to immerse themselves in the amazing art world created by teamLab!
Main image courtesy of teamLab, Bubble Universe: Physical Light, Bubbles of Light, Wobbling Light, and Environmental Light - One Stroke © teamLab