teamLab's Borderless - Interactive, Innovative Art In Odaiba

Tokyo 2018.07.19

teamLab opened a novel, interactive museum in Odaiba, Tokyo in June 2018. Here one can enjoy innovative art, including never-before-seen exhibits, organized into five worlds based on the concept of "Borderless." This article covers our experience.

Translated by Sandy Lau

Written by miho

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A New Type of Museum from teamLab

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Picture courtesy of teamLab

teamLab is a group of specialists in Japan actively involved in the field of technology. Their work gathers fans from all over the world.

The company holds events throughout the globe, both in and outside of Japan. This time, they have opened the permanent exhibition, MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless, in Tokyo's Odaiba.

The museum is a large-scale 3D space created with 520 computers and 470 projectors. The exhibition is composed of five worlds: Borderless World, teamLab Athletics Forest, Future Park, Future of Lamps, and EN Tea House.

There is also plenty of innovative artwork on display  here in these exhibits. For example, visitors can receive tea at EN Tea House and a digital flower will bloom and grow on its surface.

Without further ado, let’s go and discover the charms of teamLab!

1. Borderless World

The order of the art that visitors see is random at Borderless World. Here, it will appear that the themes of the artwork vary from piece to piece, but all the artwork is interactive and influences the other.

As a result, there are no borders between each piece of artwork, and sometimes they may even blend together. There is also no boundary between the viewer and the artwork, so museum-goers will feel like they have become part of the art exhibit.

Borderless World

One of the most notable pieces in the museum is Universe of Water Particles on a Rock Where People Gather.

When you face the Rock Where People Gather there will be an endlessly flowing waterfall. Due to the changing colors and the threads of light, the artwork will sometimes appear very vibrantly, while at other times the water will flow calmly.You will feel moved by this piece, no matter what angle you view it from.

wander through the crystal world

The Way of the Sea in the Crystal World was another highlight for our writer.

In this space, the background music and light effects go so well together that you’ll feel as if you’ve traveled into a crystal world. Visitors won’t even know where they are standing at times, due to the large quantities of reflective mirrors installed into the exhibit.

flower forest

The Flower Forest: Lost, Immerse and Reborn is an area recommended for those who love flowers. The flowers will fully and brilliantly bloom like jewels when visitors stand still. On the other hand, when you touch or walk close by the them, the flowers are designed to flutter around.

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Another installation not to miss is the projection on the walls of the stairs going to the second floor. Climb the stairs one step at a time and the artwork will move as if it is chasing after you.

2. teamLab Athletics Forest

The concept of this area is understanding the world physically and thinking of the world three-dimensionally. In this complex three-dimensional space, visitors use their physical and psychological senses.

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The Light Forest Three-Dimensional Bouldering is a 3D space where guests climb onto sparkling boulders and move forward in mid-air. To continue moving, place your hands and feet on the sparkling boulders that are the same colors as what you are holding. Your surroundings will react and begin to shine in the same colors.

As the positions of all participants are supervised with sensors, so it is safe and there is almost no chance of colliding into other people.

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The light objects in this installation move against gravity. There are both objects on the ground and objects floating in mid-air, defying gravity. Touch one of the light objects and it will react by playing music or change colors.

3. Learn at a Futuristic Amusement Park

This area has been prepared as an educational project with the concept of collaborative creativity and creation. Both children and adults can freely create and contribute to this area.

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The Sketch Aquarium is an installation that has been popular for some time. Visitors will first draw a creature of their liking and color it in. Once finished, museum-goers will scan their sketch and it will be projected onto the screen of the aquarium.

Having the artwork you’ve drawn come alive is an experience like no other!

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Different types of fruits are grown on the slide at the Slide and Learn! Fruit Field area. Here, visitors act as the sunlight. The seeds and fruits will grow large when you collide into the fruits.

4. Forest of Lamps

Stand near the lamps and they will shine brightly and echo with sound.

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This forest of lamps scene may be familiar to some guests, as it resembles Lantern Festivals held in Japan and other countries. This area has mirrors on the ground, making for an even more impressive view due to the reflection.

5. EN TEA HOUSE

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EN TEA HOUSE is a tea house in a completely darkened space. Here you will choose your favorite drink before entering. The tea house has a selection of yuzu green tea, green tea, hojicha (roasted green tea) latte, and other items.

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An employee at the tea house will pour your tea into a clear cup. Our writer ordered the hojicha latte, and when the staff member finished pouring the latte, a flower made of light rose to the latte's surface.

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The flowers will also move along with your movements and will bloom on your tabletop when you move spots. Sip your tea and enjoy the sight of these endlessly blooming flowers.

Ticket Information and How to Purchase

Price: Adults/High School, University Students: 3200 yen plus tax (June 21 - July 31, 2018 Commemorative Opening Price: 2400 yen), Children (four years old – junior high school): 1000 yen

Where to Purchase: On the official website or sold at Japanese convenience stores such as Lawson and 7-Eleven

* Drinks at EN TEA HOUSE Genkatei (tea house) are not included in the price of the ticket.

Experience an Interactive and New Art Space

The information we encounter in modern life is mainly two-dimensional content acquired from books, computers, and smartphones. teamLab, a company creating interactive spaces where people communicate, experience, and create installations through art, is expecting your visit.

Visit the museum and you’ll find that the exhibitions are worth more than the price you pay for the ticket, and full of art that you will want to see again.

* This article was translated and revised from an article originally in Chinese.

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