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TeamLab Borderless

Immerse yourself in a borderless world.

Ilze

Ilze

Published on 25 Jun, 12:00

Consisting of an interdisciplinary group of CG animators, engineers, artists, mathematicians, architects and programmers, the TeamLab collective was formed in 2001 in Tokyo. The group's art was initially not very profitable, but after being invited to make their debut by renowned Japanese artist Takashi Murakami in 2011, TeamLab began exhibiting around the world and grew in popularity.

The collective uses digital technology developed by EPSON to completely immerse viewers in an ever-changing, interactive world. The aim is to use art to explore how individual interacts with, and perceives, the world around them.

Located in the Mori building digital art museum, right beneath Odaiba's giant ferris wheel, their permanent display at TeamLab Borderless is definitely a place one could spend all day in, exploring the various exhibitions and ever-changing digital scenes that float through, around and in front of you.

TeamLab Borderless official website describes the installations as:

“A group of artworks that form one continuous, borderless world. Artworks move out of the rooms freely, form connections and relationships with people, communicate with other works, influence and sometimes intermingle with each other, and have the same concept of time as the human body.”

It is important to note that, in some parts of the museum, one is asked not to touch the display, so please follow the instructions of the staff. Once you enter the display area, one is greeted by a large, dark space illuminated by floating flowers on the walls, floor and roof, aptly known as the flower room.

There is a small hill one can climb on to pose for photos – as you can imagine, the entire TeamLab experience is very instagramable!

Some of the displays in the flower room
Some of the displays in the flower room

Once you have explored the flower room, you can visit some of the rooms that diverge from it, where one can see displays that mimic different kinds of weather, fireworks, wild animals, the waves of the ocean and much more.

The room I dubbed the "storm room" was one I found particularly enthralling. It consists of long lines of LED lights that constantly change color, sound and movement to mimic storms, rainbows, sunshine and other weather patterns.

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The "storm room"

After exploring the main area, one can move on to the second floor, where another highlight is the forest of lamps, which by now graces many an Instagram feed.

Due to the popularity of this installation, one must queue up for a few minutes (depending on how busy it is) and you can only stay in the installation for about 3 minutes before exiting. Enough time for some great photos, however!

The forest of lamps
The forest of lamps

Another popular, far more interactive section is the athletic forest, where one can partake in various games reminiscent of video games – jumping from one block to another, trying to balance on moving swings and so on.

There is also a playground type of movable display with houses, horse and carts and moving rivers. Do please note that if you are not wearing sneakers, you would have to rent some, as it is not possible to take part in the athletic forest activities if you are wearing high heels or sandals.

If all that physical activity has tired you out, you can even sit down and color in one of the provided pictures, all based on the desert animals on the display you see in front of you.

Balance beams in the athletic forest
Balance beams in the athletic forest

If, after all this excitement, you are feeling thirsty, the EN tea house is a great place to stop and get some refreshments – also interactive, of course!

The tea house offers various cold and warm brews, as well as an ice cream set. The tea is specially grown in Kyushu, and is the result of a collaboration between tea master Shunichi Matsuo and Maruwakaya, a company that focuses on traditional Japanese culture.

The ice cream is completely organic, with the distinct umami flavor of green tea, and its creation is supervised by chef Koji Tamura, creator of the wildly popular "Mr. Cheesecake". If you place your full teacup upon the table, a flower or butterfly will eventually appear in your tea!

Ice cream and some flowers in my tea
Ice cream and some flowers in my tea

All in all, TeamLab Borderless is a wonderful way to spend a day, and it is suitable for art lovers of all ages. TeamLab Borderless is family-friendly, with lots of activities for both children and adults.

It is important to note that it is very dark inside and one must thus be careful not to walk into exhibitions - or other people for that matter! Comfortable clothes and shoes that are easy to move in is recommended, as you will be on your feet for most of the time.

All in all, don't miss this unique art experience! Tickets can be bought online at the official TeamLab Borderless website.

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Ilze

Ilze

My name is Ilze, and I am a writer who is enthusiastic about travel! I am currently based in Japan, where I spend my time trying to find the best hidden gems the land of the rising sun has to offer! You can follow me on instagram: @ilzegram

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