The Mori Building Digital Art Museum. The world’s first digital museum can be found in Tokyo lifestyle
The 50 artworks on show here are interactive and change according to the presentation carried out by the 520 computers and the 470 projectors in the room. Located on the Japanese island of Odaiba, this space is the result of work done by the artistic group, TeamLab Borderless and the MORI Building company.
Turn what is not tangible into something physical. This is the purpose of the Mori Building Digital Art Museum, the world’s first digital museum. Located on the Japanese island of Odaiba in Tokyo, this 10.000m2 two-storey space opened its doors last June thanks to the joint work of the artistic group, TeamLab and the MORI Building company.
A walk between virtual forests and oceans
With 50 virtual artworks that appear and disappear on walls and ceilings, according to the commands given by 520 computers and 470 projectors, visitors can walk around the cosmos, walk along a hill full of trees or swim in the ocean surrounded by whales and fish.
In this virtual world that gets back to the purest nature, landscapes reflect the different seasonal changes and the passage of time; this is the reason why one can see different vegetation and plants each time.
This happens in the ‘Forest of lamps’, one of the 3D atmospheres in the room. It is there where hundreds of circular lamps are hanging from the ceiling, creating a curious light forest which recreates the Japanese cherry blossom ceremony: Hanami.
“From TeamLab, we see no boundaries between human beings and nature or between oneself and the world”.
One of the most colourful natural places in the museum is the Athletic forest. There, visitors will walk along the slopes and the valleys created by lights while colouring the leaves they come across.
“We intend to explore a new relationship between human beings and nature through art. Digital technology has allowed art to get rid of what is physical and to break down boundaries. From TeamLab, we see no boundaries between human beings and nature, and between ourselves and the world. Everything exists in a long, fragile, but at the same time miraculous continuity of life”, the members of the TeamLab define in a statement.
A borderless universe
One of the other immersive rooms in this exhibition is: The universe of infinite glass; where different points of light create three-dimensional objects.
In ‘the Universe of water particles’, a virtual waterfall and several plants by the artist, Patrick Blanc, change colours as you walk. “We have created a borderless universe, made up of works of art which move by themselves; communicating with each other, as well as sometimes being mixed with others. I would like this space to be a place where you can remember that in our world, there are no borders”, remarked Toshiyuki Inoko, the founder of TeamLab in an appearance before the press.
Toshiyuki Inoko, founder of TeamLab. “This space should be a place where you can remember that there are no borders whatsoever in our world”.
MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless
Location: Palette Town, Odaiba
Address: 1-3-8 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan
teamLab is represented by Pace Gallery