The world’s largest art museum dedicated to digital, interactive art has opened in Tokyo where visitors can touch digital art.
The Digital Art Museum by Mori Building and teamLab has 107,000 square feet, with simulations created by 470 projectors and 520 computers. The museum combines science, art, technology, design, and images of the natural world with simulations generated by computers.
The exhibit’s “borderless” name encourages breaking down barriers — barriers between one piece of art and another, art and its visitors, and one person and another.
Toshiyuki Inoko, founder of teamLab said, “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.” “Artworks can transcend boundaries, influence and sometimes intermingle with each other. In this way, all the boundaries between artist, people, and artworks, dissolve and the world teamLab Borderless is created.”
The museum boasts of five connected zones- —“Borderless World,” the first zone, is an interactive digital landscape where visitors are encouraged to create their own path. People walk through digitized waterfalls, “touch” luminescent birds, and saunter through computer generated forests and fields.
According to teamLab, “Athletics Forest,” the second zone is intended to train the brain’s spatial recognition abilities and get people moving. The space has visitors climbing on flashing poles, bouncing on a trampoline through a galaxy simulation and balancing on hanging boards that dangle in a show of colorful lights.
Next is the “Future Park” designed for children to interact with the art through various games and activities, such as an aquarium teeming with digital fish designed by the kids themselves and a musical wall that plays sounds upon touch.
Then there is a “Forest of Lamps” where visitors stand engulfed in a sea of colorful lamps where light spreads from one lamp to the next once a lamp is touched.
Finally, visitors land in “En Tea House” where they sip cups of green tea while augmented reality technology makes digital flowers bloom inside their cups.
Founded by mathematical engineer Toshiyuki Inoko in 2001, teamLab is comprised of artists, programmers, engineers, computer animators, mathematicians, and architects who collectively ascribe to the descriptive “ultra-technologists.” As a practice, names of teamLab members are not cited in works, they have a flat organizational structure and emphasize collaboration over individual genius. Their mission is to explore how humans relate to nature in an age when much of our life is governed by technology.
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