Art can mean something different for everyone, and we all have our own preferences for the type of art that impacts us the most. While I am by no means a scholar of art, I have long enjoyed viewing and appreciating art. Recently, Tokyo has shown itself to be a leader in the field of digital, or new media art, which is a genre I love for its awe-inspiring effects and unconventional methods of creation. So when it was announced that the new "MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless" would be opening in Odaiba as a permanent museum dedicated to this relatively new art form, I was overcome with excitement.
Entering the space, the first thing visitors notice is the sheer scale of it. At 10,000 square meters, it is absolutely massive. Plus, the artist called TeamLab, have chosen not to provide visitors with a floor map of the space, as they want people to experience it themselves with a sense of wonder as they discover the unexpected. This makes for an experience that is not only fun, but also completely immersive.
Various rooms throughout the facility house different works of art, but the entire exhibit is called "Borderless" because the works are not necessarily confined to their own rooms. They move about into other rooms, merging with the other artworks as they do so. In one room, butterflies appear to materialize right from visitors' bodies. Another is full of lamps that change colors, and in yet another light and sound form the illusion of rain and other acts of nature. In each room, however, visitors are not only surrounded by art, they are amongst it and a part of it. Many works react to the touch and movement of viewers, adding an additional level of wonder as people experiment to see how things will change due to their presence.
The museum is composed with 5 areas and the athletic area was even more interactive. Jump on a trampoline of the universe, try bouldering on light-up grips, or walk across interconnected wood sticks. When you're ready for a break, get a cup of tea from the cafe and watch as flowers grow from your cup.
Overall, the experience is unlike any I've had before, and is definitely worth multiple visits. One piece of advice, however: when you do go, be sure to give yourself plenty of time. It takes at least three hours to get through the entire museum. Also, since it's very popular, the tickets are all sold out till end of August. So why don't you try to get the tickets in-advance for September? I'm sure you would enjoy the autumn season for art!© Japan Today