The digital art museumon was open its Door on June 21 2018, charging 3,200 yen a ticket ($29).
They describe themselves as “ultratechnologists”, who combine expertise in speciality fields, including engineering, robotics and architecture, with hands-on manual labour to produce art. While teamLab works are now in several permanent collections, the new museum will be the first permanent space completely devoted to the collective’s pieces. The cost of the project has not been disclosed, but a team member told AFP that each piece of artwork can cost around $1-2 million.
The collective will have some 50 exhibits in the 10,000-square-metre (more than 100,000 square-foot) space in the bayside Odaiba area of Tokyo. They have partnered with property management company Mori Building, and secured support from Japanese companies ranging from Panasonic to Epson. Dubbed the “Mori Building Digital Art Museum: teamLab Borderless,”
Maintaining the artwork requires a bank of 520 computers and 470 projectors, but the real key is the set of sophisticated algorithms that generates images in real time. The artworks are “neither pre-recorded animations nor images on loop,” says teamLab. The collective say they want to use digital technology to “expand the beautiful”.
The waterfall appears to run down the wall of a room and across the floor, but the flow is an illusion — a digital exhibit at a new interactive museum in Tokyo. The flower-filled waterfall is the work of Japanese collective teamLab, known internationally for their innovative “digital art” that combines projections, sound and carefully designed spaces to create other-worldly, immersive experiences.
The exhibits are designed to flow into one another and interact with each other and the viewer. Some follow visitors or react in different ways when they are touched. “We have created a borderless world made up of pieces of artwork that move by themselves, communicate with each other and mix perfectly with others,” teamLab co-founder Toshiyuki Inoko, 41, told AFP. “I would like this space to become a place where we can remember that borders do not exist in our world,” he said.