a digital art museum to open in tokyo this summer

January 24, 2018

words by: Bere Wangge

A museum solely dedicated to digital art will be opened in summer this year in Tokyo, Japan. Situated in Palette Town complex of Odaiba, the museum will be massive in size, as it will span a 10,000 square meters of labyrinthine floor space. It even has a long name to match it: MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM teamLab Borderless.

As the name suggests, the building is the result of a joint project between Mori Building and teamLab. The former is a leading urban developer based in Tokyo as well as a keen supporter of art and culture activities in the city. Its collaborator is the Japanese digital art collective, teamLab, whose works have been part of permanent collections in Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Asia Society Museum, New York; Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul; and more. 

To know about teamLab, it’s probably best to refer to the installation in Singapore that they've launched since January. Titled Walk, Walk, Walk: Search, Deviate, Reunite, the 15-minute video installation features characters that will give a different reaction every time they’re touched by their human audience. Indeed, teamLab always aims to blur the lines between humans and art. As mentioned in an official statement, it “seeks to liberate art from physical constrictions and transcend boundaries in contemporary society, where the border between technologies and creativity is coming fuzzy.”

It’s fitting, then, to add “Borderless” in the museum’s name. Here, the word represents the museum’s aim to “tear down the borders between ‘one art and another,’ ‘art and visitors’ and ’oneself and others’ by allowing visitors to melt into the art and become part of it.” 

While waiting for the museum to open, visit teamLab's exhibitions, both temporary and permanent, which are currently happening in many cities around the world. See the full list here!



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Tags: art, teamLab, Japan, Tokyo