We all heard of using projection mapping to create multimedia spectacles, large-scale shows on the facades of landmark buildings and stunning stage designs for music festivals and other special events. It is now set to transform the space of a new Tokyo museum beyond recognition.
To all digital art geeks – you should better start searching for affordable tickets to Japan, and here’s why: Mori Building, a leading urban developer in Tokyo, and the art collective teamLab today announced that they will jointly open “MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless”, a full-scale museum of interactive digital art in the Palette Town complex of Odaiba, Tokyo in the summer of 2018.
The museum, teamLab’s first permanent exhibition and flagship facility in Tokyo, will boast a massive 10,000 square meters of labyrinthine floor space, housing around 40 digital artworks. We already think of it as a temple of projection mapping and interactive digital art, but what particularly astonishes us is the amount of equipment employed to bring the art to life – 520 computers and 470 projectors. Imagine how an empty museum space is turned into a completely immersive digital experience with the help of projection mapping technology. It is a place where the visitor is in unity with the digital artworks, where the boundaries between the real and the digital are blurred, where the borders between what is art and what is human are redefined.
The word “Borderless” expresses 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. Mori Building and teamLab hope that their groundbreaking museum will inspire people to create enlightened new values and innovative new social frameworks.
Mori Building actively works to integrate art in cities, including by staging important cultural activities. In the view of the company, cities vitally need culture and art to expand their magnetic power to attract creative people and enterprises from throughout the world.
teamLab aims to explore a new relationship between humans and the world through art. The collective’s collaborative practice seeks to liberate art from physical constrictions and transcend boundaries in contemporary society, where the border between technologies and creativity is coming fuzzy.
Through their collaboration, Mori Building and teamLab aim to create a unique destination that enhances the magnetic power of Tokyo toward 2020 and beyond.
The museum will operate 7 days a week, and you may already get a glimpse of what to expect from it on the website.