Artsy tech whizkids teamLab has been making waves for a few years now, with high-profile (permanent) exhibitions in Singapore, London, Paris and Shenzhen. Now, they've created an unprecedented 'digital art' museum in Tokyo, with a little help of the Mori Building group: located inside Odaiba's Palette Town development, next to the ferris wheel, this huge permanent museum covers 10,000sqm. The full name (Mori Building Digital Art Museum Epson teamLab Borderless) is a bit of a mouthful – just 'teamLab Museum' will suffice, we think.
The exhibitions are permanent, but true to the museum's 'borderless' name, some of the exhibits are not confined to their respective rooms as they transition from one to another seamlessly. All the exhibits are interactive: you're encouraged to touch, follow, disrupt or add to them. None of these video/digital artworks are played on loop, either. They are all original, organic movements that are dependant on audience participation – the art changes constantly through 'smart learning'. As teamLab puts it, 'no two visits will be the same'.
The museum is divided into five sections: Borderless World, Athletics Forest, Future Park, Forest of Lamps and the En Tea house. Out of these, Borderless World is by far the largest, while the latter two are single installation rooms. In total, there are a good 50 exhibits spread across the vast space. There's plenty to discover, and we'd recommend setting aside a few hours to see it all. Eat beforehand, as there's no food available once inside the museum.
There's also a lack of signs pointing you in the right direction. But there are no set ways to see the exhibits; you're encouraged to roam and wander in any way you like and be surprised. To make sure you don't miss the best bits, here are the highlights from the teamLab museum.