Mori Building Digital Art Museum: teamLab Borderless in Tokyo. Photo: teamLab.

Interactive Digital Art Museum Opens in Tokyo

A new art museum, billed as the world’s largest institution dedicated to digital and interactive art, opened in the Odaiba district of Tokyo on June 21. Called the Mori Building Digital Art Museum: teamLab Borderless, it is a collaboration between the property developer Mori Building Company and the interdisciplinary art collective teamLab.

Within the museum’s space, which measures more than 107,000 square feet, are fifty digital artworks, 520 computers, and 470 projectors. As indicated by the institution’s name, the interactive works are meant to be “borderless” and can freely move out of rooms, communicate with people, and even merge with each other.

The institution is split into five connected zones: the “Borderless World,” an interactive realm of computer generated landscapes featuring waterfalls, forests, and birds; “Athletics Forest,” an area of simulations that are meant to get visitors moving by prompting them to jump on a virtual trampoline or climb a virtual pole; “Future Park,” a space featuring an aquarium filled with digital fish; “Forest of Lamps,” which is teeming with colorful lamps; and “En Tea House,” where museumgoers can sip tea in virtual cups.

“Artworks can transcend boundaries, influence, and sometimes intermingle with each other,” Toshiyuki Inoko, founder of teamLab, said in a statement. “In this way, all the boundaries between artists, people and artworks, dissolve and the world teamLab Borderless is created.”