For the ultimate sensory experience, look no further than the Mori Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo. Touted as the world’s first digital art museum, the massive, seamless demonstration referred to as teamLab Borderless covers 107,000 square feet and features 50 examples of moving artwork that is designed to respond to and stimulate each of the senses—and inspire so many Instagrams.
More than 520 computers and 470 projects provide the energy behind the interactive setup, which resembles a whimsical playground where color and patterns come to life and immerse visitors in a lively digital world.
According to teamLab, the basis of the project is an ever-changing, fully immersive conceptual world of transcending boundaries. “People lose themselves in the artwork world. “The borderless works transform according to the presence of people, and as we immerse and meld ourselves into this unified world, we explore a continuity among people, as well as a new relationship that transcends the boundaries between people and the world.”
Of its Borderless art exhibit, the studio says, “Artworks move out of the rooms freely, form connections and relationships with people, communicate with other works, influence and sometimes intermingle with each other.”
For instance, Spirit of the Flowers contains petals that scatter based on their interactions with the other artworks or visitors passing through. Because the artwork is rendered in real time, each state it is viewed in is unique and will never be repeated again. Then there’s Wander Through the Crystal World, a towering, interactive light sculpture filled with characters that takes its cues from visitors who unlock individual worlds through their smartphones.
Tickets for adults are $32; tickets for children 4-14 are $9. If a flight to Japan is what stands between you and a visit to Borderless, check out the teamLab site for a glimpse at some of the exhibits.