Tokyo’s MORI Building Digital Art Museum teamLab Borderless features more than 50 interactive artworks, combing “science, art, technology, design and images of the natural world with simulations generated by 520 computers and 470 high-tech projectors,” says Marissa Vonesh.
Some extend beyond their installation rooms and into the corridors, some overlapping with other works and some even fusing with other works.
The immersive works keep the boundaries between people in a state of continuous flux, as visitors physically enter and explore the works.
“Digital art has been liberated from the constraints of material substance,” explains Toshiyuki Inoko, founder of teamLab, the digital art collective that developed these experiences. “The feelings and thoughts that were incorporated into an artwork through a physical medium, can now be directly transferred to people (visitors) through experience.
“Unlike physical materials, people move freely with their bodies, form connections and relationships with others, and recognize the world through their bodies. The body has a concept of time, and in the mind, the boundaries between different thoughts are ambiguous, making them influence and sometimes intermingle with each other.
“If an artist can put thoughts and feelings directly into people’s experiences, artworks too can move freely, form connections and relationships with people, and have the same concept of time as the human body. Artworks can transcend boundaries, influence and sometimes intermingle with each other. In this way, all the boundaries between artist, people and artworks, dissolve.
“As people walk freely around… they lose themselves,” Inoko concludes. “The borderless artworks transform according to the presence of people, and as we immerse and meld ourselves into this unified world, we explore a new relationship that transcends the boundaries between people, and between people and the world.