What’s Next for teamLab Borderless?

MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless in Odaiba was a huge success among fans of digital art in Japan and tourists alike. It was known for its interactive installations that combined digital art and artificial intelligence to create thought-provoking and enjoyable experiences. The museum opened to the public in June 2018 and closed on August 31, 2022, and drew more than 2 million visitors in a single year. We’ll take you through some of the highlights of the museum and let you know what’s in store for 2023.

The Highlights

You Are Part of the Art

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The teamLab Borderless tagline says, “Wander, explore, discover in one borderless world.” This is true in more ways than one. Instead of showcasing a single work of art, the museum was a place where visitors could experience various digital artworks together. Guests found themselves immersed in a virtual reality world of art, and surrounded by interactive art installations featuring lights, sounds and colors that constantly changed. This borderless art space made visitors part of the art.

4 Digital Artworks That Stood Out from the Crowd

teamLab Borderless is an excellent example of how technology and creativity can go hand in hand in installations that truly captivate your attention. These are some of the pieces that stood out in this immersive experience.

Forest of Resonating Lamps

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This is one of the most famous artworks at the exhibition, and featured colorful lamps scattered around a room. The presence of visitors triggered the lamps in bright and ever-changing displays of light, creating links between the art and the people participating in it.

Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives II

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This is another piece that captured plenty of attention. The digital artwork showcased seasonal changes in flowers, which would blossom, die, and then transform into animals. When visitors touched the flowers, they scattered. This exhibition showcased an ecosystem where people, animals, and nature were in harmony.

Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders in the Crystal World

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Inspired by crystals and butterflies, this installation had a futuristic aesthetic and immersed visitors in thousands of lights.

Athletics Forest

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teamLab Borderless created the Athletics Forest to encourage a different way of learning and viewing the world. It fostered a creative form of learning that focused on stimulating the mind’s activity and awareness. Children could learn, play, and interact with the art in this edutainment space.

Global Recognition and Accolades

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All the effort that went into developing the digital art museum paid off. The museum became a massive success locally and globally. teamLab Borderless quickly became one of the top spots to visit in Tokyo among locals and tourists. According to research conducted by the museum, 50 percent of its visitors were tourists. This exhibition drew people from all over the world, including celebrities. Kanye West, Swizz Beats, Nas, Megan Thee Stallion, and Kim Kardashian were some of the A-listers who visited the famous museum in Odaiba. The museum also received multiple national and international accolades. In 2018 teamLab Borderless was nominated for the Leading Culture Destinations Award by the United Kingdom. In 2019 it was named one of the World’s Greatest Places by Time magazine. In the same year, it was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most visited single art group museum, bringing in 2,134,778 guests between January 1 and December 31. In 2021 the museum earned a Cool Matching Award from Grand Prix Japan.

The Future of teamLab Borderless in 2023

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The teamLab Borderless museum in Odaiba has closed for now, and it will move to central Tokyo in 2023. The museum plans to continue its legacy of unique, innovative, immersive digital art exhibitions. It also aims to be Tokyo’s top tourist destination in 2023. The museum will reopen as part of the Toranomon-Azabudai Project, which aims to be a “modern urban village” in the heart of Tokyo. The vision of the project is to create “a city within a city” that provides comfort, convenience, and enjoyment while bringing people closer together. This new establishment will have various facilities such as hotels, residences, an international school, restaurants, shops, and much more.

This fascinating digital art museum has been a successful joint effort between many people, including the artists, exhibition staff, mathematicians, and many others. We’re sure it will remain in the memories and hearts of all who visited it. So even though it’s goodbye for now, we look forward to seeing what’s in store for teamLab Borderless in 2023!


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