The Mori Building Digital Art Museum: teamLab Borderless is an art museum currently located in the capital of Japan, Tokyo. At this digital art museum, 520 computers and 470 projectors work to create art to stimulate all five senses. It is a great installation to go to if you want to spice up your Instagram, as the exhibits are very aesthetically pleasing. On top of it being beautiful, it also offers a new way to look at pre-modern cultural Japanese art. In Ancient Japanese scenery paintings, the landscapes were painted to look very flat and unrealistic to real space. TeamLab Borderless revamped this style of art and with a scientific approach, created “Ultrasubjective space.” Through this, they generate a new viewing experience that raises questions about how modern viewpoints differ from ones from the past. This exploration of space was made possible by recent scientific technology; more specifically, computer programs which allow the user to create and maneuver 3D objects in a 3D space.
Japanese art is heavily influenced by the cultural characteristics. This was showcased at TeamLab Borderless as artwork often depicted Samurais, Geishas, etc; very iconic symbols of Japanese culture. The most preferred artistic expression to this day in Japan would be painting. Even in ancient times, brushes were used for writing instead of pen or pencil. This brought an aesthetic element to the artwork. Traditionally, calligraphy lettering is done on paper. But at this museum, artists thought outside of the box and gave it a 21st century style twist. I noticed that the letters projected onto the walls were in a brush-style stoke.
I believe that this museum did a good job of showcasing traditional Japanese artwork in a new and exciting way. The modernization aspect definitely attracted a wide range of people that may have not been initially interested in viewing traditional Japanese artwork. This type of museum is more enticing to me and, I’m assuming, younger children. I was able to visit the museum during my time in Japan and got to experience the art in real life. It was interesting to see traditional Japanese artwork digitized and animated; my mom and I spent 4 hours looking at everything! There were multiple beautiful photo opportunities so guests constantly had their phones and cameras out to capture the artwork.
This museum is especially popular on Instagram; if you look at their location tag, you can scroll through thousands of pictures of the exhibits and people posing in front of the exhibits. Their official instagram (@teamlab_borderless) has 161k followers, and they upload pictures frequently, some being of celebrities who visited the museum such as Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber. On top of being an art museum, teamLab borderless has become a recognizable spot for cool Instagram portrait photo backdrops. When I went to the museum, I definitely saw multiple photoshoots happening at every exhibit. The artwork is very trendy and “Instagram worthy,” which is why visitors (including me) are so tempted to take photos non-stop at teamLab.
I highly recommend the Mori Building Digital Art Museum: teamLab Borderless to anyone interested in seeing something new and fun. It was a very engaging museum that I was glad to be able to experience. I rarely get the opportunity to go to art museums in Japan since they usually bore my family, but this one was different and exciting!