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Art Spotlight: Borderless Museum

Art Spotlight: Borderless Museum

We’re living in the age of interactive art, where exhibitions and museums offer truly immersive experiences. From infinity-mirrored rooms by Yayoi Kusama to Austria’s James Bond installation, there is truly no shortage of destinations for art enthusiasts to explore.

The latest spot to add to your bucket list is Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum: teamLab Borderless (aka Borderless), a collaboration between property-management firm Mori Building and teamLab, a Tokyo-based art collective. Built to promote Tokyo as an emerging art hub, the 107,000-square-foot space combines art and technology to create the world’s largest museum dedicated to digital art.

Borderless uses 520 computers and 470 projectors to create more than 50 interactive installations divided across five zones: Borderless World, Athletics Forest, Future Park, Forest of Lamps, and En Tea House. ↓

In Borderless World, visitors walk through digitized waterfalls and three-dimensional, computer-generated forests and fields. The artwork changes with the behavior of the viewer: To wit, the flowers on the walls and floors scatter when someone touches them or sprout anew when a person stands still. ↓

In the Athletics Forest—essentially a digital playground—visitors can test their tree-climbing or bounce on a trampoline with a galaxy simulation on the floor. Future Park features various games and activities, including a sea of bouncy balloons that light up upon touch. There is also a digital aquarium where guests can draw their own sea creature and then scan it into the tank. ↓

In Forest of Lamps, visitors walk through thousands of hanging lamps that are constantly changing color at random, making for the ultimate photo op. Finally, guests can unwind and sip green tea in En Tea House where digital flowers bloom inside their cups.

A digital-art experience that caters to all ages, Borderless is open to the public year-round. If you can’t make it to Tokyo to see it for yourself, check out more photos of the stunning museum here.

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