Lonely Planet Writer

See the amazing Sonic Light Bubble at Roppongi Art Night in Tokyo this month

A six-metre-wide multi-sensory dome that pulsates with light and sound when approached is due to be unveiled in one of Tokyo’s trendiest neighbourhoods for a limited time only this month.

Called Sonic Light Bubble, the installation will be on display at The Roppongi Art Night, a two-day event that is due to take place from 30 September to 1 October. The piece was conceived by Melbourne-based multimedia design studio ENESS, and was created to act as a giant synthetic organism that attracts passers-by to engage with art. It is the second work by the studio to be staged in Japan, and takes its place at a popular event that is expected to attract over 600,000 people.

The large inflatable structure is dotted with an array of addressable LED disks that shine on both the inside and outside of the dome. The disks act as a volumetric video screen that provide 360 degree visuals both day and night, while the sounds react to the visitors that move around and touch the structure. The Sonic Light Bubble can be set up in two hours and disassembled in one. The installation has previously been on display at White Night Melbourne, as well as the Nuit Blanche festivals.

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The Roppongi Art Night also features a host of performers and artists from around the world, while Japanese legend Yayoi Kusama is amongst the previous participants of the event. This year’s theme is “Mirai no Matsuri” (festivals of the future), and features photographer and film director Mika Ninagawa as the main artist. Her photographic work will be displayed around the city as part of the event, while the two-day festival will also be launching the “Southeast Asia Project”, which sees artists from that region working closely with Japanese creatives and the Roppongi community in an effort to offer something new and unique.

Launched in 2009, The Roppongi Art Night is now in its eighth session. The peak time for visitors to the event is between sunset and sunrise, with the exhibition running throughout the night.

More information on visiting it is available on the official website.