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A new art museum in Tokyo will take you through a wonderland of digital art

Museums often offer visitors a glimpse into the past, but a new digital art museum coming to Tokyo will be decidedly focused on the future.

Wander through a “forest of resonating lamps”. Image by teamLAB

The art collective teamLab and urban developer Mori Building will open the Mori Building Digital Art Museum in Odaiba, Tokyo this summer. Covering more than 10,000-square-metres, the museum will feature exclusively digital art with the intention to “tear down the borders between ‘one art and another,’ ‘art and visitors’ and ‘oneself and others’ by allowing visitors to melt into the art and become part of it”. The creative group uses digital technology to create its works and is made up of artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians are more. Their pieces have been on display in art institutes like the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection in Istanbul and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.

Slide through a fruit field. Image by teamLAB

The new immersive art experience will be, as the name of the main exhibition notes, Borderless. The digital projections can move beyond frames and bring guests inside of the artworks, which will move and change around them. The collective defines its goal to “explore a new relationship between humans and the world through art. The collective’s collaborative practice seeks to liberate art from physical constrictions and transcend boundaries in contemporary society, where the border between technologies and creativity is coming fuzzy”.

The new museum will feature exclusively digital exhibitions. Image by teamLAB

That means that visitors won’t just be looking at the art, they will become a part of it. There will be the Athletics Forest, a creative space that is designed to stimulate the brain’s hippocampus by encouraging visitors to physically jump, climb and move through the space while interacting with the digital art. There’s also the Future Park, an education centre where people can collaborate and make art in a shared space. The Forest of Lamps will be an experience where lanterns will respond to human actions, lighting up to indicate the presence of other people. If wandering your way through a digital wonderland sounds the perfect museum experience, find out more here.