Mori Building, a leading urban developer in Tokyo, and the Japanese art collective teamLab recently announced that they will jointly open Mori Building Digital Art Museum: teamLab Borderless, a full-scale digital art museum in the Palette Town complex of Odaiba, Tokyo in the summer of 2018.

The all-new museum concept is a collaborative initiative between Mori Building, a noted supporter of culture and art in Japan, and teamLab, an interdisciplinary creative group that utilises the digital technologies to express art.

The museum, teamLab’s first permanent exhibition and flagship facility in Tokyo, will boast a massive 10,000sq m of labyrinthine floor space.

The word “Borderless” expresses the museum’s aim 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.

Mori Building actively works to integrate art in cities, including by staging important cultural activities. In the view of the company, cities vitally need culture and art to expand their magnetic power to attract creative people and enterprises from throughout the world.


Visitors taking snapshots at the ‘teamLab: Dance Art Exhibition, Learn And Play Future Park’ held in Hangzhou in China’s eastern Zhejiang province late last year. Photo: AFP

Meanwhile, teamLab, formed in 2001, is an interdisciplinary art group of ultratechnologists whose collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, science, technology, design and the natural world. Various specialists such as artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians and architects form teamLab.

It aims to explore a new relationship between humans and the world through art.

Works from teamLab are in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; Asia Society Museum, New York; Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul; and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

The collective’s collaborative practice seeks to liberate art from physical constrictions and transcend boundaries in contemporary society, blurring the border between technologies and creativity.

Through their collaboration, Mori Building and teamLab aim to create a unique destination that enhances the city of Tokyo toward 2020 and beyond.

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