teamLab Tokyo | Borderless

Transcending all boundaries, teamLab is currently showing “Borderless,” an exhibition focused around a world where art moves.

As described on the Borderless website, this exhibition is a group of artworks that form one borderless world. The 10,000 square meter space encompasses artworks that move throughout the area with some communicating with one another.

The exhibition contains various large rooms other rooms are easily discoverable and some hidden entirely. The area is meant to follow the principles of “Wander, Explore, and Discover,” allowing the visitor to self-guide and enjoy the exhibition through the sense of self and discover. With artworks moving throughout the rooms, in the hallways, on the floors, and the ceilings, there’s so much for your eyes and ears to hear and see.

There are various rooms including Borderless World, Athletic Forest, Future Park, and En Tea House.

teamLab is an artist collaborative based in Tokyo with work focusing on animation, sound, performance, internet, fashion, design, and nature. Exhibitions often invite the audience to participate bringing interactivity to a medium that is usually only about viewing. You can learn more about teamLabs hereBorderless is a permanent installation.

Wander, Explore, and Discover Signage

The Void
The Void
Aerial Climbing through a Flock of Colored Birds
Aerial Climbing through a Flock of Colored Birds
Weightless Forest of Resonating Life
Weightless Forest of Resonating Life
Universe of Water Particles Where People Gather
Musical Wall Where Little People Live
Musical Wall Where Little People Live
Peace can be Realized Even without Order
Peace can be Realized Even without Order
Forest of Flowers and People: Lost, Immersed and Reborn
Forest of Flowers and People: Lost, Immersed and Reborn

Visit

Getting there:

From Shibuya, take the JR Yamanote Line and switch to the Rinkai Line at Osaki Station for Odaiba. Google Maps provides excellent detail on how to take the trains. However, pay attention to which platform and time the train will come as the Rinkai Line runs several ways.

After getting off the Tokyo Teleport Station, head straight to the escalators where it says “palette town.” Once you go up the escalators, turn left and walk through the indoor car showroom. Once you exit, it will be a few steps away on your right (it is directly opposite the Wendy’s). There should be plenty of signage directing you to the building.

Follow the pathways from the escalator to the building.
Signage towards the building
Signage towards the building

Good to know:

Order your tickets ahead of time online. The website is in Japanese but there should be an option to switch to English.

To have the optimal experience, be sure to give yourself at least 2-3 hours. Your first hour will most likely be spent waiting to enter the museum, and the next hour or two exploring.

The line stretches around the area

There will be a long line even as a ticket holder. While the line is long, it does move relatively quickly as the museum allows large groups in at a time. The wait time was no more than 1 hour.

There are coin lockers and storage on the left. Coin lockers take a 100 yen deposit which will be returned once you unlock the locker.

Majority of the staff speak Japanese, but there is a lot of signage in Japanese, English, Mandarin, and Korean.

As it is mentioned on the website, this is a dark exhibition which flashing lights and varying terrain and ramps. There are also lots of children visiting the show so be prepared for a bit of chaos especially around the Athletic Forest experience.

 


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