This digital museum in Tokyo takes an unearthly spin on museums

You’ve probably seen it in your feed already: multicolored dimensions that seem to defy the laws of physics leaving your jaw dropped. Take the image below as an example. This is by art collective TeamLab who brand themselves as ‘ultra-technologists’. They believe that “the digital domain can expand the capacities of art, and that digital art can create new relationships between people.”

Now, they are making our dreams of entering this fantasy world come true by opening a digital art museum in Tokyo, Japan. The Mori Building Digital Art Museum: EPSON teamLab Borderless takes form in two themes: nature and communication/interaction. Art collective TeamLab, in collaboration with Mori Group and Epson, will open its doors to the public this June 21. The prices are rather steep at ¥3,200 (P1549.60) for adults, ¥2,400 (P1162.20) for high school and university students; ¥1,000 (P484.25) for children. (Prices are subject to change.)

Expect a complete immersion as it will take you to simulations you’ve only seen in movies.

Despite this, we think without a doubt that it’s worth it. Expect complete immersion as it will take you to simulations you’ve only seen in movies. According to TimeOut, the museum will have installations of a rice field “with pods you can walk through and a scenery that changes with the seasons, to floral digital walls where the flowers disperse or fall when you touch them.”

Based on the same source, you can also expect an interactive mirror room filled with light bulbs, which change colors as you get nearer. Encouraging engagement from museum-goers, they also installed an interactive “Athletic Forest,” which is full of activities that require you to move, jump, and climb.

While it is equally important to visit museums which commemorate history and great works, TeamLab refreshingly gives us a vision of the future’s boundless possibilities.

TeamLab’s take on a museum redefines convention and showcases the potential of our evolving technology. While it is equally important to visit museums which commemorate our history and great works, TeamLab refreshingly gives us a vision of the future’s boundless possibilities.

Need more convincing? Check out the video below. It might even persuade you to book a trip to Japan now.

For more information, check out the museum’s official website. Photos by TeamLab.

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