TeamLab Borderless: reopened and reimagined at Azabudai Hills

Few art collectives have garnered the international recognition and appeal of the TeamLab group, initially founded in 2001 in Tokyo, Japan. Consisting of an extensive team of visual artists with varying specialties in CG art, engineering, programming, and even architecture, TeamLab specializes in cutting-edge, technology-based art installations and exhibitions found all throughout Japan and the world with varying themes. 

Entrance to TeamLab Borderless

Entrance to TeamLab Borderless

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The initial room that visitors will enter after watching the user guide consists of tall-standing walls with LED panels and moving images such as flower and foliage motifs, marching animals significant to Japanese folklore and history, moving calligraphy, and more. The walls are often able to be interacted with, with the designs reacting to touch and movement.

This maze of in-motion artwork is dubbed “Borderless World” and deviates to different parts of the exhibit, but at the center is a large circular room with an elevated formation against the back wall that is climbable. Different visuals have different names, including “What a Loving, and Beautiful World” and “Reversible Rotation: Flying Beyond Borders.” 

Borderless World

Borderless World

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Borderless World digital walls

Borderless World digital walls

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Borderless World digital walls

Borderless World digital walls

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The iconic “Infinite Crystal World” continues to be one of the most representative installations at TeamLab Borderless, consisting of LED node chains hanging from a high ceiling of a room made entirely of mirror panels. The light fixtures reflected off the walls create an illusion of infinite sparkles. 

One of the more personalized attractions and a favorite of the Odaiba location, the “Future Park,” encourages creativity from visitors. In a separate room, handmade sketches can be made and submitted to be presented on the walls of the adjacent “Sketch Ocean” room. There is also merchandise for sale that can have sketches printed on them to bring back home. 

Future Park "Sketch Ocean" at TeamLab Borderless

Future Park "Sketch Ocean" at TeamLab Borderless

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"Infinite Crystal World" at TeamLab Borderless

"Infinite Crystal World" at TeamLab Borderless

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Projected Lily Pads at TeamLab Borderless

Projected Lily Pads at TeamLab Borderless

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"Bubble World" at TeamLab Borderless

"Bubble World" at TeamLab Borderless at Azabudai Hills

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The “Microcosmoses” section sticks to the tried-and-true formula of LED lights and mirrors, though in this iteration, the element of movement is added as illuminated orbs run through a track. Each orb is able to emanate up to 43 different colors, and the combination of the changing designs within the orbs, the changing movements on the rails, and the reflections of the mirrors mimics the imagery of a shooting-star-filled night sky. 

The Return of a Tokyo Staple

The two- year hiatus of TeamLab Borderless left some questions for visitors and residents of the Japanese capital alike. Would the move be warranted? Would two years of ceased operations deliver anything new? 

With the attraction moving more towards the city center and as a major draw of the prospective Azabudai Hills complex, the exhibit’s role as a major piece of Tokyo’s art scene is likely only further enforced. Additionally, the new layout, added artwork, and new installations differentiate it enough from its former iteration that it will attract new visitors and original appreciators alike. Tokyo, being the artistic hub that it is, can proudly boast the return of the world’s most popular art museum, with the flourishing urbanscapes of a new age Tokyo surrounding it. 

Borderless World digital walls

Borderless World digital walls

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