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Tokyo's spectacular digital art museum makes visitors part of the art

Tokyo's spectacular digital ar...
The United Waterfall at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The United Waterfall at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The Mori Building Digital Art Museum under construction
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The Mori Building Digital Art Museum under construction
A visitor climbs through the Athletics Forest at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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A visitor climbs through the Athletics Forest at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
Visitors enjoy Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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Visitors enjoy Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
Three dimensional light bouldering, at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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Three dimensional light bouldering, at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
Visitors at the Waterfall Droplets exhibit, at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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Visitors at the Waterfall Droplets exhibit, at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The "Weightless Forest of Resonating Life" at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The "Weightless Forest of Resonating Life" at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The Black Waves exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The Black Waves exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The Black Waves exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The Black Waves exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The Black Waves exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The Black Waves exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The Black Waves exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The Black Waves exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The "Graffiti Flowers Bombing" exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The "Graffiti Flowers Bombing" exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The "Graffiti Flowers Bombing" exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The "Graffiti Flowers Bombing" exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
A visitor gets up close and personal at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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A visitor gets up close and personal at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
Inside Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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Inside Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
A visitor gets up close and personal at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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A visitor gets up close and personal at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The Light Sculpture exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The Light Sculpture exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The Light Sculpture exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The Light Sculpture exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The Spirits of the Flowers exhibit at  Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The Spirits of the Flowers exhibit at  Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The Spirits of the Flowers exhibit at  Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The Spirits of the Flowers exhibit at  Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The Way of the Sea exhibit at  Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The Way of the Sea exhibit at  Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The Way of the Sea exhibit at  Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The Way of the Sea exhibit at  Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The Way of the Sea exhibit at  Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The Way of the Sea exhibit at  Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The Way of the Sea exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The Way of the Sea exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The Way of the Sea exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The Way of the Sea exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The Way of the Sea exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The Way of the Sea exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The Way of the Sea exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The Way of the Sea exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The United Waterfall at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The United Waterfall at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The United Waterfall at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The United Waterfall at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The United Waterfall at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The United Waterfall at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The United Waterfall at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The United Waterfall at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
Walk, Walk, Walk exhibit at  Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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Walk, Walk, Walk exhibit at  Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
"Wander through the Crystal World" at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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"Wander through the Crystal World" at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
"Wander through the Crystal World" at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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"Wander through the Crystal World" at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
"Wander through the Crystal World" at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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"Wander through the Crystal World" at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
Aurora Lights at  Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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Aurora Lights at  Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
Grid Spaces at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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Grid Spaces at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
Light Vortex at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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Light Vortex at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
Visitors enjoy the show at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum 
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Visitors enjoy the show at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum 
Taking in the sights of Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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Taking in the sights of Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The Memory of Topography exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The Memory of Topography exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The Memory of Topography exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The Memory of Topography exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
"Peace can be Realized Even without Order," an exhibit at  Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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"Peace can be Realized Even without Order," an exhibit at  Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
Flower Forest at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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Flower Forest at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
Walk, Walk, Walk Search, Deviate, Reunite. An exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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Walk, Walk, Walk Search, Deviate, Reunite. An exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
Walk, Walk, Walk Search, Deviate, Reunite. An exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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Walk, Walk, Walk Search, Deviate, Reunite. An exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
Animals of Flowers exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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Animals of Flowers exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
Animals of Flowers exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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Animals of Flowers exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
Inside the Tea House at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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Inside the Tea House at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
Inside the Tea House at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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Inside the Tea House at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
Inside the Tea House at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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Inside the Tea House at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The incredible Forest of Resonating Lamps at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The incredible Forest of Resonating Lamps at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The incredible Forest of Resonating Lamps at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The incredible Forest of Resonating Lamps at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The incredible Forest of Resonating Lamps at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The incredible Forest of Resonating Lamps at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The incredible Forest of Resonating Lamps at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The incredible Forest of Resonating Lamps at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The incredible Forest of Resonating Lamps at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The incredible Forest of Resonating Lamps at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The incredible Forest of Resonating Lamps at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The incredible Forest of Resonating Lamps at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The incredible Forest of Resonating Lamps at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
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The incredible Forest of Resonating Lamps at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
Kids enjoy the slide at the Mori Building Digital Art Museum's Future Park
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Kids enjoy the slide at the Mori Building Digital Art Museum's Future Park
Kids play on an interactive installation at the Mori Building Digital Art Museum's Future Park
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Kids play on an interactive installation at the Mori Building Digital Art Museum's Future Park
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An innovative and quite incredible new attraction has opened its doors in Tokyo, with the Mori Building in the Japanese capital hosting what is described as an unprecedented Digital Art Museum. Inside, visitors can wander freely through awe-inspiring lightworks that invite them to become one with the art.

The Mori Building Digital Art Museum is home to around 50 interactive works spread across 10,000 sq m (108,000 sq ft) of floorspace, divided up into five zones. The theme throughout is that there are no boundaries, with some works projecting out beyond their dedicated spaces and at times overlapping and even fusing with other installations.

One of those zones is dubbed the Borderless World, where visitors can clamber over the rocks at the base of a digital waterfall and wander through the ocean-like Way of the Sea exhibit. Here, lights simulate tens of thousands of fish, sensing people in real time and avoiding them, just as real fish in the ocean would.

The Way of the Sea exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The Way of the Sea exhibit at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum

The Athletics Forest is said to promote growth of the brain's hippocampus with interactive installations built to sharpen memory and spatial awareness while stirring up emotions. There's a giant trampoline covered in morphing images of the universe and a Light Forest bouldering exhibit, which asks visitors to climb up and around illuminated bouldering obstacles lodged in vertical poles.

Perhaps the most striking of the exhibits is the Forest of Resonating Lamps, where hundreds of multi-color LED lanterns dangle from the ceiling. As a person enters and stands next to one lamp, it starts to shine in a particular color. The light then spreads to the two nearest lamps and continues outward from there. If that spreading light encounters the spreading light spawned by another person, then it changes its tone to reflect the combined color of each.

The incredible Forest of Resonating Lamps at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The incredible Forest of Resonating Lamps at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum

Other lightworks on show include a tea house that serves a local green tea in cups that project flowers onto the brew, a slide made to resemble a fruit field, and the Sketch Aquarium, where kids' creations are projected onto a wall that simulates a virtual tank.

The artworks were dreamt up by teamLab, a multi-national digital art collective, and are on show permanently at the Mori Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo's Odaiba Palette Town. For those that don't happen to be in the area, our gallery offers a pretty spectacular look at the exhibits.

Source: Mori Building Digital Art Museum

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4 comments
owlbeyou
Hard to tell what is solid and what is image. I wish we could have seen a few of the rooms without projection to have a better sense of the exhibit. Is there sound that goes with? There should be. Audio of music and other sound effects like waves crashing a shore and wind, rain, storm, breaking glass, electronica, etc. This exhibit is amazing, but if the visitors come away from it over-saturated, which is quite possible, then that's not good. Highly stimulating events like this should perhaps be done in smaller doses, so that the visitors leave wanting more. It's a golden rule in art not to satiate.
toyhouse
Absolutely stunning and I'd really love to experience it,... but something owlbeyou just posted, triggered a memory for me. After people viewed the movie avatar, many had problems. Perhaps over-stimulation? I personally remember coming outside and feeling the real world looking drab and dull, (especially color),. For others apparently, it went far beyond that. There are some similarities between the examples I think, minus the physical interaction aspect.
IvanWashington
I am not worried about "overstimulation" even though I am on the spectrum. I am a bit miffed that all these cool things are usually, persistently so far away from me.
Sherrie Bakshi
We are planning a visit to Japan next year and this will be on our list to check out when we're in Tokyo.