teamLab and MORI Building Digital Art Museum Opens on June 21

09.June.2018 | SPOT

MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless will open on June 21 and is co-managed by Mori Building Co., Ltd. and teamLab.

森ビル チームラボ デジタルアートミュージアム「MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM」4

teamLab Borderless is a collection of artworks that ‘form one borderless world.’ The art encompasses the entire room from the ceiling to the floor, and each piece connects seamlessly to the other, creating an immersive world where time blurs.

森ビル チームラボ デジタルアートミュージアム「MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM」3

You’ll be able to create new experiences with other people by submerging yourself into world of this borderless art and exploring it with your body.

森ビル チームラボ デジタルアートミュージアム「MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM」2

This never-before-seen new world is created in an expansive and complex three-dimensional 10,000 square meter space by 520 computers and 470 projectors.

森ビル チームラボ デジタルアートミュージアム「MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM」

EPSON teamLab Borderless have created 5 worlds each with their own distinct artwork. Early bird tickets are now on sale at a discounted price. Sales end on July 31. Additionally, the opening hours will be extended by one hour from June 21 to August 31.

 

Dive into a mesmerising 3D world and get lost amongst the borderless art.

 

■Information

MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless

Address: 1-3-8 Aomi, Koto, Tokyo

Opening: June 21, 2018

 

Opening Hours

Monday-Thursday 11:00-19:00 (20:00)

Friday 11:00-21:00 (22:00)

Saturday 10:00-21:00 (22:00)

Sunday & National Holidays 10:00-19:00 (20:00)

*Last entries are 1 hour before closing time.

*Times listed in brackets refer to extended opening times running from June 21 to August 31.

*Business hours will defer from season to season. Check the official website for full details.

Closed: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month.

 

Early Bird Tickets (Discounted)

Sales Period: June 7, 2018-July 31, 2018

Price:

Adults, High School & College Student – ¥2,400 (*Normal price ¥3,200)

Children up to Middle School Student – ¥1,000 (*Same as normal price)

*Prices listed include tax.

*Early bird tickets admitted during the period June 21 to July 31 only.

Ticket Purchasing: https://borderless.teamlab.art/jp/

 

 

teamLab Borderless: https://www.baitoru.com/cp/teamlab-borderless/

Official Website: http://borderless.teamlab.art/jp

Teaser Trailer: https://youtu.be/y3quanO4bKw

 

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    ZEN Mickey, Calligrapher MAMI

     

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    Untitled (Still Being Worked On), WAKU

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