Autumn Arrives at teamLab’s Art Exhibition at Mifuneyama Rakuen in Saga Prefecture
04.September.2018 | SPOT
Digitized Nature is a project organized by the creative group teamLab under the slogan ‘Nature Becomes Art’ that makes use of extraordinary digital art. teamLab notes how nature has formed over a very long period of time, and that we can gain a sense of the continuity of nature by turning it into art through forms like rocks, caves and forests.
teamLab are currently showcasing their ‘earth music & ecology’ exhibition titled ‘A Forest Where Gods Live’ at Mifuneyama Rakuen. One of the pieces there is called ‘Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest,’ which has just been updated to incorporate the autumnal colours known as kasane no irome.
Before the modern era of Japan, kasane no irome, or ‘layered colours,’ were autumn colours created in silk. They were a complex combination of front and back colours (silk during this time was so thin that the material was transparent, creating complicated colors), overlapping colour gradations, and combinations of warp and weft.
The updated exhibition, entitled Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain, makes use of these colours with lamps which fade in and out 8 autumn-time colours including reds and greens.
The group’s ‘earth music & ecology: A Forest Where Gods Live’ was packed up by news platforms around the world including CNN and even came top designboom’s Top 10 Art Installations of 2017. This year marks the 4th run of the exhibition which takes the form of a huge garden spanning 500,000 square meters. It features new digital art installations as well as the old ones which change and manipulate as people walk by them. Mifuneyama Rakuen first opened in 1845 and is a nationally registered place of scenic beauty.
Witness the worlds of technology and nature collide with your own eyes.
teamLab Bring Digital Art to Kyoto World Heritage Site Shimogamo Shrine
11.June.2018 | SPOT
teamLab is an ‘artist collaborative, interdisciplinary creative group’ made up of specialists including programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects – the list goes on. They work to blur together the art, science, technology and creative industries.
The team are bringing their Light Festival in Tadasu no Mori digital art exhibition to Shimogamo Shrine, which stands as one of seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The event will run from August 17 to September 2.
Resisting and Resonating Ovoids and Forest – Forest of Tadasu at Shimogamo Shrine
teamLab, 2018, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Shimogamo Shrine sits between Kamo River and Takano River. It is one of Kyoto’s oldest shrines, having been a place of worship to countless people since old times. ‘Tadasu no Mori’ (Forest of Correction) is a sacred grove at the shrine and reminder of times gone, stretching 124,000 square meters. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1994.
Resonating Spheres – Forest of Tadasu at Shimogamo Shrine
teamLab, 2016, Interactive Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
teamLab will showcase the above two art displays. Light, sound and digital technology will surround the trees leading up to the shrine and gate. The exhibits will transform with the presence of people.
Head to one of Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines to see a fusion of tradition and modern technology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
teamLab to Bring Digital Art Exhibition to GINZA SIX Rooftop
30.June.2018 | SPOT
- Ultratechnologists teamLab are taking their Resonating Trees digital art masterpiece to the rooftop garden of GINZA SIX, the biggest shopping complex in Ginza. It will run from August 1 to September 2.
The theme of the work is “Digitized Nature.” Taking place in a 56-meter roof garden, this digital art space combines sound and lights which change and transform as people walk by. This is the first time for this piece to be held in the city and offers people a dreamy experience with the nightscape of Ginza’s streets and buildings as the backdrop.
The trees lining the garden will be individually lit up with bright and colourful lights. It will seem as if the trees are resonating with each other as they fade in and out of different colour tones. As watchers walk by, the colour tone of a tree will change and transmit to the trees next to them. The changing of colours signifies the presence of people, and in turn teamLab hopes people will become aware of the existence of other living things in the same space.
Experience the latest in cutting-edge digital art technology at GINZA SIX.
Saga Prefecture’s Sake Brewers Clink Glasses to Launch OPEN SAGASAKE Campaign
The new OPEN SAGASAKE campaign is set to launch on January 14, 2021 to help spread awareness of sake brewed in Japan’s prefecture of Saga.
The COVID-19 pandemic has plunged the world into confusion and disorder and made it difficult to predict the future. In response to this, Saga Prefecture’s sake brewers have come together for Japan’s sake fans to launch a campaign that is imbued with the hope for a brighter future. It will release a variety of content for people to look forward with positivity as they go into the New Year.
Saga was originally known as Hizen and hails as Japan’s oldest location for rice farming. It’s home to Nabatake Ruins, an ancient ruin of rice paddies believed to be the oldest in Japan, and the enormous Yoshinogari site which is suited for rice cultivation. It’s also home to many ‘power spots,’ a concept in Japan where a specific place is considered to give one energy by visiting it. The people of Saga have lived in rhythm with nature throughout history, and it’s here where many sake breweries have opened.
Those who spend over ¥1,500 on Saga sake (tax included) for the campaign will be given a special leaflet by Pleiades Reina when it begins on January 14. Reina is the first child of Getters Iida, a Japanese fortune teller. 100 lucky people will also be given another special product to make their Saga sake drinking experience that much more special. Sign-ups begin on January 14 and end on March 12 in Japan.
2021 OPEN SAGASAKE Limited-Edition Bottles
Special Saga sake brand limited-edition bottles will be sold starting on February 1. The labels feature colourful gradations so you can pick which bottle you want depending on which one you’re feeling.
An online event will take place for Japanese sake fans on YouTube on March 6 at 18:00 (JST). Various actresses, models, and influencers will take part in a talk, including fortune telling by Pleiades Reina. There will also be prizes and other content to look forward to.
OPEN SAGASAKE Campaign
Running: January 14, 2021 – March 31, 2021
Official Website: https://lifepro.me/opensagasake/ *Website will open on January 13, 2021 @ 15:00 (JST)
Shops in Saga and Fukuoka stocking Saga sake (select shops not participating)
Life Select: https://www.lifeselect.jp/
Online Event – Saga Sake KAMPAI＃LIVE!: https://youtube.com/user/SagaKouhouMovie
teamLab Reconnect Project Combines Art With the Sauna Experience in Roppongi
06.January.2021 | SPOT
Art collective teamLab has announced the opening of teamLab Reconnect: Art with Rinkan Sauna Roppongi which will run for half a year starting this March in Roppngi, Tokyo.
Since 2019, teamLab has been combining saunas with digital art to create wholly new and unique sauna experiences never before seen.
teamLab Reconnect’s aim is not to offer a luxury and high-end venue for seeing artwork, but to put visitors into a luxurious state to experience the art. Through contrast bath therapy, where visitors are placed in a hot sauna followed by cold water and then relaxation, they can open their minds and senses to a variety of artworks and in essence become part of the art itself. teamLab hopes this will enable visitors to realise their own existence―their mind, body, and environment―and in turn ‘reconnect’ with the world and time.
teamLab, 2021, Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
teamLab Reconnect will welcome a variety of new artworks based on teamLab’s new art project ‘Supernature Phenomenon’ which captures different natural phenomena in nature.
Proliferating Immense Life – A Whole Year per Year
teamLab, 2020, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
This artwork captures the life cycle of flowers. It is not a pre-recorded image that is played back; it is created by a computer program that continuously renders the work in real time. The interaction between people and the installation causes continuous change in the artwork, meaning previous visual states can never be replicated, and will never reoccur.
Since opening their sauna in Mifuneyama Rakuen in Kyushu back in 2019, which won the SAUNACHELIN two years in a row in 2019 and 2020, teamLab has gone on to create new works of sauna art such as teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live and teamLab Ruins and Heritage: Rinkan Spa & Tea Ceremony.
teamLab Reconnect: Art with Rinkan Sauna Roppongi
Location: teamLab Reconnect, 5-10-25 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Running March 2021 – August 2021
Official Website: https://www.teamlab.art/e/reconnect/
teamLab Borderless Shanghai Opens Museum Shop Selling Eco-Friendly Folding Rice Bag
14.December.2020 | SPOT
Art collective teamLab opened a shop at their Shanghai-based art museum teamLab Borderless Shanghai on Saturday (December 5). teamLab Borderless Shanghai opened its doors in Huangpu, Shanghai, in November 2019, displaying around 50 pieces of artwork by teamLab. The company’s Borderless project is a ‘world of artworks without boundaries, a museum without a map.’
The museum’s new shop sellings a variety of items, from stickers to postcards to the official teamLab Folding Rice Bag. More items are scheduled to be added to the stock in the future.
teamLab Folding Rice Bag
The eco bag can be folded up and stored when not in use. It’s a 30kg rice bag that was acquired directly from the farmer, originally used for storing rice before milling and would normally be discarded after use. It’s traditionally used to store and sell rice. Still present in the Japanese countryside today, these bags are made of strong, durable materials that protect the rice inside from moisture and damage. The bag is made of paper, and it can be folded up and stored in your pocket for use at any time.
teamLab Borderless Shanghai
Address: Unit C-2 No 100, Hua Yuan Gang Road, Huangpu, Shanghai
Museum hours are temporarily shortened as below:
Tuesday to Friday:
10:30 – 18:00 (last entry 17:00)
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays:
10:30 – 20:00 (last entry 19:00)
Official Website: https://borderless.teamlab.art/shanghai/
teamLab’s Rinkan Spa & Tea Ceremony, Ruins and Remains Opens as Permanent Exhibit at Mifuneyama Rakuen
17.November.2020 | SPOT
Japanese art collective teamLab opened its teamLab: Rinkan Spa & Tea Ceremony, Ruins and Remains series of artworks at Mifuneyama Rakuen in Kyushu as permanent exhibitions on November 10. The artworks can be enjoyed as part of a set which includes enjoying the exhibits as well as a soak in Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel’s sauna and a complimentary cup of Japanese tea.
Rakan no Yu, a sauna located at Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel, won the Saunachelin Grand Prix two years in a row in 2019 and 2020. The sauna and open-air baths enjoy natural water from Mt. Mifune and are surrounded by the vast nature of the local area.
A sauna and new art experience fusion
Sitting on the borderline of Mifuneyama Rakuen Park is the 3,000-year-old sacred Okusu tree of Takeo Shrine, which is Japan’s 7th largest. Also in the heart of the garden is another 300-year-old sacred tree. Knowing the significance of this, Japan’s forebears turned a portion of this forest into a garden, utilizing the trees of the natural forest. The border between the garden and the wild forest is ambiguous, and when wandering through the garden, before they know it, people will find themselves entering the woods and animal trails.
Visitors can get their hands on a combo ticket which includes access to teamLab’s exhibition as well as daytime entry to the sauna. These are limited to 40 people per day.
Below are some of the artworks that visitors can experience.
Megaliths in the Bath House Ruins
teamLab, 2019, Interactive Digital Installation
Graffiti Nature – Living in the Ruins of a Bathhouse, Red List
teamLab, 2017-, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Butterflies Dancing in the Depths of the Underground Ruins, Transcending Space
teamLab, 2019, Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain
teamLab, 2018, Interactive Installation, Murano Glass, LED, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
teamLab Ruins and Heritage: Rinkan Sauna & Tea Ceremony
Location: Mifuneyama Rakuen
Address: 4100 Takeo, Takeo-cho, Takeo City, Saga, Japan
Opened: November 10, 2020
Buy Tickets (English): https://mifuneyamarakuen.teamlabticket.com/#/order
teamLab Borderless to Turn Tokyo’s Odaiba Into Digital Winter Wonderland
17.November.2020 | SPOT
MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless in Odaiba, Tokyo, is set to welcome a world of wonderful winter artworks this year.
teamLab Borderless is a group of artworks that form one borderless world. Artworks move out of rooms, communicate with other works, influence, and sometimes intermingle with each other with no boundaries.
This December, teamLab invites children to create a Christmas world from their own pictures. When they draw a picture of Santa Claus on a piece of paper, he will appear in a town right in front of their eyes as if by magic.
Forest of Resonating Lamps
Throughout December and into January, the lamps at the art museum’s Forest of Resonating Lamps area will be changed to blue, inspired by the Blue Grotto sea cave in Italy. Going into January, they will turn red to be inspired by flames.
Proliferating Immense Life
The museum’s immense flower art piece Proliferating Immense Life – A Whole Year per Year will welcome numerous winter flowers over the next few months including Jack-in-the-pulpits in December, Chinese aster in January, and Asian bleeding-heart in February. When people touch the flowers they scatter, wither, and die, before being reborn. 100,000 flowers will scatter at once, creating a breathtaking display.
Memory of Topography
This artwork installation depicts a rural mountain landscape of varying elevations. For winter, it will depict wintertime scenery starting from December, from powdery snow to snow storms, kantsubaki midwinter camellias, plum blossoms, and more.
EN TEA HOUSE GENKA-TEI
Enter teamLab Borderless’s cafe where flowers bloom inside your cup. The tea house will make tea with a variety of winter flowers like chrysanthemums and cyclamens until December before switching to daffodils and plum blossoms from January to March.
Experience winter like never before at MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless.
MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless
Location: Odaiba Palette Town
Address: 1-3-8 Aomi, Koto Ward, Tokyo
*Opening hours subject to change depending on the season, check the official website for the latest information
teamLab Borderless Official Website: https://borderless.teamlab.art/
teamLab Displays Artwork at Grand Central Terminal in New York
01.November.2020 | SPOT
Japanese art collective teamLab began displaying their permanent public artwork Continuous Life and Death at the Now of Eternity II, Grand Central Terminal at the One Vanderbilt skyscraper in New York on September 14, 2020. The world of the artwork becomes brighter with the sunrise of Manhattan, and becomes darker as the sun sets. The flowers that bloom change throughout the period of one year.
Who is teamLab?
teamLab is an interdisciplinary art collective founded in 2001 in Tokyo, whose team includes several hundred specialists from artists to programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathmeticians, architects, and more.
teamLab aims to explore the relationship between the self and the world and new perceptions through art, and that’s exactly what this piece does. In the flow of time of reality flowers are born, bloom, then in the course of time they wither and die. The flowers are eternally repeating the process of life and death. This process is captured in real time in the digital art piece.
Continuous Life and Death at the Now of Eternity II, Grand Central Terminal can be seen at the newly-opened 67-floor One Vanderbilt.
Continuous Life and Death at the Now of Eternity II, Grand Central Terminal teamLab, 2020, Digital Work, Endless
Continuous Life and Death at the Now of Eternity II, Grand Central Terminal
Exhibition: Permanent from September 14, 2020
Address: One Vanderbilt, 1 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY
Official Website: https://www.teamlab.art/e/onevanderbilt/
Tokyo’s New Art Cafe WHAT CAFE Opens in Tennozu
Warehouse TERRADA opened up the new art cafe ‘WHAT CAFE’ in Tennozu, Tokyo, on October 15, 2020.
Left: Overlap of paint (dot3) by Soichi Yamaguchi | Right: Ichijiteki ni Inu, Ichijiteki ni Hito, Ichijiteki ni E by Dan Isomura
WHAT CAFE will serve as a hub to support artists in Japan’s art industry by functioning as both a gallery and cafe in a 800㎡ space. The gallery will change out the artwork from time to time to allow for more artists to showcase their works to visitors throughout the year. There will be hundreds of pieces shown in an entire year.
Left: Peel off the paint “No.125” by Haruna Shinagawa | void #35 by KIKUCHI Ryo
Tokyo’s Tennozu area is looking to become a major stop for art in Japan and is currently home to various art facilities like the pigment lab PIGMENT TOKYO and Japan’s biggest gallery complex TERRADA ART COMPLEX.
If you’re interested in contemporary art in Japan, and are visiting Tokyo, then you won’t want to miss a stop to Tennozu. Be sure to stop by WHAT CAFE.
Address: 2-1-11 Higashishinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-18:00
*No fixed holidays but the facility may be closed for certain events
Official Website: https://cafe.warehouseofart.org
New Studio Ghibli Book Focuses On the Main Characters’ Daily Lives
14.October.2020 | FASHION
Tokuma Shoten Publishing released a new picture book entitled Studio Ghibli no Ironna Kurashi in Japan on October 9, 2020 which is centred on the everyday lives of the protagonists from 13 of Studio Ghibli’s animated feature films.
The book looks at where the characters of these films reside and what kinds of lives they live, whether it be in the Toxic Jungle of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, or Sophie taking up the role of the cleaning lady in Howl’s Moving Castle, or Sosuke and Lisa who live upon the cliff in Ponyo.
Life in the castle in Howl’s Moving Castle ©2004 Studio Ghibli・NDDMT
Who’s who in the family? What kind of house do they live in? What job do they work? These are the questions that the book will answer as it delves deep into the livelihoods of the globally-beloved characters conceived by the incredible minds of Studio Ghibli.
The town of Koriko in Kiki’s Delivery Service ©1989 Eiko Kadono・Studio Ghibli・N
Arrietty’s house in The Secret World of Arrietty ©2010 Studio Ghibli・NDHDMTW
Noboru Yoshida (Art Supervisor for The Secret World of Arrietty)
The house that Satsuki and Mei move to in My Neighbor Totoro, the dwelling of Totoro, the wartime life of Seita and Setsuko living in Kobe in Grave of the Fireflies, the town where Kiki begins her life living alone at the age of 13, and so on.
The book is a must-have in the collection of any fans of Studio Ghibli, and is sure to make you want to step into those magical worlds once again.
Studio Ghibli no Ironna Kurashi (Japanese Title: スタジオジブリのいろんなくらし)
Films Featured: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Grave of the Fireflies, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbors the Yamadas, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, The Secret World of Arrietty, From Up on Poppy Hill, The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Release Date: October 9, 2020
Price: ¥1,800 (Before Tax)
Size: B5 Hardback
Pages: 96 full colour
Publisher: Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd.
Product Page: https://www.tokuma.jp/book/b535734.html
Tokyo’s Mickey Mouse Exhibition ‘THE TRUE ORIGINAL & BEYOND’ Previews 5 Japanese Artworks
The Asahi Shimbun and Nippon TV are set to host an exhibition centred on Mickey Mouse at the MORI ARTS CENTER GALLERY in Roppongi, Tokyo, from October 30, 2020 to January 11, 2021, in celebration of 90 years since Mickey Mouse’s screen debut. The exhibition will showcase works shown at the Mickey: The True Original Exhibition held in New York in 2018-2019.
Before the exhibition opens, five participating Japanese artists have each revealed their never-before-seen artworks which will be on display.
The Tokyo exhibition will be a travel back through time, looking at Mickey Mouse from the past to the present. It will be split into three zones: “The Origin,” “The True Original,” and “Beyond.” The five artists showcasing their work early will be featured in the “Beyond” zone and include Tomoko Oshima, Kosuke Kawamura, Nana Soeda, Calligrapher MAMI, and WAKU. Below are their featured pieces along with their comments.
Tomoko Oshima | Comment
“What’s fascinating about Mickey Mouse is, for reasons I can’t begin to work out, how he became a part of each person’s life. I was raised in a household that banned cartoon characters, so it always felt like something unobtainable. Mickey Mouse is like a hero to all of us. He’s dazzling and radiant, a kind of being I can’t look directly in the face of. When working on my Mickey Mouse art [for the exhibition], my concept was to create a Mickey that’s special only to me, so I challenged myself to turning that Mickey Mouse that everyone feels happy looking at and loves into my usual art style.”
Oheya (Bedroom), Tomoko Oshima
Kosuke Kawamura | Comment
“What I find fascinating about Mickey Mouse is that no matter how old I get, he always transports me away from the real world to a world of dreams. He’s an idol of mine. I even have my own collection of merchandise I’ve been collecting over the years. For the exhibition, I needed to creating something for the Beyond [zone], so I tried shaping Mickey Mouse from how I see him in my head. I’ve always made sure to balance my artwork in such a way that it can be seen in two ways. When you stand close, you can see the detailed composition, but when you step away, it looks different. This time around I gave myself a little challenge and made the silhouette of his face and hands using flowers. If you get close to it you’ll see that it’s made up of lots of flowers, but stand from afar and you’ll be able to see the facial expressions and his pointing figure. I’d like people to give both a go, so when you’ve looked at it up close then take a step back.”
Untitled, Kosuke Kawamura
Nana Soeda | Comment
“I feel Mickey Mouse’s appeal from his long history and how he has changed overtime, so I tried to express these aspects in the piece I made. The theme for it is centred on Mickey Mouse in the future, so when I was thinking about what he might look like in the future, I looked to past [designs] and tried fixing them up. So in my piece there’s a trace of looking back at past Mickey Mouse while giving him an update. Creating those ‘futures’ made me feel like I was walking through my own past and processes. You can’t know exactly what’s to come in the future even for someone as internationally popular as Mickey Mouse. But by learning from past memories and mistakes, you can draw on those to create a future, don’t you think? That’s something I wanted to convey in this piece, and I did so by creating something that’s close to the Mickey Mouse of the past with both 2D and 3D surfaces. The Mickey Mouse I drew is the one of ages past that looks completely different to his appearance today. But those look at it might feel something newer about it than older. That, or they might feel uncomfortable seeing him in a way they’re not used to. I want people to take their time looking at both and feeling whatever they feel when they do.”
LOVE, Nana Soeda
Calligrapher MAMI | Comment
“I’ve captured Mickey Mouse’s silhouette as its own kanji by using calligraphy. His appearance is iconic worldwide, and by making him recognisable through this common language, I’ve tried to create a new kanji, effectively breaking the language barrier of calligraphy, something which is difficult in itself to overcome for people. Another thing with calligraphy is that you can write the same piece hundreds of times which means it can be fine tuned over and over. I believe that overlaps with Mickey Mouse’s design as he has too has evolved for a hundred years. But by no means have his designs he just spring out of existence immediately. He has undergone trial and error through the times, and always shines bright. It’s because of everyone who will see my piece as this exhibition that I’ve been able to create something I can feel from the heart.”
ZEN Mickey, Calligrapher MAMI
WAKU | Comment
“I think the appeal of Mickey Mouse lies in the fact that people around the world all remember him from their childhoods. We form memories during our childhoods, and ever I’ve been able to recognise those memories inside of me, Mickey Mouse was something that was always close to me. When I see three circles together, Mickey Mouse’s face comes into my mind. He might be the first internationally recognisable symbol. I felt that the affinity between symbolism and neon signs is very high. So for my piece, I incorporated the techniques used for traditional Japanese neon signboards, something which I see less of these days. I took that and created the three Mickey Mouse circles using light.”
Untitled (Still Being Worked On), WAKU
MICKEY THE TRUE ORIGINAL & BEYOND
Running: October 30, 2020 – January 11, 2021
Venue: MORI ARTS CENTER GALLERY (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower Floor 52F)
Entry Price: General ¥2,800 / Junior & High School Students ¥2,000 / Elementary School Students ¥1,200 / Preschoolers – Free
Official Website: mtob.exhibit.jp
teamLab Creates New Expressions For its Planets Exhibitions in Tokyo
13.October.2020 | SPOT
The interdisciplinary art collective teamLab has added new elements to its Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers and The Infinite Crystal Universe exhibits at teamLab Planets Tokyo in Toyosu, Tokyo.
Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers
teamLab, 2016-2018, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers showcases a seasonal year of flowers blooming and changing with time and how life spreads out into the universe. Enter a vast, immersive world where over 10 million flowers bloom.
The Infinite Crystal Universe
teamLab, 2018, Interactive Installation of Light Sculpture, LED, Endless, Sound: teamLab
The light sculpture of The Infinite Crystal Universe extends infinitely in all directions. People use their smartphones to select elements to throw The Infinite Crystal Universe. These elements are reborn in three dimensions, creating the artwork. 26 light sculptures have been made for the exhibit.
A survey was carried out with 522 guests who visited teamLab Planets Tokyo between August 31, 2020 and September 13, 2020 in relation to the safety measures put in place at the site against COVID-19. The results showed that 94% of people answered that they felt safe during their time there.
teamLab Planets TOKYO DMM.com
Address: teamLab Planets TOKYO, 6-1-16 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 10:00-19:00 / [Saturday] 9:00-20:00 / [Sunday] 9:00-19:00
*Last entries are 30 minutes before closing times
Official Website: https://planets.teamlab.art/tokyo/
teamLab Joins Superblue Miami’s Opening Exhibition For 2020-2022
12.October.2020 | SPOT
Interdisciplinary art collective teamLab is joining Light and Space artist James Turrell and British artist and stage designer Es Devlin and the opening exhibition of Superblue Miami, a new art centre in Miami, Florida, beginning on December 22, 2020.
Superblue Miami is set to open as the first experimental art centre by Superblue, a new company that looks into experimental art. Superblue will kick off its launch with Every Wall is a Door where large-scale installation art created by teamLab, James Turrell, and Es Devlin will be showcased through to 2022.
teamLab: Between Life and Non-Life
teamLab will showcase a selection of installations themed on the concept of “Between Life and Non-Life” which looks at human and nature and the ambiguity between life and non-life.
Transcending Boundaries / Universe of Water Particles, Transcending Boundaries
teamLab, 2017, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Transcending Boundaries, A Whole Year per Hour / Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together – Transcending Boundaries, A Whole Year per Hour
teamLab, 2017, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
“teamLab is an interdisciplinary art collective founded in 2001 in Tokyo, whose team includes several hundred specialists. At the heart of their practice lies the belief that digital art can bring people together through shared experiences. Their immersive, colourful installations fuse art and science to encourage meaningful interactions with both the work and other people. As we move around the space, our very actions—along with those of other participants—provoke flowers to bloom, waterfalls to change the course of their flow, and butterflies to twirl in the air. We are reminded that there is strength in the collective and are invited to reconnect with nature and marvel at its beauty.”
Every Wall is a Door
Running: December 22, 2020 – 2022
Venue: Superblue Miami (Miami, Florida)
Tickets: From $30 (on sale sometime in Autumn 2020)
Ticket Info: http://www.superblue.com/about
teamLab Exhibition Website: https://www.teamlab.art/e/superbluemiami/
Superblue Website: https://www.superblue.com/
Review | ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM: A Magical Place Swimming With Life
ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM officially opened permanently in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, on August 28, 2020. Before that, it was simply an exhibition that was held around Tokyo which brought together over 10 million visitors throughout its run, exhibiting goldfish in a variety of breathtaking ways.
We visited ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM together with Japanese model Yuna Yabe to take a deeper dive into what lies within those doors.
ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM can be found in Nihonbashi, an area of which served as one of many places where ART AQUARIUM previously held its exhibitions. Nihonbashi is steeped in tradition and is actually the place where Japan’s goldfish culture spawned from during the Edo Period.
ART AQUARIUM was conceived and is managed by Hidetomo Kimura, an author and general producer. It’s a collaboration between art, design, and entertainment, all fused into an aquarium to create a completely unique experience. The museum has taken what was once a pop-up exhibition and expanded it many-fold, housing close around 30,000 goldfish.
The aquarium is divided into different areas each with its own unique theme that plunges visitors into a multitude of fantastical worlds. One of the must-sees when visiting ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM is the masterful Oiran works—giant goldfish bowls as pictured above—which are inspired by the red light district of the Edo Period.
Perhaps the most striking and gorgeous part of the Edo Period was Hanamachi, the districts where geisha worked. The high-ranking courtesans, known as Oiran, engaged in what was known as the Oiran Dochu, or procession of the courtesans, and this too has been captured at the museum in the designs of the beautiful fish tanks in this area.
Another unmissable part when visiting the aquarium are the Goldfish Shrines, towering fish tanks lined up like a column of water trees which make for an incredible viewing experience.
The lighting and music is ever-changing, and so transports visitors into a completely different realm every time. It can be one way one moment, and in the next instant it changes entirely.
From the second floor you can overlook the fish shrines with dynamic 3D visuals in the background. These visuals change depending on the season, so you’ll be in for a treat however many times you visit.
There are countless works of goldfish art scattered throughout the aquarium—too many to count, so your eyes will never grow tired.
Suigian Lounge – Old Pine Tree Area
ART AQUARMIUM MUSEUM even has its own dining lounge where guests can enjoy a meal while gazing at a painting of old pine trees, a cultural property of the Edo Period said to have been painted by those of the Kano school of Japanese painting. Traditional performances are also carried out on the stage for diners.
These drinks are ¥1,200 each (before tax)
Every five days, a new line-up of cocktails is served at Suigian Lounge. Japan used to be divided into 24 sekki rather than the now-used four seasons of springs, summer, autumn, and winter. These were further divided into 72 Kō, which are five days apart each. That’s where the lounge gets its idea for changing its cocktails every five days. So you’re sure to find an interesting flavour on every visit.
Kagyo Ryoran – Joy Area
Kagyo Ryoran is a separate cafe lounge at the aquarium where they serve authentic Japanese sweets in collaboration with famous confectionery shops.
From Left Clockwise: Goldfish Sarasa ¥750 / Palet D’or Cacao Soda ¥900 / Echire Butter & Cream Castella ¥800 / lohasbeans coffee Matcha Tiramisu ¥850 / Goldfish Jelly ¥750 (All Before Tax)
The cafe serves up range of tasty Japanese desserts, from traditional ones to others inspired by goldfish and some made in collaboration with other shops.
Large Plush Toys: ¥3,200 Each (Before Tax)
The aquarium event sells its own souvenirs, such as goldfish plushies in various sizes, original confections, collaborative products, and more.
“Everything was magical—the goldfish, the sounds, the lights, the atmosphere!” explains Yuna. “They have a lot of different varieties of goldfish, and the fish tanks come in all shapes and sizes, which makes for plenty of Instagram-worthy moments. And since it’s inspired by Edo culture, it has a Japanese vibe to it too. The fish are always swimming around, so no two moments are ever the same, meaning you’re offered something fresh every time you visit.”
If you’re visiting Tokyo, be sure to pay a visit to ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM.
ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM
Address: 1-3 Nihonbashihoncho, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (subject to change)
No Fixed Holidays
General Admission: Adults (13 and over) ¥2,300 (Tax Included) / After Dark Ticket: Adults (13 and over) ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
*Free for 12 and under
Official Website: https://artaquarium.jp/en/
*ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM is currently operating with social distancing and COVID-19 preventative measures. Special permission was granted to take these photos safely without a mask.