Featured on THE BROOKLYN RAIL, July, 2021

Every Wall is a Door

teamLab is an interdisciplinary collective of over 400 “ultra-technologists” formed in Tokyo in 2001. It’s tempting to frame them as heirs apparent to VanDerBeek’s vision. Relying on devices familiar to cinema and theater such as darkened rooms, outsized projection, and spectacle, teamLab aims to make visitors’ participation integral to the fruition of their artworks in the service of “democratizing” art. Their monumental interactive digital installation at Superblue Miami is titled, with precision, Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together - Transcending Boundaries, A Whole Year per Hour (2017), and merges with a second installation, Universe of Water Particles, Transcending Boundaries (2017). A wall-length mirror reflects the space upon itself, enveloping visitors in a visually sensuous, expansive playground of illusion. Everything moves. Flower petals blossom and accumulate or languidly drift away, responding in real-time to participants’ motions. Larger-than-life luminous, stylized flora scale the walls. Glowing, flowing streams swirl underfoot, receding into darkness. A dreamy instrumental soundtrack shimmers through the speakers.(Excerpt from the text)

Featured on DATEBOOK, July 19, 2021

TeamLab’s ‘Continuity’ at the Asian Art Museum is a uniquely immersive, interactive experience

As my eyes adjusted to both the darkness of the gallery and the swirling pink and fuchsia flowers projected on the walls and floor, it hit me: a blast of sweet pea, maybe tuberose, perhaps peony? The fragrance drifted through the galleries (and my mask), and I mentally connected the smell to the explosions of digital flowers surrounding me. The perfume was mildly intoxicating but not too artificial: It was a heightened interpretation of what spring flowers smell like, rather than a re-creation. That is also an apt description for “Continuity,” the inaugural exhibition at the Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Pavilion at the Asian Art Museum by Tokyo-based art collective teamLab. The moving images, soundtrack and even the fragrances piped into the gallery are all entirely original and created by the hundreds of programmers and designers who make up teamLab, founded by Toshiyuki Inoko in 2001. The collective oversees a number of exhibition spaces in Tokyo in addition to exhibiting internationally, including at Menlo Park’s Pace Gallery in 2016.(Excerpt from the text)

Featured on Tatler, July 15, 2021

Japan's teamLab Borderless Is The World's Most Visited Museum

When teamLab Borderless opened in Japan in the summer of 2018, it was already an instant hit with locals, tourists, celebrities and musicians. The unprecedented digital art museum has welcomed millions of visitors across 160 countries and regions—which is evident in the long waiting lines you see outside the museum. With its Instagrammable art installations that are also interactive, it ushered in a new era of art viewing, one that combines art and technology.(Excerpt from the text)

Featured on Time Out, July 14, 2021

teamLab Borderless takes Guinness World Record for the world’s most visited museum

Since its opening in the summer of 2018, teamLab Borderless in Odaiba, Tokyo has received millions of visitors from over 160 countries and regions. With its mesmerising interactive art installations, it’s no mystery as to why the museum is high up on the list of places to see for tourists and locals alike. (Excerpt from the text)

Featured on TTG ASIA, Jul 8, 2021

New garden attraction blooms at teamLab Planets Tokyo

To mark its third anniversary, sensorial attraction teamLab Planets Tokyo has launched a new Garden Area featuring two artworks that invite visitors to interact with orchid blooms and shiny ovoids.
One of the two artworks is set in a garden with more than 13,000 live orchids blooming in mid-air. The other is a moss garden filled with ovoids that shine and resonate when pushed by people or blown by the wind. (Excerpt from the text)

Featured on METROPOLIS, Jul 6, 2021

Sports, Wellbeing and Community in Tokyo

teamLab’s latest project is a mesmerizing immersive exhibition where digital art collides with sauna bathing. While Tokyo’s traditional saunas, onsen and sento can help alleviate your post-exercise muscle tension and daily mental stress, teamLab Sauna aims to elevate your bathing experience to a sauna trance in a transcendental experience. (Excerpt from the text)

Featured on JAPANTODAY, July 3, 2021

TeamLab Planets in Tokyo opens 2 immersive living garden artworks

TOKYO TeamLab Planets in Toyosu, Tokyo, is celebrating its third anniversary with an expansion: a new area with two interactive garden artworks.

The two gardens include one where visitors can become one with the flowers, immersing themselves in over 13,000 live orchids that bloom in mid-air; and a moss garden filled with ovoids that shine and resonate when pushed by people or blown by the wind.

Consisting of nine artworks, including four gigantic art spaces and two gardens, TeamLab Planets transports visitors to an immersive experience in a museum where they walk through water and a garden where they become one with the flowers.(Excerpt from the text)