Touring the immersive exhibit at teamLab Planets TOKYO at Toyosu, Tokyo was such a truly incredible, brilliantly done experience. The amount of immersive rooms and activities were the perfect amount for experiencing it all – and not being overwhelmed.
The rooms were as follows:
Waterfall of Light Particles at the Top of an Incline
Soft Black Hole – Your Body Becomes a Space that Influences Another Body
The Infinite Crystal Universe (Favorite Room)
Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People – Infinity
Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers (Favorite Room)
Entering into the building at your allotted time, you’re given a short speech on the best practice guidelines. The first order of business is to put your shoes and bags into a locker. You walk the whole experience barefoot – which is rather delightful. Especially, when you crawl through the Soft Black Hole.
The “Infinite Crystal Universe” was a wonderfully done infinity room. The LED lights, musical programing and waves of color were simply mesmerizing. I could have spent a solid hour in that instillation, basking in the open room area and watching the light transform over bodies and forms. It was perhaps my favorite room in the art collective.
Moving forward into the “Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People” room, I delighted in the sense of play that the room offered. Koi fish were projected on the surface of knee high level water. Once I touched a projected fish, it disappeared. This created a lovely interactive effect – the dance – of koi and people.
Continuing, the “Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers” instillation was a visual masterpiece. It was absolutely stunning in design and execution. Walking into the room, you smell a scent of roses to set the tone. Then, you are instructed to sit or lay down in the middle of the room to allow the projections of flowers and petals to envelop your visual senses. At first, it may seem disorienting. But, after you settle in, it is a brilliant meditation of the senses.
Unfortunately, “Expanding Three-dimensional Existence in Transforming Space” was closed during the time of my visit.
Moss Garden of Resonating Microcosms – Solidified Light Color, Sunrise and Sunset
Floating Flower Garden: Flowers and I are of the Same Root, the Garden and I are One (Favorite Room)
After the final room in the Water Area, you are guided to experience the Garden Area. Unfortunately, viewing the “Moss Garden of Resonating Microcosms” during the day was not the most successful display of the instillation. Previously, I saw alternative ways of the room being displayed that was MUCH more visually interesting. During the day, not so much.
Finally, it was time for the “Floating Flower Garden.” Here, seemingly thousands of living orchid places are hung from the ceiling. They ascend and descend on a timer, signaling when groups can enter and when they should leave. It was intoxicating in the scale and scope of the display. The mirrors and bright natural light magnified the effect of the flowers. Truly, it reminded me of my Ayahuasca experience, where I felt at one with nature and the energy of the Earth.
As we made our way out of teamLab Planets TOKYO and took the metro back to the Conrad Tokyo, I was struck by how much I truly loved the art experience.
It was beauty, in infinity.
teamLab Planets TOKYO
6 Chome-1-16 Toyosu
Koto City, Tokyo, Japan 135-0061