Two years ago TeamLab, the Japanese tech collective of artists, programmers, designers and other technology specialists, held an exhibition in Taiwan. Once it was installed, Toshiyuki Inoko, the ringleader of the group, and several members visited the show on a weekend where they encountered an unexpected sight. “The museum was packed with parents and their kids,” recalls* Inoko. When it comes to museum in Japan, and much of the U.S., children aren’t always the most welcome of visitors. But here “children were expected to scream and run around.”
Stunned by the chaotic scene of children interacting with the exhibition, one of the members, who had no particular interest in art – “we are a diverse group and some members are like that,” explains Inoko – suddenly remarked, “I want my kids to experience this too.” And thus began the path to TeamLab’s Future Park, which opens this weekend at Miraikan in Tokyo.
The exhibition consists of 14 interactive, digital installations, each kid-friendly in their own like. Take the kids or go alone. Explore the digital wonderland that TeamLab has to offer. The exhibition run through March 1, 2015.
* all quotes translated from Japanese to English by the author