Projectors, Mirrors & Darkness

Toto Tvalavadze
Oct 27, 2018 · 3 min read

What can you do with 470 projectors, 520 computers, thousands of LEDs, substantial dark space and human imagination? teamLab Borderless is an answer. Masterfully programmed and arranged projectors that create stunning experience can be seen in MORI Digital Arts building nearby Odaiba in Tokyo.

Apart from numerous poster ads around the city, Tamuna and I had no idea what to expect.

Exhibition space is vast, enormous. Every square meter is projected, even in halls between main exhibits. I can’t fathom the amount of work that went in preparation of the space. No wonder exhibition will run till the fall of 2020. I’m guessing Tokyo 2020 has something to do with that too.

Projectors are not the only tools used to make installations. One of my favorites was made with mirror room and LED lamps.

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. […]

Tannhäuser Gate… I suppose:

Biggest installations are made using systems of projectors shining moving images on the grey surface. Some of the images themselves are lovely pieces of CG work.

Nerd alert ahead. If you think programming LED matrices is hard, imagine programming 3D cube of thousands of LEDs per side. I found this “Crystal World” installation most impressive — programming, performance, everything.

Shooting a manual camera in such conditions is a challenge. In such a darkness lightmeter is useless. With so many moving things around the environment focusing with rangefinder becomes tough as you will see in some pictures.

Make sure to have approximately half a day free for a visit. The exhibition is truly massive. Be ready to have sore legs at the end of it.


If you like what you saw, head to my web site, Code, Design & Coffee, you’ll find more Visual Stories there with higher resolution and more photos per each story.

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Toto Tvalavadze

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I make iOS apps and walk with a camera.

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