Head to Japan to see the most advanced museum in the world

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Yes. This place is real.

Move over Disneyland. Japan’s making magic in real life.

For a long time we’ve focused on Japan’s whimsical tales of Studio Ghibli, crazy vending machines, and school girl scandals. But there’s a new attraction in Tokyo and it’s yanking on the spotlight with both hands.

Here’s the kicker… it’s an art museum.

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“Artworks Move Around The Room Freely”

When you first read the video subtitle “Artworks move around the room freely” it sounds like a bad translation. But nope. The art in this museum really does drift along the walls with a mind of its own, playfully interacting with visitors motions and footsteps. Check it out.

“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.”

All the art in teamLab’s Borderless museum is made using complex light projections and Augmented Reality (AR) technology. Its an interactive experience of a virtual world in a real-world setting.

Just let that sink in for a second. The people at Borderless are actually building the virtual world into the real one. This is where the lines between art and reality begin to blur.

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Art that’s seamlessly more interactive

The museum contains almost 50 artworks that “form connections and relationships with people, communicate with other works, influence and sometimes intermingle with each other, and have the same concept of time as the human body.”

Exhibits are in dark rooms with pitch black walls and the occasional mirror. Black shapes jut from walls or forming mini hills and forests to create a landscape that you can interact with. Check it out.

They’ve also built an underwater forest that you can walk through. It’s titled “Sea in the Memory of Topography.”

Okay, one more. Watch as 16 lightrays intermingle to create the artwork, “Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as well, Life on Collision — 1 Crow where 16 Light Rays Cross”

Revolutionizing school and learning through art

Welcome to the Athletics Forest. It’s designed for children to have fun and learn to think in three dimensions rather than two. Pus there’s a giant marshmallow-type trampoline that beckons event the most shy kids to step out of their shell.

But the true value of the Athletics Forest goes beyond a fun educational art experience for kiddos. Here’s the higher concept.

“Knowledge entails using the brain whilst keeping the body stationary, and limiting the amount of information. If the problem is “1+1=?” the amount of information is several bytes.

What we call “knowledge” that is taught in school, discards the body, it is acquired through language and mathematics, and in terms of information volume the amount is extremely small. However, if we take a quick look around ourselves, it is clear that the world is comprised of an immense amount of information.”

They’re working on teaching kids how to actively think in higher dimensions rather than flat planes. That means in the future, we solve problems using an entirely new set of skills. Head to their webpage on higher dimensional thinking if you want to know more.

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Seeping into reality

The whole concept behind teamLab’s Borderless museum is to make art in which you can lose yourself. Art that you can unify with. Art that “transcends the boundary between people and world”.

Consuming food and drink is one of our most basic functions as humans. So when you have a virtual flower literally blooming in a cup of matcha tea (tea ceremony is one of Japan’s most ancient and revered activities), you can’t help but be impressed.

Sure, it’s a bit of a gimmick at the moment… but give these artists 2 or 3 years, and who knows what they could achieve.

One things for sure, the creators are looking toward the future

While excited adults will flock towards this art museum as Japan’s next ‘big’ thing, it’s clear that it’s not for us.

It’s for the future.

The athletic forest alone show that teamLab is dedicated to inspiring and teaching children in new ways. And as Greta Thunberg has recently shown the world, the kids of the future will need all the inspiration and help they can get to tackle problems that are currently unsolvable.

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Robots are taking wall murals to a whole new level

Robots are taking wall murals to a whole new level

Art and technology meet in unexpected places to create wonderful expressions of humanity.

Perhaps the oldest and most famous example of such a blend of art and technology was Leanardo Da Vinci. One day, he was painting exquisite masterpieces of smiling women, the other, he was inventing thrilling new ways for people to experience the world. From diving suits to flying machines, his unhinged imagination enabled him to envision (and in part create) the future.

Over at D Emptyspace, we’re obsessed with that meeting point. The place where technology and art meet to create something no one thought was possible. Which is why we were so excited to come across the Robots for Humanity community and the Robot Muralist company.

“We are transforming cities, communities, public spaces and homes through the vision of artists.”

Using a wall-crawling robot, they can recreate any artwork, at any scale, on almost any surface. Just take a look at the video below.

This is something that can transform a cityscape in a matter of days.

The technical details of how it works

The robot uses a collection of spray paint cans and a clever algorithm to calculate how the artwork will be scaled on the surface of the wall.

It can spray 1 m² per minute — an incredibly fast application for something that could take weeks to months if hand-painted by an artist.

The robot doesn’t actually come up with its own ‘art’ (although that’s also something these clever folks are working on!). It needs an artists input to transfer the image over. It’s a true collaboration between an artist and technology.

The robot paints much like a traditional printer. It uses small dots of color to make up different colors and details. Each dot is 1cm in diameter. As technology improves and advances, this will probably reduce further making a smoother finish.

Quick side note:This ‘resolution’ translation is something the D Emptyspace team has dealt with at length. When taking an artwork into another medium, be it a digital gallery or gigantic mural, staying true to the original piece is a major concern.

Making the world more beautiful with art

Next up, the Robot Muralist team are partnering with Mindvalley to paint 4 gigantic murals in Pula, Croatia.

They’re on a mission to transform boring, depressing, gray urban spaces into striking points of human expression.

Now that’s something we can get behind!

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New Features: Create More Galleries & Discover More Art

New Features: Create More Galleries & Discover More Art

Introducing the new gallery spaces — Wave.

We keep saying it again and again, but wow — we’ve been blown away from the feedback we’re getting from artists. Since D Emptyspace launched, the number of galleries and artists are growing exponentially and the team is working hard to push the app further and further.

With our previous round of updates, we added featured artists, improved galleries and got started on sharing functionality. This month we’re giving you more galleries, four new styles of gallery to choose from, and D Space — a space for discovering new artists.

Share your galleries with anyone on any device even if they don’t have the app installed yet.

Welcome to D Space: Where you can discover new talent

D Space is a new hub where you can instantly discover recently created galleries and our popular featured galleries. It’s a constantly updated feed packed with new art and artists that you can discover every few minutes.

You can access D Space by updating to the newest version of the D Emptyspace app and looking for the new D icon in the center of the tap bar at the bottom of the app.

D Space is the perfect place to go if you need a little inspiration.

The outstanding work in the “featured galleries” section has also moved into D Space. Just tap the Featured Galleries tab once you’re in D Space.

So what are you waiting for? Update your app, hit the D icon at the bottom of your screen and discover the latest talent.

Scroll down D Space to see the latest galleries

Create more with the brand new Wave Galleries

We’ve created four totally new gallery designs for you to choose from.

To accommodate these new galleries, you can now create up to five galleries on your profile.

To try out “The Wave” just go to your profile page and add a new gallery. You can select either our original space design — Der Raum — or our new space — The Wave.

One of the new galleries

We wanted to create an abstract space where artists could capture a piece of work without the context of a typical exhibition space. The Wave won’t remind you of something specific, but is rather a space where you can convey your feelings through art in a variety of ways.

With our first gallery design Der Raum, we gave you three three color schemes to represent the passing of day into night. For The Wave we’ve given you four colors that represent the seasons. Beige for spring, off-white for summer, warm grey for autumn, and cool grey for winter. Check out the new gallery spaces below.

Wave Autumn
Wave Winter
Wave Spring
Wave Summer

We hope you enjoy creating new galleries!

Special thanks to the entire team at Dift for working so hard to keep these updates rolling out so fast!

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