teamLab has transformed a historical temple in Himeji with new digital art

From an art exhibition in an abandoned bathhouse in Saga to a surreal botanical garden in Osaka, teamLab has turned the unlikeliest of spaces into works of art. The digital art collective has continued this trend with its latest exhibition, where it has transformed the historical Shoshazan Engyoji Temple in Himeji city, Hyogo with interactive installations.


Titled ‘teamLab: Existence in Perception – Engyoji Temple’, this exhibition questions the notion of existence and introduces two new teamLab artworks: ‘Massless Sun, Distorted Space’ and ‘Giant Solidified Spark’.

Engyoji Temple
Photo: teamLab

The exhibition takes place inside Jiki-do, one of the temple’s three buildings. Jiki-do, which is an Important Cultural Property of Japan, dates back to the Muromachi period (1336-1573) and was once used as a multi-purpose space where monks could study, sleep and eat.

teamLab Engyoji Temple
Photo: teamLab

Massless Sun, Distorted Space’ features a sphere of light that appears to float in space. It also changes position as you move around the room. This piece explores the notion of a world without boundaries, and links to the exhibition’s theme of existence.

teamLab Engyoji Temple
Photo: teamLab

Giant Solidified Spark’ is the second interactive installation where you can discover a sphere made of accumulated rays of light. While the source of the light remains motionless, the lines of light coming from it move continuously. It also reacts to touch.

You can see ‘teamLab: Existence in Perception – Engyoji Temple’ until Sunday December 3 2023 from 10am to 3.45pm daily. The entry fee is ¥500 for adults, ¥200 for high school and university students, ¥100 for elementary and middle school students, and free for children aged five years old and younger.

Additionally, teamLab will open another exhibition titled ‘teamLab: Existence in an Infinite Continuity’ at Himeji City Museum of Art from July 22 2023 to January 23 2024.

For more information, visit the website.

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