TeamLab and TikTok’s immersive sauna exhibition in Tokyo

teamLab & TikTok, teamLab Reconnect: Art with Rinkan Sauna Roppongi

Staff members walk past “Ephemeral Solidified Light,” one of the installations at teamLab and TikTok’s “Reconnect: Art with Rinkan Sauna” in Tokyo. | AFP-JIJI

It’s the hottest new exhibition in town: an immersive digital art experience filled with futuristic light installations that doubles up as a sauna complex.

The sweaty but spectacular art show in Tokyo, which opened Monday, allows visitors to “experience art in their finest mental state.”

People must wear swimsuits but can put indoor clothing on top to enter the exhibition, which contains seven saunas of various temperatures lit up atmospherically in bold colors from magenta to deep green.

After a few minutes relaxing in the heat — followed by a cold shower to pique the senses — they can wander through different rooms to marvel at the artworks in a “sauna trance.”

Exhibits include fluttering butterfly illuminations, “solidified light crystals,” and a large red sphere that radiates through the darkness.

Some of the viewing spaces also feature streams of cold water or cooling mist to create a physical, as well as an atmospheric, impression.

The sauna and art experience has been put together by teamLab in collaboration with TikTok. | AFP-JIJI

The temporary space, called “Reconnect: Art with Rinkan Sauna,” is the latest offering from the Japanese art collective teamLab, which collaborated with video app TikTok on the project.

Internationally renowned for their innovative digital art, teamLab’s work combines projections, sound and carefully designed spaces to create otherworldly experiences.

“By taking alternating hot and cold baths, visitors open their minds, experience an ever-expanding physical sensation and become one with the art,” the group said.

But an instruction sheet provided at a preview event acknowledged that for some visitors, it could all get too much — warning them not to “overdo it” in the sauna rooms and to make sure to drink water frequently.

Increasing the sweat factor, visitors are also required to wear a mask inside the exhibition, which will run until Aug. 31.

At the new teamLab and TikTok exhibition, visitors can enjoy the steam of a sauna, before enjoying the art in a “sauna trance.” | AFP-JIJI

5-10-25 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Mar 22 – Aug 31, 2021

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