|Entry way for the special exhibit|
The next room had several moving art pictures. One side had a few frames with pictures inside that moved, a separate idea from the next.
The other side of the wall had 12 frames that made up one long idea. teamLab based the 12 film stories on themes of: civilization and nature, collision, circulation, symbiosis. It is a set of moving art all along the wall, with each picture flowing seamlessly into the next.
Next up, along the back wall was a jungle scene. In this digital picture teamLab used 2D animation in a 3D space to create space distortion. In the short video below (I had a longer one but our internet got mad at me for trying to load such a big file) you can see the pixels changing in the picture.
The next room is teamLab's Future Park. This is where they give an environment for children to run freely and become a part of the art, to put their hands on it, to create it, and to watch it.
On the wall just as you enter the room was a huge graphic where kanji were floating down the wall. The boys skipped right over this one, but it caught Mackenzie's eye. As you touched the falling kanji (actually a more ancient form of current kanji) it would transform into what it actually means. There was fire, an elephant, a horse, birds, water, sun...so many things. You can see her create an elephant and then a fire. The elephant then tries to walk toward the fire, but turns around so it doesn't get burned. Then, she creates a fox that runs off. After that is a fire and a rising sun. The last one was water, but she didn't get it before it moved behind the fire.
One section had a table that looked like it had grass, train tracks, and roads. There were blocks on the table that the kids could move around on the roads.
At the next table, a round table, the kids could capture little people, use water to put out fires, and coax shapes to the center to explode into fireworks.
From here we made our way to a group of tables with coloring pictures and special crayons to use. The kids each picked an undersea creature and colored it. When they were finished they took the picture to a lady in the corner who scanned it and then pointed to the huge scene on the wall...
That's Garytt's brown squid
Here is Boy's truck...it gets kidnapped by the golden UFO
When we finished with this section we walked out and accidentally found the 3D room the attendant told me about earlier. So, we gave her the kids's flat drawings, she scanned them into the printer and a few seconds later we got this...
(I realized I didn't have a 'before' shot of Mackenzie's after I cut most of it out.) That night I cut them out and this is what we had:
Okay, so after we finished with the special exhibit we went up to the cafeteria and had lunch. When we finished lunch we made our way to the permanent exhibit, the science and innovation part of the museum. WAY above the kids heads. They played with a few knobs and buttons but weren't too interested. And, I must say, the androids kind of freaked me out, so I wasn't too upset about skipping several parts of this section. If you have kids in middle/high school then this would be a great area to learn about droids, robotic arms, internet, etc. There was even an interactive section we tried with the kids, but we couldn't get it to work. I think that's because it tracks you through the exhibit. You scan your entrance ticket into a machine and when it opens the door for you to enter a bubble forms around your feet with an arrow pointing the direction to move. I think it takes you station to station. One of the stations grew arms on the floor that tried to grab me! I didn't want my kids to run in alone, so we all three went in at once and I think that messed up the computer's brain. So, it was chaos for the three of us. We only spent a few minutes in here before moving on.
There was a small section for younger kids to play with robotics. One area had a 3D viewer where the kids could turn a projected image. They were supposed to move their heads left, right, up and down to see how the hologram changed. Then, they tried to "grab" the picture...that was pretty neat! They all squealed at that one!
Outside this area was the wall to the right. It has those secret circles where you stick your hand blindly into the space and try to figure out what's in it. The first few were easy, baby dolls and things like that. Garytt stuck his hand in the last hole and quick as lightning, yanked his arm out with a "aaaghgugh" sound. LOL Turns out there was a skeleton hand in that one. It scared him pretty good!