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Sauna Trance, Immerse, Reconnect

Reconnect with the World and Time

teamLab Reconnect is a new art and sauna exhibition by teamLab where visitors experience art in their finest mental state. By taking alternating hot and cold baths, visitors open their minds, experience an ever-expanding physical sensation, and become one with the art. Recognizing that the mind, body, and environment are the wholeness of our being, we reconnect to the world and time.

A New Art and Sauna Experience

Scientifically speaking, sauna trance is an exceptionally unique neurological state brought about by alternating hot and cold baths (repeated exposure to saunas, cold water, and rest). When entering a sauna trance, the senses sharpen, the mind clears, the beauty of the surrounding world comes into focus, and what normally goes unnoticed can be experienced. Visitors go even deeper by entering the sauna, experiencing a sauna trance, and becoming immersed in the art.

3SaunaCold BathingArt Submersion (rest)

Supernature Phenomenon

Several pieces will be on view at TikTok teamLab Reconnect, including a new group of works based on teamLab’s new art project, Supernature Phenomena. Supernature Phenomena is a project that focuses on occurrences that transcend the laws of nature and result in changes in perception. teamLab believes that when a person views supernature phenomena, such as the defiance of universal gravitation, this causes their perception to change, thus leading to a new cognitive experience that differs from that of everyday life.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE

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Changing Clothes / Hot Shower

Men: Change into indoor clothing in the men’s changing room. Then take a quick hot shower.

* You may take off your shirt in the Cold Bathing and Art Submersion areas.

Women: Change into a swimsuit & indoor clothing in the women’s changing room. Then take a quick hot shower.

* Women are required to wear swimsuits under their indoor clothing. You may bring your own swimsuit or rent one at the venue (JPY500).
* You may take off your indoor clothing and be in your swimsuit in the Cold Bathing and Art Submersion areas.

* Click here for clothing & rental

Taking a Sauna

5 - 10 minutes recommended.

* Do not overdo it. Adjust to your physical condition.
* Due to the regulations, please wear indoor clothing inside the sauna room.

Cold Bathing

1 - 2 minutes recommended. Let your body get used to the cold water little by little.
You may be surprised at how cold it is at first, but it will start to feel better the second time around.
Try your best for at least a minute, however, don't overdo it.

* Women can be in their swimsuits, and men can take off their shirts. You may always keep your indoor clothing on.

Art Submersion

Sit down and take a deep rest in the art space.

* Women can be in their swimsuits, and men can take off their shirts. You may always keep your indoor clothing on.

Hot Shower / Change Clothes

Men's and women's changing rooms are equipped with hot showers, powder rooms, and various amenities.

* Click here for details.

* Drink water frequently as drinking a large amount of water at once can be hard on your body.
* The experience lasts 100 minutes from entry to exit.

BACKGROUND

Sauna Trance from a Medical Perspective

What is Sauna Trance

Sauna trance refers to the pleasant and unusual sensations experienced during the process of enjoying a sauna, cold water bath, and resting immediately afterward.
Medically speaking, this is a situation where the sympathetic nervous system is dominant during the sauna and cold water bath, then the parasympathetic nervous system is dominant during the rest period. This can be attributed to the residual effects of adrenaline, noradrenaline, and endorphins released in the bloodstream during the sympathetic nervous system dominance, as well as abnormal increases in oxytocin and serotonin.

What Happens During a Sauna Trance

In order to unravel this phenomenon, the functional changes in the brains of 30 sauna-goers were analyzed before and after their sauna visit using a high-precision electroencephalography (EEG) machine called a Magnetoencephalography (MEG). As a result, an interesting phenomenon was observed. In addition to the normalization of alpha waves, which are associated with relaxation, beta waves, which are often suppressed during relaxation, were activated only in a part of the right parietal lobe. The right parietal lobe is responsible for all of the senses, including spatial and visual perception, physical sensation, and location information. This is consistent with the comments of sauna enthusiasts who related how ideas they hadn’t considered came to mind during their sauna trance, and that they became aware of sounds and smells that they would not normally notice. Furthermore, beta waves were lowered. Since beta waves are inversely proportional to the level of brain arousal, we found that after the sauna, visitors felt more aware and clear-headed.
In summary, the sauna will help you relax deeply, increase your creativity, sharpen your senses, and feel clear-headed. It can be described as a state similar to meditation.

No more than three sets of [Sauna + Cold Bath + Rest]

In experiments with the autonomic nervous system, it was found that if more than four sets are done, the once-elevated function of the autonomic nervous system declines, and some people become lightheaded. It is best to adjust gradually while being aware of your body’s responses.

Yasutaka Kato, Specially Appointed Professor of Keio University School of Medicine, Representative Director of the Japan Association of Sauna, and Author of "Sauna Textbook Taught by a Doctor".

Historical Background of Art and Sauna: Rinkan-Chanoyu

In the middle of the Muromachi Period (1336 - 1573), a type of tea ceremony in which tea was served to guests after their baths was called rinkan-chanoyu (rinkan sauna and tea ceremony). Much like with shoin-cha (decorative tea time), paintings, incense burners, vases, and hanging scrolls were displayed in the bathing rooms, and it is said that many spectators came to watch toucha (tea-tasting games) after bathing.
Rinkan-chanoyu was a widely-practiced basara (eccentric hobby) in Japan, particularly at the Kofukuji Temple in Nara.

In those days, a bath was a steam bath, or what we would today call a sauna, in which water is poured over heated sauna stones. People in Japan have long enjoyed the acts of viewing art in a sauna and drinking tea as a cultural pastime.

The term basara refers to the social and cultural trends in the middle ages in Japan, mainly during the early Muromachi Period (the Nanboku-cho Period). It was an aesthetic of meritocracy, one that disregarded the status quo, belittled, ridiculed, and rebelled against the authority of those noble in name alone, and instead favored extravagance, flamboyant behavior, and chic clothing. This culture was also the seed of the later revolutions in the Warring States Period.

It is said that Murata Juko (1422 - 1502), the teacher’s teacher of Sen no Rikyu (1522 - 1591) and the inventor of wabi-cha (tea ceremony), was also enamored with rinkan-chanoyu when he was young. He later studied under the Japanese monk Sosun Ikkyu at Daitokuji Temple, reached a state of chazenichimi (the realization that tea ceremony and Zen are one), and created wabi-cha. Then, the brothers Furuichi Choei and Furuichi Choin, who were main figures of rinkan-chanoyu, became disciples of Murata Juko, and rinkan-chanoyu became wabi-cha.

WHAT'S INSIDE

Sauna

There are five unisex saunas, and two women-only saunas. Each of the seven saunas has a different combination of temperature and humidity, ranging from low temperature with high humidity to high temperature with low humidity, making it easy for even beginners to enter the sauna. Each sauna also offers different scents such as birch, pine, zelkova, and bancha, as well as different sounds and music such as bonfire, cave river, suikinkutsu (water koto cave), forest wind, and fire. The bancha is specially blended and roasted for sauna by EN TEA in Ureshino, Kyushu.

Cold Bath

The Cold Bath is equipped with cold water showers whose temperature is maintained at a constant level by a chiller. Shower heads, each 30cm in diameter, are installed in two locations: overhead and at the shoulder, allowing you to take a large amount of cold shower from above or from the shoulder if you don't want to get your hair wet. There are two Cold Bathing areas, where teamLab transforms each space into artwork using water, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in art.

Art Submersion (Rest)

There are three Art Submersion areas, where visitors can take a rest in art after taking alternating hot and cold baths.

Rendezvous

This exhibition can be experienced by men and women together, except for the changing rooms. After leaving the men's / women's changing rooms, meet at the rendezvous.

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Hot Shower

There are hot shower booths in the men's / women's changing rooms. Shampoo, conditioner, body soap, and facial cleanser (for women only) are available for free.

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Changing Rooms / Powder Rooms

The powder rooms in the men's / women's changing rooms come with lotion, emulsion, combs, and hair dryers.

VISIT US

Admission

Men and women can experience this exhibition together.

For safety reasons, children between the ages of 0-11 are not allowed to enter.

Visitors between the ages of 12-17 may enter with a parent or guardian over the age of 20.

People who are intoxicated, have skin diseases, or are at risk of contracting other contagious diseases are not allowed to enter.

Visitors with tattoos are also welcome. However, persons related to organized crime groups or antisocial organizations are not allowed to enter.

Clothing and Rental

・We provide everything you need for the experience, so you can come empty-handed.

・Free rental of indoor clothing in different sizes, bath towels, face towels, waterproof cases for smartphones, and free masks are provided upon entry.

・Women are required to wear swimsuits under their indoor clothing. You may bring your own swimsuit or rent one at the venue (JPY500). * We do not accept cash at the venue.

・Men can use their indoor clothing as swimsuits.

Indoor Clothing

Rental Swimwear for Women

Amenities

Shampoo & conditioner, body soap, facial cleanser, lotion, emulsion, comb, hair dryer are included in the admission fee.

Tickets

・Entry to the exhibition is by advance timed ticket only. ・Please arrive at the venue at the date and time indicated on your ticket. ・The experience lasts 100 minutes from entry to exit. ・Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be cancelled.

Venue Details

Title

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

Term

March - August, 2021

Directions

Address

5-10-25 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo Address in local language: チームラボリコネクト 東京都港区六本木5丁目10-25

By Train

5-minute walk from Roppongi Station on the Hibiya Subway Line

5-minute walk from Roppongi Station on the Toei Oedo Line

10-minute walk from Azabu-Juban Station on the Toei Oedo Line

By Bus

Get off at: Roppongi Keyakizaka

Toei Bus RH01

Minato City Community Bus Chii Bus Tamachi Route

Minato City Community Bus Chii Bus Akasaka Route

Minato City Community Bus Chii Bus Azabu East Route

Minato City Community Bus Chii Bus Azabu West Route

Minato City Community Bus Chii Bus Aoyama Route


Get off at: Torii-zaka-shita

Minato City Community Bus Chii Bus Azabu East Route

Minato City Community Bus Chii Bus Azabu West Route

By Car

No parking available at the venue. Please use the nearby parking.

FAQ

Do you actually go into a sauna in this exhibition?

Yes. This exhibition gives you the chance to go into a sauna, enter a sauna trance, then experience art. Scientifically speaking, sauna trance is an exceptionally unique neurological state brought about by alternating hot and cold baths (repeated exposure to saunas, cold water, and rest). When entering a sauna trance, the senses sharpen, the mind clears, the beauty of the surrounding world comes into focus, and what normally goes unnoticed can be experienced.

Is there anything I need to bring?

You may come empty-handed, or bring your own swimsuit. Free rental of indoor clothing, bath towels, face towels, waterproof cases for smartphones, and free masks are provided upon entry. Men may use their indoor clothing as swimwear. For women, swimsuit rental (JPY500) is available at the venue. Amenities (shampoo & conditioner, body soap, facial cleanser, lotion, emulsion, comb, hair dryer) are included in the admission fee.

Do men and women stay separately in the building?

With the exception of the changing rooms, men and women can experience this exhibition together.

Is a reservation necessary?

Entry to the exhibition is by advance timed ticket only. Please be sure to reserve your ticket before you visit.

There is a designated time to enter the exhibition. Do I have to leave before the next time slot?

The experience lasts 100 minutes from entry to exit.

Caution

Entrance Precautions

・Please arrive at the entrance of the venue at the entry time indicated on the ticket and queue in the entry line. ・You may be asked to wait outside before entering the exhibition when it is crowded. Please be prepared for weather conditions depending on the season. ・Please make sure that a representative of a group stays behind when you leave the waiting line. ・Please be aware that you may not be able to enter the exhibition at the time indicated on your ticket. Please allow plenty of time in your schedule for your visit. ・Artworks are subject to change. Some of the artworks may not be available due to congestion or maintenance. ・Re-admittance is prohibited. ・The following items are not allowed to be brought into the museum. Large items that cannot fit in the locker (W41cm x D51cm x H83cm) *Luggage storage is not available at the venue. Hazardous materials, food or substances with a bad odour, etc. Other dangerous items or items deemed inappropriate by the management. ・For safety reasons, wheelchairs and baby strollers are not allowed in the exhibition. ・Animals, including guide dogs, are not allowed in the exhibition. ・No one with a skin disease, dialysis, or other medical condition that prohibits them from bathing, and no one who is drunk or behaves in an aggressive manner are allowed to enter. ・Persons related to organized crime groups or antisocial organizations are not allowed to enter. ・ID may be requested on entrance. *Accepted verification of ID: Driver's license, health insurance card, student ID, passport, etc., that verify your name and age.

Exhibition Precautions

・The experience lasts 100 minutes from entry to exit. ・Free rental of indoor clothing, bath towels, face towels, waterproof cases for smartphones, and free masks are provided upon entry. ・Please take off your shoes at the entrance of the venue. Please put your shoes in a bag and store them in a locker. ・In the sauna room, you are required to wear indoor clothing over your swimsuit. *You may take off your indoor clothing outside the sauna. Women are required to wear swimsuits. Men can use their indoor clothing as swimsuits. ・Cell phones and cameras are not allowed in the sauna. Please store them in the mini locker in front of the sauna. ・You may take photos and videos in all areas except the changing rooms and sauna. However, please be careful not to disturb other guests. ・Flash, lighting, monopods, tripods, and selfie sticks are not allowed. ・There are artworks that use water in the exhibition. We are not responsible for any damage caused by cell phones or cameras falling or getting wet. ・Please wear a mask except in the sauna, cold showers, and hot showers. ・Please refrain from talking to prevent a possible droplet infection. ・It is dark inside the exhibition and the floor is mirrored in some places, making it slippery. Please be careful. ・Some areas are dark, use strong lighting, or loud sounds inside the exhibition. Please be careful if any of the following applies to you: Those who have experienced muscle cramps or loss of consciousness due to light stimulation. Those who have an extreme fear of closed, dark, or high places. ・ For your safety reasons, please do not touch projectors, sensors, lights, or other equipment. ・ There are free lockers (W41cm x D51cm x H83cm) in the changing rooms for you to store your belongings. *Items larger than the above size is not allowed in the museum. ・We do not accept cash at the venue. Please make non-cash payment for women’s swimsuit rental (JPY500) as well. ・If you lose your locker key, indoor clothing, towel, or other rental items, you will be charged the actual cost. ・Please return all rental items to the designated return box. ・Food and drink, including candy and gum, are not allowed inside except for the water server installed inside the exhibition. ・Smoking is prohibited. ・Please refrain from using the sauna if you have high blood pressure, a weak heart, or are pregnant. ・When the exhibition is crowded, you may be asked to leave if you are staying for a long period of time. ・Please follow our instructions. If you do not follow the instructions, you may be asked to leave, and no refunds will be given in such cases.

Other Precautions

・The organizer, sponsors, and other parties involved in this exhibition will not be held responsible for any death, injury, or other accident, or for any loss, damage, or other trouble that may result from participation in this event. ・The exhibition reserves the right to suspend or terminate operations at any time for reasons beyond its control. ・The exhibition does not guarantee travel expenses for visiting the exhibition, even in the event that the exhibition is closed. ・Please take care of your valuables at your own risk. The organizer will not be held responsible for any theft or loss of valuables. ・Please note that we may hold a press interview and shoot without notice. If you do not agree with the photography regardless of the shooting purpose, please speak to the staff. ・Please refrain from taking unnecessary photographs. Staff may speak to you and check the images.) ・Photography or interviews for commercial purposes is prohibited without prior consent. ・Please do not bring in household garbage.

ARTIST

teamlab

teamLab

teamLab (f. 2001) is an international art collective, an interdisciplinary group of various specialists such as artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians and architects whose collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, science, technology, and the natural world. teamLab aims to explore the relationship between the self and the world and new perceptions through art. In order to understand the world around them, people separate it into independent entities with perceived boundaries between them. teamLab seeks to transcend these boundaries in our perception of the world, of the relationship between the self and the world, and of the continuity of time. Everything exists in a long, fragile yet miraculous, borderless continuity of life. teamLab’s works are in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; Asia Society Museum, New York; Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; and Amos Rex, Helsinki.

Organizers

teamLab Reconnect Operation Committee