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PHOTO: TIKTOK TEAMLAB RECONNECT, ROPPONGI, TOKYO ©TEAMLAB

The mesmerising artworks are enhanced by a meditative state called a ‘sauna trance’ which is brought on by contrasting hot and cold bathing experiences

Art and sauna bathing collide at mesmerising Tokyo art exhibition Global art collective teamLab has combined art and sauna to offer an immersive exhibition called teamLab & TikTok, teamLab Reconnect: Art with Rinkan Sauna Roppongi. The dynamic and interactive sensory exhibition in Tokyo invites guests to view mesmerising artworks while in a meditative state called a ‘sauna trance’, brought on by contrasting bathing cycles. According to Yasutaka Kato, professor of Keio University School of Medicine and representative director of the Japan Association of Sauna, sauna trance is a unique neurological state caused by the transition of dominance from the sympathetic nervous

Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan 100 minutes Tickets start at JPY4,800 (US$44, €37, £32)

system (SNS) to the parasympathetic nervous system. This change results in an invigorating trance state where people feel the effects of adrenaline, noradrenaline and endorphins released in the bloodstream, as well as increases in oxytocin and serotonin. The collective wants visitors to give in to this state and let themselves relax and expand their sensory awareness to experience artwork in a deeply immersive way. Sauna trance “sharpens the senses, clears the mind

PHOTO: TIKTOK TEAMLAB RECONNECT, ROPPONGI, TOKYO ©TEAMLAB

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