Art in Second Life 2021 (73) The Borderless Project – Part IV (final): Akiko Kinoshi’s garden and Japanese village / Mitsuko Kytori’s art park

Friday, July 9th, I got a private message from Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori). She told me about “The Borderless Project” that she and others had put together. And she sent me a notecard about it together with a landmark.

The Borderless Project is a multi-level, interactive digital art exhibition wherein we play with light: reflections, structures, movement, creation and evolution. With sounds and music to match the emotions brought to life by the multi-talented team of artists and scripters. The Borderless Project derives much of its inspiration from teamLAB founded in Japan in 2001 by Toshiyuki Inoko, and now a series of multinational installations throughout the world. For more on teamLab please visit:

The Borderless Project, in Second Life, explores what we can do within this world where gravity is unimportant, physics is negotiable, and magic is possible! The Borderless Team of Magicians are: Betty Tureaud, Gem Preiz, Delain Canucci, Djehuti-Anpu (Thoth Jantzen), Mitsuko Kytori, Blaise Timtam and Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori).

I went there on Saturday, July 10th, and I was overwhelmed by the many different installations. Each of them would easily be enough and worth an extra visit and a seperate blog entry!

The provided landmark leads you to the installation of Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori). You land in a circle with 8 boards. Each of the 8 boards brings you to another level and another installation. It is recommended to accept experiences – then just walking into one of the boards will teleport you. In addition in some of the installations you get teleported at destinct spots. For all installations of “The Borderless Project” you are asked to use Shared Environment, Advanced lighting model, High to Ultra Graphics, particles set to maximum (8192) and to activate the Media button and switch it on and off frequently. Turn on in-sim music. If you aren’t familiar with that, there are instructions at the entrances of some of the installations.
At each installation you land in exact the same circle of boards, from there you can continue your visit to the next installation.

I split my report into several parts so that I can publish a bit more pictures and give the artists some room.

The Borderless Project – Part I: Delain Canucci’s scenes 
The Borderless Project – Part II: Gem Preiz’ installations
The Borderless Project – Part III: Betty Tureaud’s cubes and Djehuti-Anpu’s installation
The Borderless Project – Part IV (final): Akiko Kinoshi’s garden and Japanese village / Mitsuko Kytori’s art park (this post)

Landmark to Borderless

The Borderless Project – Part IV (final): Akiko Kinoshi’s garden and Japanese village / Mitsuko Kytori’s art park

Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori) is in Second Life since 2017. I came across her as she provides space for the art, and quite a lot of space! Akiko is the owner of the ‘Akipelago’ chain of Sims: Akijima, Akiniwa, Akimori and Akimitsu, which hosts The Borderless Project. I have never seen anything from her before. But now I did.

The Borderless Project – Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori)’s garden

There are 2 boards leading to installations of Akiko. The first one is the main landmark that I provided with the series of posts. It is a garden, a particular garden. What makes it particular is the light and some art objects. When you roam through the garden, the light is changing and dives it into different colours. The leaves begin to literally glow and you get quite outstanding views. Also the art objects do look different when coloured in a different way.

The Borderless Project – Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori)’s garden

After parts 1 to 3 of this series had been published, Akiko sent me a message: “One thing I would mention about the gardens… we tried to replicate ‘Resonating Trees / Resonating Spheres – Forest of Tadasu at Shimogamo Shrine Light Festival August 2016’ in Second Life to the best of our ability“. Akiko added the link to a 2 minute youtube video about this Light Festival which I want to share here. It’s worth watching it – and it will make your visit in Second Life at the Borderless Project even more spectacular.

Furtheron Akiko gave me more background information:
Mitsuko made the trees and Sculptures, I arranged them, then Gem and I did the lighting so it would seem to change as you walked… and in some places you trigger the lights by stepping on them.
I have been a fan of teamLab for many years, and I have seen their work in Japan in RL long before Covid which is absolutely amazing! And then one day, I wanted to bring something like that in here for everyone who was essentially stuck at home and had a lot of time on their hands. So it all kind of evolved here in SL, but only because of the team of artists and their interpretations, scripting, and the advent of EEP which we use extensively on the Beach level when you walk through zones, or take the raft trip, and then the skies change. Or they can change the Sky with the control panels… we try to make it fun. But I am no artist, I just rearrange the shrubberies and sweep up, the artists are the ones who deserve all the praise.

The 2nd installation of Akiko is a Japanese village. I didn’t notice any light effects. I just roamed through the village and enjoyed the views. There is a walkway with arches of flowers and when you walk along you get teleported into an other Japanese area. I’ve never been to Japan or Asia in RL and hence I lack a bit understanding the culture. What I can say is that I like the background and I liked exploring the Japanese village.

The Borderless Project – Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori)’s Japanese village

The Borderless Project – Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori)’s Japanese village

Mitsuko Kytori’s installation at The Borderless Project is an island with some solitaire flowers and art objects. At the first glance not that spectacular, but on the 2nd glance it is. There is a desk with 3 boards where you can change the environment settings. You could do that anytime with your viewer, but Mitsuko specifically invites you to do it and I of course played around with the environment settings. And doing so I got some very nice pictures. It is amazing how the environment settings change the view. The title of her installation could be: Mitsuko Kytori’s environment.

The Borderless Project – Mitsuko Kytori’s environment

Mitsuko Kytori is in Second life since 2009. She is the Hayabusa Design CEO. I have quite a lot of Hayabusa plants on our sim and hence Mitsuko is kind of a permanent guest at my home. I added the links that she provides in her profile to this post.

The Borderless Project – Mitsuko Kytori’s environment

This post ends the little series about The Borderless Project. One name listed in the introduction is missing – Blaise Timtam. I asked Akiko Kinoshi and she explained it: “Blaise is the master scripter of all the Experiences: Teleports, EEP Environment Changes, raft, balloon tours etc etc.

Thank you Akiko for your kind invitation to see The Borderless Project. It was an unexpected art simploring for me and that I spend way more time exploring it and writing about it might tell how overwhelmed I was seeing all the artful work. Thank you for your own installation and for providing the space for the art. I enjoyed my visit a lot and I hope that The Borderless Project attracts a lot of attention and visitors. It’s worth it!

Landmark to Borderless
Hayabusa links:
Resonating Trees / Resonating Spheres – Forest of Tadasu at Shimogamo Shrine Light Festival August 2016

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Violet Boa PR
    Aug 11, 2021 @ 11:11:12

    Dear Diomita,
    Your thoughtfulness is a gift we will always treasure. You are the best. Thanks a lot of whole team of Borderless Project!
    Best regards,

    Violet Boa
    Akipelago Islands PR


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