Mariko Mori, Japan

Mariko Mori portrait


Mariko Mori’s practice explores universal questions at the intersection of life, death, reality and technology. The juxtaposition of Eastern mythology with Western culture is a common theme in Mori’s works, shown through layering photography and digital imaging, such as in her 1995 installation Birth of a Star. Later works, such as Nirvana show her as a goddess, transcending her early roles via technology and image, and abandoning realistic urban scenes for more alien landscapes. Worldwidely, Mori gained recognition for her interactive installation, Wave UFO, which debuted at Kunsthaus Bregenz, in Bregenz (Austria) in 2003. The installation was subsequently shown in New York (USA) with Public Art Fund, Genoa (Italy), and was included in the 2005 Venice Biennale (Italy).

With Public Delivery Video festival Fairy Tales, 2015

Fairy Tales - Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art

Fairy Tales was a video art festival at the Plaza of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan.

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3min 40sec
Courtesy of SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo and Sean Kelly, New York

Exhibited: Ālaya, 2013

The video consists of the digital Cibachrome prints that portray Mariko Mori’s representation of alaya consciousness. Highly influenced by buddhism, she uses the marriage of technology and art to highlight our world and our relationship to nature. “I think that not only science and art, but all the different disciplines that exist in the world can be really bonded; if we have more dialogue we will be able to share some ideas. At this moment I think that’s a very important thing to do, because somehow in the past when everything was so divided we didn’t have much conversation between these different disciplines. But there’s so much in common, and it’s so stimulating for each other. The more we collaborate and have a dialogue, the more we can see the bigger picture rather than have a limited perception.

From the blog

  • Your thoughts come to life in Mariko Mori's UFO

    Mariko Mori - Wave Ufo, 2005
    Mariko Mori – Wave UFO, 1999-2002
    Brainwave interface, vision dome, projector, computer system, fiberglass
    207 x 446 x 194 inches (528 x 113.4 x 493 cm)
    Edition of 2 with 1 AP

    How many times do art and science come together? In Mariko Mori’s Wave UFO art and science have come together in a creation that is just fascinating. This artwork uses neuroscience, computer graphics, architectural engineering, and sound to create an interactive experience where viewers can see their thoughts come to life in color and shape.

    Wave UFO will take three viewers at a time. Each viewer gets electrodes attached to the head just like an EEG machine. The brainwaves of the viewers are transmitted and projected on to a screen. This will show six orbs, for two of each viewer’s left and right brain hemispheres. A waving line shows the facial movements for the viewer.

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  • Mariko Mori speaks w/ Public Delivery: Art can unite humanity

    Mariko Mori spoke with us about her work Ālaya, 2013.

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