Mariko Mori creates multimedia work that conceives of art, technology, and Buddhist spirituality as interconnected, unifying forces. In the 1990s she turned to fashion and science fiction as pop-cultural models to produce unsettling, high-gloss dreamscapes.
Staged in Osaka’s Kansai International Airport, the video Miko No Inori (The Shaman-Girl’s Prayer) presents a calming but otherworldly vision. Mori stars as an extraterrestrial character: outfitted in a white, iridescent costume and wearing reflective, icy-blue contact lenses, she turns a crystal ball as if conjuring the future or caressing the object of her affection. A recording of the artist singing a haunting Japanese song (“The word is melting; the word is melting, becoming one”) plays in the background.
In this work, Mori is not only an extraterrestrial, but also a shaman—a person who acts as an intermediary between the earthly and spiritual realms.
Mariko Mori. Still from Miko No Inori, 1996. Gift of Donna and Howard Stone.
3 hours 10 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago THURSDAY at 6:00—Join us for a tour of works in our collection presented in American Sign Language with voice interpretation.
23 hours 58 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Humanism + Dynamite = The Soviet Photomontages of Aleksandr Zhitomirsky
The first exhibition in the post-Soviet world devoted to leading political artist Aleksandr Zhitomirsky offers a captivating portrayal of a satirist and loyal citizen who inventively furthered his country’s official causes across a tumultuous half-century.
1 day 1 hour ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Icelandic artist/musician Ragnar Kjartansson’s intensely durational works often manifest a rare synthesis of pathos and humor.
A Lot of Sorrow is both a music video and extended concert film, in which The National performs its ballad “Sorrow” on repeat for six hours. See the song take on new layers of meaning as the hours pass and fatigue sets in.
Closing October 16—http://bit.ly/2du3GXh