Published on February 13, 2013 | by Teral Atlilan

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In a galaxy, not so far away

Moriko Mori’s work will be displayed at The Royal Academy of Arts Museum [Image: Geraint Lewis]

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The Royal Academy of Arts Museum is hosting the work of Moriko Mori, a former student of Chelsea College of Art and Design.

The show is an eleven year retrospective called Rebirth and is Mori’s first major museum exhibition in London for over 14 years.

It starts and ends with the death and birth of a star, pointing to an important theme of the show – the cycle of life and rebirth.

The use of different rooms helps Mori explore these cycles, as well as the use of different mediums such as sound, video, drawings, sculptures, shrines and lighting.

Peaceful atmosphere

Mori uses these mediums to her advantage and the museum has a very peaceful atmosphere as soon as you walk up the stairs.

The use of lighting is mesmerizing and you can’t help but stop and stare at the motions, movements, and the reflection each light creates.

Since her first exhibitions in the mid-1990s, Mori’s practice has been rooted in both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture between East and West.

Her works juxtapose contrasting aesthetic languages that have ranged from traditional tea ceremonies to Manga and cyber culture, fusing Shintoism and Buddhism with the hard planes of science and technology.

The exhibition is a series of rooms which invite you in and blow your mind.

These interests are expressed through emerging technologies and digital media, which the artist embraces as tools to be harnessed in order to reconnect with our environment.

The Transcircle – which looks like a modern day Stonehenge – presents a series of nine totemic objects arranged in a circle to resemble an ancient structure.

This symbolises the solar system’s planetary movements, with each colour representing a different planet. These stones alternately change colour, lighting up and then dying down, reinforcing the birth and death of a star.

The way the light slowly changes depends on the position of the planets in the course of one year. Their colours alter at different speeds in reflection of the time different planets take to orbit the sun. There is also a bench for visitors to sit and gaze at different pastel colours.

The exhibition is a series of rooms which invite you in and blow your mind. The beautiful colours, which we associate with the solar system, draw the attention of the old down to the young.

The exhibition will run until February 17.

Royal Academy of Art, Burlington Gardens site, 6 Burlington Gardens
, London, W1S 3ET

 

 

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