Mariko Mori, a bland rebirth

For the first exhibition held in its new space for art and architecture (Burlington Gardens), the Royal Academy is presenting the work of New York-based Japanese artist Mariko Mori. The exhibition is named ‘Rebirth‘ as her works follows the lifecycle of a star, blending astronomy and technology in the show.

It starts with a glass monolith, Tom Na H-iu II, which changes colours as the LED lights are linked to a Japanese cosmic observatory that monitors the electronic particles of a star exploding. In White Hole, the visitor is hypnotised by a blue LED glow symbolising the rebirth of a star.

Mariko Mori’s ideas are interesting but beyond visual attractiveness and some inventiveness, there isn’t that much there. Nice to look at, like the artist herself who was a former model. Until February 17.

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