Mariko Mori – “Wave UFO” (1992-2002)

In “Mariko Mori’s Utopian Xenofemism”, feminist theories by Laboria Cuboniks, Donna Harraway’s Cyborg Manifesto, and Japanese writers Junichiro Tanizaki and Okurakura are presented in a discussion of technology and its effect on our current state of vertigo – our “sensation of uncertainty”. Utopia, as a concept, may be a solution for the inherent desire of humanity to connect to technology; we must embrace otherness, aliens, queers, immigrants, different cultures, and the marginalized communities of our world to pursue such a solution. As it appears more and more important that a state of alienation is conducive to high levels of creativity, we are increasingly prompted to defy our current social, cultural, political, and economic conventions.

“The Utopian Possibilities” explores philosophical claims of Theodor Adorno, Ersnt Bloch and Elizabeth Grosz’s Embodied Utopias. As an artist, Mori examines burgeoning technology with the aim of imagining its connection to natural phenomena. What is the difference between Utopia and science fiction? Is there a connection between nature and humanity? Is it only banal to seek to materialize Utopia? Can artistic Utopias inspire a sense of hope in humanity? What do our technological inventions say about our time?

Future and the Arts: Robotics, AI, Cities, How Humanity Will Live Tomorrow was an exhibition which took place in the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo in 2020. A collaboration with several sizeable organisationsm, and hundreds of national and international artists, the exhibition questioned the state of our world twenty years into the future. This final essay will juxtapose various instances of philosophical defiance of
“biopolitics”, from Foucault, Deleuze, Baudrillard, Steyerl, and Galloway, among others. Considering the Anthropocene, the meta-stable exhibition presented and questioned our hegemonic systems of control, from medicine to architecture, artificial intelligence and everyday robots, to surveillance and lifestyle design. It appears that the further technology advances, to an extent, the greater humanity – the body – undergoes surveillance and control.

“Mariko Mori’s Utopian Xenofeminism”

“The Utopian Possibilities”

“Biopolitics in Future and the Arts: AI, Robotic Cities, Life – How Humanity Will Live Tomorrow, 2019-2020