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Mori Mariko

NFT/Eternal Mass,2022

Since I conceived Eternal Mass in 2014, it has been my dream to bring it to life.
I am pleased to realize this vision virtually utilizing the new medium, NFT, on a digital platform.

Eternal Mass was first inspired by quantum physics which theorizes that for each particle there exists an antiparticle of the same mass with an opposite charge. I imagined a visualization of the six “unseen” spatial dimensions of superstring theory and completed a 3D model of the sculpture based on the form of a Calabi-Yau Manifold.

For the past several years, my work entered a new phase as I was drawn to the creation myth recorded in the eighth-century Kojiki (An Account of Ancient Matters). In this project, I focused on the account that the five generations of the first seven generations of terrestrial deities emerged as a pair. I aspired to create a metaphorical parallel between the symmetry principle of quantum physics and the pairing of the opposite genders in the ancient mythology.

Most life in this world is brought to light by coupling. Bonding to form a pair is sacred, pure, and transcendent. It is a way and a key for any life to continue for generations. In Kojiki, the first series of solitary celestial deities hid in another “unseen“ dimension immediately after their emergence. The myth implies that our bodies cannot remain forever in this world, but our souls will never perish. In the Neolithic period, our remote ancestors understood the rebirth by observing the cycle of nature and developed beliefs in the transmogrification of the soul. In Buddhist philosophy, the circle of reincarnation, posited as “no birth, no death, no being, no non-being“ led to the faith in the eternity of soul.

I have visualized the souls that exist in the “unseen“ dimension in the form of individual pearlescent spheres to construct Eternal Mass. I hope these “eternal souls“ connect with many people who are linked through a digital network.

There are multiple choices for us to live today. Our fate may be to tie, give love to each other, and nurture a new life.I hope you will celebrate together the coupling of Eternal Mass, virtual lifeforms, via NFT and share the sacred moment.

Mariko Mori

※ NFT (Non-Fungible Token) is a technology built on the non-fungible Blockchain technology to create unique and unreplaceable assets, unlike digital data that is easy to copy, which demands a new kind of market for trade. Modern society that has embraced “universal values” such as freedom, human rights, and democracy, inspires limitless human desire which drives capitalism that is now globalized and leads to relentless competitions among nations to protect their interests. How can we utilize NFT and create a new media art based on it? This is an important question that will likely determine the future of our society.

Takayo Iida

Project Team

Project Member Mariko Mori Studio, Inc / TART K.K. / Startbahn, Inc. / SCAI THE BATHHOUSE / ART BASE PROJECT / ARSPHERE / SUPER FACTORY, Inc / Giallobarone

Stuart Huggan, Laura Micalizzi, Mina Lee / Takayo Iida / Mari Asada / Masami Shiraishi, Ryoko Kijima, Yusuke Fujita / Yo Ishigami and Ken Ishigami / Alberto Barone, Marilena Pasini, Lorenzo Bernini

Photo by Davis Sims

Mariko Mori

Mariko Mori is an internationally acclaimed artist. Her practice explores universal questions at the intersection of life, death, reality, and technology. Her work has been acquired by museums and private collectors worldwide. Mori gained international 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 with Public Art Fund, in Genoa, Italy, and was included in the 2005 Venice Biennale. It was also featured in Oneness, a survey of Mori’s work that opened at the Groninger Museum, Netherlands, then traveled to the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, in Aarhus, Denmark and the PinchukArtCentre, in Kyiv, Ukraine. Oneness was also exhibited at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, in Brasília, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo in 2011 topping as the most visited contemporary art exhibition in the world that year. Highlighting her artistic and intellectual practice of combining science, technology, and nature, Mori established Faou Foundation whose projects represent her most ambitious work to date and promote an “Ethos of Oneness.” Mori draws inspiration from the ways in which every civilization has honored nature and the unity of mankind through artistic form.

Mori has received various awards, including the prestigious Menzione d’onore at the 47th Venice Biennale in 1997 for her work “Nirvana” and the 8th Annual Award as a promising Artist and Scholar in the Field of Contemporary Japanese Art in 2001 from Japan Cultural Arts Foundation. Mori’s solo exhibitions have been exhibited throughout the world, including Royal Academy of Arts, in London, Japan Society, New York, Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Serpentine Gallery, London; The Dallas Museum of Art, Texas. Several renowned museums have presented Mori’s solo exhibitions, as well as acquired Mori’s works in their collections, including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Fondazione Prada, Milan; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; The PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine; The ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark. The Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York have Mori’s works in their collections.


2022.11.8 Exhibiting NFT/Eternal Mass at ACK (Art Collaboration Kyoto)

© Mariko Mori