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The 5th Yebisu International Festival for Arts & Alternative Visions
Regional Alliance Program

Yuko MOHRI Solo Exhibition, OROCHI
1/19 (Sat.) - 2/24 (Sun.), 2013
Opening Reception: 1/19 (Sat.) 6:00pm-9:00pm

*Open on Friday through Sunday 1-7pm and Monday 5-11pm
*The exhibition will open at 1pm before the opening salon on Saturday, 1/19. The artists will attend the opening at 6-9pm.


installation view

Tokyo, Japan - waitingroom is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Yuko MOHRI, “OROCHI“, through 19th of January to February 24th, 2013. It is her second solo show at our gallery and is also a part of Regional Alliance Program for "The 5th Yebisu International Festival for Arts & Alternative Visions" organized by Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.

About the Artist
MOHRI was born in Kanagawa prefecture in 1980. After she graduated from Tama Art University interaction design course, she finished her studies in intermedia art at Tokyo University of the Arts. She became interested in representation using technology when she was a student and since then has been exploring fields of art that can only be expressed using the computer, information, and mechanics. One of the styles she has established to show her work is through installations, combining scrap materials and tools that are no longer in use with mechanical parts; a characteristic that is unique to her work is the individual movement of each materials displayed. Since MOHRI had originally been interested in music too, she is also known to create visual spaces using instruments intertwined with motors and cords to produce light and sound.

Hacking materials such as everyday goods and mechanical parts, and dowsing the spacial area
MOHRI’s work starts from “hacking” tools and everyday goods that she has collected through a long period of time. She places these materials in a different context by viewing them from another perspective, taking them apart, and reconstructing them. She calls this process of breathing new life into them, “hacking materials.” After she finishes her installation piece, she takes the assemblage of materials into the exhibiting space and begins the “dowsing” process. Another characteristic of MOHRI’s work is that they are closely connected to the environmental factors of the space, such as the lighting, humidity, scenery, and atmosphere. In her work of three pieces,“Circles,” (waitingroom/Tokyo) “Circuits,” (adanda/Osaka) “Circus” (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Bloomberg Pavillion/ Tokyo) that were presented in 2012, she tried to exhibit the same art work in spaces with various conditions. MOHRI says that the process of dowsing, where one searches for minerals in the water, is similar to her approach to art; she tries to take in as much element as possible that pass by unnoticed in the ordinary life, and combine them with the materials she has collected. By “hacking materials and dowsing spacial areas,” she creates works that are integrated with the surrounding atmosphere and through them, she strives to create energy and make characters of materials visible to our eyes. She wants the viewers to be unconsciously reminded of the unique memories of the exhibiting space and place unconsciously.

Feeling the energy from the “Connection” of “Orochi”
The title of this exhibition, “Orochi” comes from the artist’s recent passion for materials like strings and cords. They can be found in our ordinary lives; strings are components of our clothes, cords are connected to home appliances, and ropes are used to pack things into one. Ever since MOHRI began to wonder if inseparable relationships, or “connections” that are established deep within human nature, are caused by a form of invisible energy, just like gravity or magnetic force, she became interested in the meaning of materials.

“A while ago, I visited a company for electronic communication equipments and saw this grotesque object hanging from the ceiling as if it were a giant snake or a skeleton of a dinosaur. Seeing it up close, I realized it was a bundle of red, blue, and yellow electric cords. The employees at this workplace called this monster, ‘orochi,’ which means ‘giant sepernt.’ I’ve always showed the electric wires in my works too and that’s because I wanted the viewers to feel the invisible energy of the connection between the objects by showing the materials as they are. (Yuko MOHRI)”

MOHRI creates an “orochi” by focusing on two materials “string” and “cord,” and reconstructing their meaning and power at our gallery. Please come and feel the energy produced by these materials.

Works in Exhibition

Hanamaki (Rekka), 2013
Mixed Media, Size variable, Photo by Hideto Maezawa

Kurohebi, 2013
Mixed Media, Size variable, Photo by Hideto Maezawa

Shirohebi, 2013
Mixed Media, Size variable, Photo by Hideto Maezawa

Shiranui / Unryu, 2013
Mixed Media, Size variable, Photo by Hideto Maezawa


Artist Biography

1980 Born in Kanagawa
2004 B.F.A Tama Art University, Department of Information Design

2006 M.F.A. Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Inter- Media Art

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013
OROCHI, waitingroom, Tokyo

2012
Circus, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo
Circuits, adanda Gallery, Osaka
Circles, waitingroom, Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions, Tokyo
Circles, Agencia de Apoyo a la Arquitectura, Barcelona, Spain

2010
Holiday Bikini, Uplink Gallery, Tokyo
One Day Dallas, Roji to Hito Gallery, Tokyo
Everyday Laos, 20202 Gallery, Tokyo

Circles, 2012,
installation view (waitingroom, Tokyo)
Mixed Media, Size variable, Photo by Hideto Maezawa

Circus, 2012,
installation view (MOT Museum Bloomburg Pavilion, Tokyo)
Mixed Media, Size variable, Photo by Kenshu Shintsubo

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013
Things Unseen, Sendai Mediatheque, Sendai

2012
Anonymous Life, NTT Inter Communication Center [ICC], Tokyo
Art & Music, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo
Shibukarusai (Shibuya Cultural Festival), Parco Museum, Tokyo
x_sound, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin, Korea

2011
Alternating Currents, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia
Tokyo Art- Power Plant, Tokyo University of the Arts Gypsum Gallery, Tokyo
Shibukarusai (Shibuya Cultural Festival), Parco Museum, Tokyo
Azumabashi Dance Xing 2011, Asahi Art Square, Tokyo
John Cage Variations VII, Asahi Art Square, Tokyo

2010
Otomo Yoshihide Ensembles 2010: Resonance, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki
Occult Technics, Akiba Tamabi 21 Gallery, Tokyo

2009
Rests-ful Musical Devices: Afterglow Gig, Ambassade de France au Japon, Tokyo
Otomo Yoshihide Ensembles 09 Rest-ful Musical Devices, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo
Coded Cultures, MuseumsQuartier Wien, Wien, Austria

Everyday Laos, 2010,
installation view (20202, Tokyo)
Mixed Media, Size variable, Photo by Ujin Matsuo
I/O, 2011,
installation view (The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Australia)
Mixed Media, Size variable, Photo by Jaime Pacena II

AWARDS

2006
Award "Prix Ars Electronica" Honorary mention, Ars Electronica 06 (Austria), vexations, sound installation
Award "Transmediale award" Second Prize, Transmediale06 (Germany), vexations, sound installation

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

2011.11. Hangar Barcelona ,Barcelona, Spain
2008.2. s/lab Sunderland University, Sunderland, United Kingdom
2007.6. s/lab Sunderland University, Sunderland, United Kingdom

LECTURES AND PRESENTATION

2012
Symposium "Relation with Maker Movement and Art", discussion with Kazuhiro Jo, Shigeru Matsui, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), Tokyo
Artist Talk with Tomoko Yabumae, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo
Artist Talk with Azusa Hashimoto, adanda, Osaka
"TWS Exchange Residency Program", panel discussion with Midori Mitamura, Hiraku Suzuki, Hironori Murai, Nobuhiko Terasawa, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo

2011
Presentation, Hangar, Barcelona, Spain
Symposium "What is "NEO TOKYO"", discussion with Chiaki Shinoda (Fai Fai) etc. 2.5D, Tokyo

2010
Panel discussion with Norimichi Hirakawa, Keisuke Inoue, Takahiro Tsushima, Tama Art University, Tokyo
Lecture with Kazuhiro Jo, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo
Lecture at Tokyo Keizai University (Tetsuo Kogawa), Kanazawa College of Arts (Hidetaka Ito), Chukyo University (Carl Stone) etc.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Art & Music: Search for New Synesthesia, Film Art (Tokyo), 2012
Girls Are Alright!: Tokyo Culture Now, Parco Publishing (Tokyo), 2012
x_sound: John Cage, Nam June Paik and After, Nam June Paik Art Center (Yongin, Korea), 2012
Essay, "Artificial and Natural", The Monthly Art Magazine Bijutsu Techo,
Nov 2012, Bijutsu-Shuppan Publishing (Tokyo) Junko Gosho, "Reviews: Circus / Multiply-Exposed
Worship Facility", The Monthly Art Magazine Bijutsu Techo, Aug 2012, Bijutsu-Shuppan Publishing (Tokyo)
Interview, "SB Concierge", Magazine Brutus, No.733, 2012, Magazine House (Tokyo)
Omnilogue: The Document, The Japan Foundation (Tokyo), 2012
Essay,"World Culture Report Vol.23: Alternating Currents Japanese Art After March 2011 in Australia", public-image.org, http://publicimage.org/column/2011/12/19/wcr23.html
This Is Me!!: 100 Creator of the Future, Parco Publishing (Tokyo), 2012
Documentation: Otomo Yoshihide Ensenbles 2010: Resonance, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito (Ibaraki), 2011
Essay, "What's Gogh ?", SITE ZERO/ZERO SITE, No.2, 2008, Media Design Laboratory

ARTIST WEBSITE
http://www.mohrizm.net

Yebisu International Festival for Arts & Alternative Visions
http://www.yebizo.com/

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
http://www.syabi.com/

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<Exhibition Overview>
Artist : Yuko MOHRI
Duration: 1/19 (Sat.) - 2/24 (Sun.), 2013
Opening Reception: 1/19 (Sat.) 6-9pm
Hours: Fri.-Sun. 1-7pm Mon. 5-11pm
Closed: Tue.-Thu.
Place: waitingroom
Address: Shibuya Hyacca Bldg. 3F 4B&4D, 2-8-11 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 150-0021
Tel/ Fax: +81-3-3476-1010

Inquiry: info@waitingroom.jp (Director: Tomoko Ashikawa)

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