My concept for my art-making is to search a new relationship between "artifact" and "nature".

"Artifact" and "nature" is not only the opposite schema. For instance, a computer malfunction is whether the artificial or natural matter? To search an answer to those questions, I started my art making. Sudden errors and accidental matters that happen in many different situations show obscure phenomenon in-between artificial/natural and let us re-think about the relation between them.

In my recent work, I make installation, using useless machines and old tools as my materials that are nameless objects which finished their roles, and put the light, sound and electromagnetic wave into them. I attempt to create an ecosystem that the environment and exhibiting objects are integrated, amplifying the characters of the space which are gravity, humidity, lighting, and wind, with my materials and then getting feedback to them. Through my installation, mechanical objects evolve into an organic environment accommodating a natural condition. With different elements, each space creates own ecosystem so that the same installation becomes altered depending on the space. I think it is also an old and new relation of artifact and nature created by the error, accident, and accumulation of the time.

I would like to deliver this one time only experience for the audience through my work that is integrated with each environment.

Yuko MOHRI 2013


born in Kanagawa (Japan)
lives and works in Tokyo (Japan)

2006 M.F.A., Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Inter-Media Art
2004 B.F.A., Tama Art University, Department of Information Design

Exhibitions, projects (2003-2014, selection)

Causality, 1335MABINI, Manila (PH) (GROUP)
Transmediale 14, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (DE) (GROUP)
Another Side of ISOZAKI ARATA's Solaris, Tokyo University of the Arts, Art Media Center, Tokyo (JP) (GROUP)

Ribbon / Reborn, Musashino City Place, Tokyo (JP) (SOLO)
Sauvage - Wild in the City, Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo (JP) (SOLO)
Tokai Polyrhythm, Kawaguchi Media Seven, Saitama (JP) (SOLO)
Show Case, Baus Theater (Bakuon Film Festival vol.6), Tokyo (JP) (SOLO)
OROCHI [Snake], waitingroom, Tokyo, Japan (SOLO)
Future Instrument Library, Otoufuya, Tokyo (JP) (GROUP)
Media Art/Kitchen, Gallery National Indonesia, Jakarta (ID) (GROUP)
The Things We Have Overlooked, Sendai Mediatheque, Miyagi (JP) (GROUP)

Circus, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo [MOT], Tokyo (JP) (SOLO)
Circuits, adanda Gallery, Osaka (JP) (SOLO)
Circles, waitingroom, Tokyo (JP) (SOLO)
Circles, Agencia de Apoyo a la Arquitectura, Barcelona (ES) (SOLO)
Anonymous Life, NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo, Japan Art and Music, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo [MOT], Tokyo (JP) (GROUP)
SHIBUKARUSAI [Shibuya Cultural Festival], Parco Museum, Tokyo (JP) (GROUP)
X_Sound, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin (KR) (GROUP)

MORE MORE Tokyo [Water Leak Tokyo], SNAC, Tokyo (JP) (SOLO)
Alternating Currents, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts [PICA], Perth (AU) (GROUP)
SHIBUKARUSAI [Shibuya Cultural Festival], Parco Museum, Tokyo (JP) (GROUP)
Azumabashi Dance Closing 2011, Asahi Art Square, Tokyo (JP) (GROUP)
John Cage Variations VII, Asahi Art Square, Tokyo (JP) (GROUP)

Holiday Bikini, Uplink Gallery, Tokyo (JP) (SOLO)
One Day Dallas, Roji to Hito Gallery, Tokyo (JP) (SOLO)
Everyday Laos, 20202 Gallery, Tokyo (JP) (SOLO)
Otomo Yoshihide Ensembles 2010: Resonance, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki (JP) (GROUP)
Occult Technics, Akiba Tamabi 21 Gallery, Tokyo (JP) (GROUP)

Otomo Yoshihide Ensembles 09 Rest-ful Musical Devices, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo (JP) (GROUP)
Coded Cultures, Museums Quartier Wien, Wien (AT) (GROUP)
Re-Reproduction / Senses in Contemporary - for Awazu Kiyoshi, Kawasaki City Museum, Kanagawa (JP) (GROUP)
Radiator Festival 2009, Broadway Media Centre, Nottingham (GB) (GROUP)

Extended Senses, NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo (JP) (GROUP)
The 5th Seoul International Media Art Biennale (Media City Seoul), Seoul (KR) (GROUP)
Extended Senses, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul (KR) (GROUP)
AV Festival 08: Broadcast, Discovery Museum Newcastle Gateshead, Newcastle (GB) (GROUP)

Grants, awards

Asahi Art Square Grow Up Artist Project 2014
Award "The Bacon Prize," Art Fair Tokyo 2014
Research of Arts and Cultural Exchange for ASEAN (18th to 23rd Feb), Japan Foundation

Barcelona Exchange Residency Program, Tokyo Wonder Site

Daiwa Foundation Small Grant, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Award Granted for Arts & Culture, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
Asia-Europe Foundation Award

Award "Prix Ars Electronica" Honorary Mention (Interactive Art Category), Ars Electronica 06 (Austria), vexations, sound installation
Award "Transmediale award" 2nd Prize, Transmediale 06 (Germany), vexations, sound installation


Hangar, Barcelona, Barcelona (ES)

s/lab Sunderland University, Sunderland (GB)

s/lab Sunderland University, Sunderland (GB)