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Yuko MOHRI
B. 1980 in Kanagawa, Japan. Lives and works in Tokyo.

The recipient of the Nissan Art Award 2015, Mohri is an installation artist who recasts reconfigured everyday items and machine parts collected in cities around the world into self-contained ‘ecosystems,’ channelling and conducting intangible energies such as magnetism, gravity, temperature and light.

With an artistic background in new-media art, Mohri’s practice engages with circuits and connectivity. She states that: ‘I prefer gravity, magnetism, light, and wind to control my work.’ Mohri positions forces such as gravity and electricity as otherworldly and unpredictable, and her installations insist on the powers of the nonhuman and the uncontrollable. The artist establishes her systems and then steps back, relinquishing her agency – her circuits are left to their own devices.

In sound-based assemblages, Mohri’s approach has alluded to experimental artists Erik Satie, Marcel Duchamp and John Cage, particularly though their relationship to chance. Mohri brings contingency and improvisation into her installations, aiming to capture the appearance of the world and human essence through the eyes of new materialism.

In 2015, Mohri received a grant from the Asian Cultural Council for a 6-month residency in New York. In 2016, Mohri has undertaken a residency with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and had in residence at Camden Arts Centre, London. Mohri’s recent solo exhibitions were held at Camden Arts Centre, London (2018), Project Fulfill Art Space, Taipei (2018, 2016), The National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, Japan (2018), White Rainbow, London (2017), Jane Lombard Gallery, New York (2016) and many group shows included “14th Biennale de Lyon 2017,” Lyon (2017), “Japanorama: New Vision on Art since 1970,” Centre Pompidou-Metz, France (2017), “Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016,” Kochi, India (2016), “Yokohama Triennale 2014,” Kanagawa, Japan (2014), etc. Her Works are in the collections of M+, Hong Kong; Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France; Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan etc.

Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

2018
Nov. “Assume That There Is Friction and Resistance,” Towada Art Center, Aomori, Japan
Sept. “Same as It Ever Was,” Project Fulfill Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan
July “Voluta,” Camden Arts Centre, London, United Kingdom
Jan. “Curatorial Studies 12: The 100th Anniversary of Duchamp’s Fountain, Case:5 La Dissémination,” The National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan [guest curation]
2017
Dec. “Grey Skies,” Fujisawa City Art Space, Kanagawa, Japan
Feb. “Moré Moré (Leaky),” White Rainbow, London, United Kingdom
2016
Nov. “Form of the Daze,” Jane Lombard Gallery, New York, NY, United States
June “Circus without Circus,” Project Fulfill Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan
Apr. “Pleated Image,” waitingroom, Tokyo, Japan
Mar. “The Beginnings (or Open-ended)” [2nd period], Potluck Building Gallery, Nagoya, Japan [two-person exhibition with Peter Fischli & David Weiss]
2015
Nov. “ART 021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair,” Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
Oct. “The Beginnings (or Open-ended),” Potluck Building Gallery, Nagoya, Japan [two-person exhibition with Peter Fischli & David Weiss]
Oct. “Observation of the Senses,” Asahi Art Square, Tokyo, Japan
2013
Dec. “Ribbon / Reborn,” Musashino Place, Tokyo, Japan
Nov. “Sauvage – Wild in the City,” Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo, Japan
Nov. “Yuko Mohri (Art Taipei 2013),” Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan
July “Tokai Polyrhythm,” Kawaguchi Media Seven, Saitama, Japan
May “Show Case,” Baus Theater, Bakuon Film Festival Vol.6, Tokyo, Japan
Feb. “Orochi,” Gallery waitingroom, Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions, Tokyo, Japan
2012
May “Circus,” Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Apr. “Circuits,” adanda Gallery, Osaka, Japan
Feb. “Circles,” Gallery waitingroom, Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions, Tokyo, Japan
Feb. “Circles,” Agencia de Apoyo a la Arquitectura, Barcelona, Spain
2010
Aug. “Holiday Bikini,” Uplink Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
July “One Day Dallas,” Roji to Hito Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
June “Everyday Laos,” 20202 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
Nov. “The 9th Asia Pacific Triennal of Contemporary Art,” Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (forthcoming)
Aug. “Sensory Agents,” Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth, New Zealand
June “Childhood,” Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
June “Going Away Closer: Japan-Cuba Contemporary Art Exhibition,” Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan
Apr. “New Japan,” Solyanka VPA, Moscow, Russia
Mar. “rehearsal,” Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong
Mar. “Going Away Closer,” Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba
2017
Oct. “Japanorama: New Vision on Art Since 1970,” Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France
Sept. “14th Biennale de Lyon,” Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, France
Aug. “Sapporo International Art Festival 2017,” Sapporo City University Skyway, Hokkaido, Japan
July “Takahashi Collection: Mindfulness 2017,” Yamagata Museum of Art, Yamagata, Japan
Feb. “MOT Satellite Spring 2017: by the Deep Rivers,” Tokyo, Japan
2016
Dec. “Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016,” Kochi, India
Sept. “Digital Design Weekend 2016,” Victoria and Albert, London, United Kingdom
Mar. “Roppongi Crossing 2016,” Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Mar. “Regeneration Movement,” National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
Feb. S-House Museum, Okayama, Japan
Jan. “The Way Things Go,” Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2015
Dec. “Plus Ultra: the Art Fair,” Spiral, Tokyo, Japan
Nov. “Nissan Art Award 2015,” BankART Studio NYK, Yokohama, Japan
Oct. “2015 Jaguar Asia Tech Art Prize (Art Taipei 2015),” Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan
Sept. “Spectrum,” Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan
July “Mirror Mirror,” Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY, United States
Feb. “Grow Up Artist Project 2014 Report,” Asahi Art Square, Tokyo, Japan
2014
Dec. “Unseen Existence,” Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
Dec. “Some Like It Witty,” Gallery Exit, Hong Kong
Oct. “Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo 2014,” Red Bull, Tokyo, Japan
Sept. “DOMMUNE University of the Arts,” 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Aug. “PICA Salon 2014,” Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia
Aug. “Yokohama Triennale 2014,” Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
July “Media Art/Kitchen Aomori,” Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Aomori, Japan
July “Sapporo International Art Festival 2014,” Hokkaido, Japan
July “Summer Group Show: From Now On,” Gallery waitingroom, Tokyo, Japan
May “Causality: Kinetic Expressions,” 1335MABINI, Manila, Philippines
Mar. “Art, Media and I, Tokyo (Art Fair Tokyo 2014),” Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan
Feb. “Casette & Radio-Casette-Deck Diffusion Project,” TENSAI-SANSUJUKU, Tokyo, Japan
Jan. “Transmediale 14,” Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Jan. “Another Side of ISOZAKI ARATA’s Solaris,” Tokyo University of the Arts, Art Media Center, Tokyo, Japan
2013
Oct. “Future Instrument Library,” OTOUFUYA, Tokyo, Japan
Sept. “Media Art/Kitchen,” Gallery National Indonesia, Indonesia
Aug. “Art DJ KATA-000,” KATA Liquidroom, Tokyo, Japan
Mar. “The Things We Have Overlooked,” Sendai Mediatheque, Miyagi, Japan
2012
Nov. “Anonymous Life,” NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo, Japan
Oct. “Art and Music,” Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Oct. “Shibukarusai (Shibuya Cultural Festival),” Parco Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Mar. “x_sound,” Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin, Korea
2011
Nov. “Alternating Currents,” Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia
Oct. “Tokyo Art- Power Plant,” Tokyo University of the Arts Gypsum Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Oct. “Shibukarusai (Shibuya Cultural Festival),” Parco Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Aug. “Azumabashi Dance Closing 2011,” Asahi Art Square, Tokyo, Japan
Jan. “John Cage Variations VII,” Asahi Art Square, Tokyo, Japan
2010
Nov. “Otomo Yoshihide Ensembles 2010: Resonance,” Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
Oct. “Occult Technics,” Akiba Tamabi 21 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2009
Oct. “Otomo Yoshihide Ensembles 09 Rest-ful Musical Devices,” 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
May “Coded Cultures,” MuseumsQuartier Wien, Wien, Austria
Mar. “Re-Reproduction / Senses in Contemporary – for Awazu Kiyoshi,” Kawasaki City Museum, Kanagawa, Japan
Jan. “Radiator Festival 2009,” Broadway Media Centre, Nottingham, United Kingdom
2008
Sept. “Extended Senses,” NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo, Japan
Sept. “The 5th Seoul International Media Art Biennale (Media City Seoul),” Seoul, Korea
May “Extended Senses,” Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, Korea
Feb. “AV Festival 08: Broadcast,” Discovery Museum Newcastle Gateshead, Newcastle, United Kingdom
2007
Oct. “Experiment Show,” Kinki University International Center for Human Sciences, Tokyo, Japan

Publications (Monographs & Solo Exhibition Catalogues)

Yuko Mohri. text by Sam Belinfante. London:Camden Arts Centre, July 2018
Grey Skies. poem by Sayaka Ohsaki. text by Hitoshi Nakano, Satoko “Tetta” Sugimoto. Kanagawa: Fujisawa City Art Space, Feb. 2018
Yuko Mohri. text by Richard Wentworth, Mark Rappolt, Edward Ball. London: White Rainbow, Apr. 2017.
ArtReview Asia, Autumn 2016, ArtReview, 2016 [cover, interview]
Yuko Mohri Anmerkung – Art Hack Day Transmediale, BCCKS (Tokyo), 2014 [e-book]
MORE MORE Tokyo [Water Leak Tokyo], BCCKS (Tokyo),2012 [e-book]

Grants and Honors

2018
East Asian Cultural Exchange Envoy, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan
Arts Council Tokyo Fiscal Year 2018, Arts Council Tokyo
Grants, Asahi Group Arts Foundation
Grants in Support of Art-Related International Exchange, Pola Art Foundation
Contemporary Art Support Program, Terumo Foundation for Life Science and Arts
2017
Bvlgari Avrora Awards 2017 (Recommender: Ryuichi Sakamoto)
Grants in Support of Art-Related International Exchange, Pola Art Foundation
The New Face Award, the 67th Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts, Japan
2016
Japan Foundation New Delhi
Culture and Future Prize, the 65th Kanagawa Culture Award, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
40 under 40 Asia Pacific: The Most Inspirational Young People in the Asia Pacific Art World, Apollo Magazine
2015
Grand Prix, Nissan Art Award 2015
Honorary Mention, 2015 Jaguar Asia Tech Art Prize
Arts Council Tokyo Fiscal Year 2015, Arts Council Tokyo
2014
The Fellowship Grants Individuals 2014, Asian Cultural Council (ACC)
Grow Up Artist Project 2014, Asahi Art Square
Award “The Bacon Prize,” Art Fair Tokyo 2014
Research of Arts and Cultural Exchange for ASEAN (18th to 23rd Feb), Japan Foundation
2011
Barcelona Exchange Residency Program, Tokyo Wonder Site
2006
Honorary Mention, Ars Electronica 06
Second Prize, Transmediale06

Public Collection

M+, Hong Kong
Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
The Nissan Art Collection, Yokohama, Japan
S-House Museum, Okayama, Japan
Takahashi Collection, Tokyo, Japan

Employment History

2017–
Lecturer, Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Global Art Practice (Collaborate with Emmanuelle Huynh, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts)
2016–17
Lecturer, Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Painting
2006-08
Researcher, Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Film and New Media

Educational Background

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

Artist-in-Residence

2016
Sept. Camden Arts Centre, London, United Kingdom
July Victoria & Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom
2015
Mar. Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, United States
2014
Aug. Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Aomori, Japan
2011
Nov. Hangar Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
2008
Feb. s/lab Sunderland University, Sunderland, United Kingdom
2007
June s/lab Sunderland University, Sunderland, United Kingdom

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