Mariko Mori: Rebirth – Burlington Gardens, February 2013

Mariko Mori: Rebirth exhibition leaflet

Okay. I’ll be honest.

We only went to the Mariko Mori exhibition because I saw a poster on the tube and it looked nice.

But hey… please don’t judge me.

Yes, that poster made me go to the exhibition… but would we have gone otherwise? I’m not sure. And… that would have been a shame as I rather enjoyed it (although I’m still not keen on Burlington Gardens as an exhibition space. It doesn’t feel right to me). 

I found myself drawn to Mariko Mori’s thinking and ideas.

Mariko Mori’s works blend traditions, modern and ancient cultures with science and technology, both from the East and the West.

But there is more to it.

There is everything in the world that you see but there is a world that you don’t see, and it is this invisible world that you don’t see that I’m trying to visualise“.

Tom Na H-Lu II is something that I want at home. I could sit there and look at it. All the time. The huge glass monolith is lit by hundreds of LED lights which are connected to an observatory in Japan which ‘records energy emitted from the explosion of a star, a supernova‘ (source: exhibition leaflet). It is beautiful and calming.

Transcircle 1.1 (Indoor) draws similarities with Stonehenge and Flat Stones with a zen garden, whilst Sun Pillar is about precision, science and faith (let’s hope for a non-cloudy day!). White Hole was almost as mesmerising as Tom Na H-Lu II. 

Following on from the exhibition, we made our way to see Old Times at the Harold Pinter theatre (the play is on until 6 April).

Old Times at the Harold Pinter theatre

The acting’s really good and Kristin Scott Thomas is incredible. The night we went, she was playing Kate.

It’s one of those where you come out of the theatre and ask yourself ‘what happened there?’.

The clues are in the dialogue and it’s up to you to decipher it. So… if you’re me, you end up not really knowing what it was all about, trying out various possibilities and talking about it non-stop.

Typical Pinter stuff apparently.

The uncertainty is unnerving. But I don’t really mind it. We’re still talking about the play two weeks after, as new ideas surface.

And we’re now toying with the idea of going again, picking our date carefully so that we can see Scott Thomas play Anna this time.

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