Mariko Mori b. 1967, Tokyo
Four-channel video installation with sound, 9 min., 15 sec.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Purchased with funds contributed by the International Director's Council and Executive Committee Members: Tiqui Atencio Demirdjian, Christina Baker, Edythe Broad, Janna Bullock, Rita Rovelli Caltagirone, Dimitris Daskalopoulos, Harry David, Caryl Englander, Shirley Fiterman, Laurence Graff, Nicki Harris, Dakis Joannou, Rachel Lehmann, Linda Macklowe, Peter Norton, Tonino Perna, Simonetta Seragnoli, Cathie Shriro, Ginny Williams, and Elliot K. Wolk, and Sustaining Members: Linda Fischbach, Beatrice Habermann, and Cargill and Donna MacMillan, 2007
Link (2000) is a video installation by Mariko Mori, an internationally recognized performance, video, and installation artist who lives and works in New York and Tokyo. A circular space that viewers can both circumambulate and enter, Link is designed as a kind of sanctuary. Each of the four videos within the structure projects images of Mori lying inert in her transparent Plexiglas “body capsule” against iconic vistas of thirteen different sites that represent three periods of human time: antiquity (the Giza pyramids), the present (Tokyo's Shibuya), and the future (the advanced megacity of Shanghai). Mori presents the viewer with a sense of time that defies linearity, giving form to the Buddhist concept of transmigration, wherein life and death are in constant states of mutual generation. The culmination of an important series of Mori's performance and photographic works that center on the body capsule performances, Link illustrates the major themes that have occupied the artist since her emergence in the early 1990s: the idea of the cyborg, the reinvention of ancient systems of spiritual knowledge for contemporary consumption, and more recently, the creation of an architecture of contemplative space.