“Oneness" is a consistent concept in Mariko Mori’s work - a world in which human beings are one with nature, where the rhythm of humanity moves in concert with that of the natural environment. Her current projects aim to evoke this memory in our consciousness and to celebrate the existing balance in nature, using themes of life, death, rebirth and the universe. Her large sculptures such as Tom Na Hiu (2006) and Plant Opal (2009), contain elements that interact with their natural environments. Mori's most recent project is Primal Rhythm, a monumental permanent installation at Seven Light Bay in Miyako Island, Okinawa.

With support from the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures, the Center for Japanese Studies and the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA).

This lecture took place on October 6, 2011 as part of the University of Michigan School of Art & Design's Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series. Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities.

All programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please visit: art-design.umich.edu/stamps

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