The Serpentine Gallery presented distinct but related bodies of recent works in an installation conceived by the Tokyo-born artist Mariko Mori especially for the show. The exhibition included Nirvana, Mori’s acclaimed 3-D video featured in the 1997 Venice Biennale. Mori also used pioneering solar technologies to create a prototype ‘enlightenment capsule’. This meditation sculpture was lit by sunlight entering the gallery through a Himawari, a device for catching and transmitting the sun’s rays.
The walls of the domed North Gallery featured a series of five-metre-long, multi-panelled photo-panoramas comprised of glass-mounted, computer-manipulated images which originated in diverse locations such as the Gobi Desert, the Dead Sea, a wind-power station in California and Arizona’s Painted Desert. In addition, the Serpentine premiered a new video filmed over the previous twelve months in the mountain forests of Japan.