Title

Cyborgs and Goddesses: Mariko Mori's Revision of Japanese Feminine Identity

Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Artist Statement

Contemporary photographer and performance artist Mariko Mori investigates Japanese feminine identity by depicting herself as a number of identities, from a futuristic cyborg to a spiritual cyborg-goddess. In my paper, I will investigate this notion of hybridity and multiplicity in Mori's images, using iconographic analysis combined with aspects of gender and feminist theory by Judith Butler and Donna Haraway. Mori uses the cyborg body in a number of her works including, Tea Ceremony III, as a literal and metaphorical approach to explore multiplicity and hybridity found in feminine identity. Mori's cyborg-goddess image in Miko No Inori blends the religious traditions of the east with western modernity to further challenge society's notion of a singular identity

Location

University of the Pacific, Classroom Building

Start Date

5-5-2007 9:00 AM

End Date

5-5-2007 12:30 PM

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Cyborgs and Goddesses: Mariko Mori's Revision of Japanese Feminine Identity

University of the Pacific, Classroom Building

Contemporary photographer and performance artist Mariko Mori investigates Japanese feminine identity by depicting herself as a number of identities, from a futuristic cyborg to a spiritual cyborg-goddess. In my paper, I will investigate this notion of hybridity and multiplicity in Mori's images, using iconographic analysis combined with aspects of gender and feminist theory by Judith Butler and Donna Haraway. Mori uses the cyborg body in a number of her works including, Tea Ceremony III, as a literal and metaphorical approach to explore multiplicity and hybridity found in feminine identity. Mori's cyborg-goddess image in Miko No Inori blends the religious traditions of the east with western modernity to further challenge society's notion of a singular identity