Adobe Museum of Digital Media Announces Two New Exhibitions

SAN JOSE, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — August 31, 2011 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE):

Mariko Mori: Journey to Seven Light Bay
Curated by Tom Eccles, Executive Director, Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies
Exhibition Launches Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:01 a.m. EST

Inaugural Curator-in-Residence Program
InForm: Turning Data into Meaning
Curated by Thomas Goetz, Executive Editor, Wired Magazine
Exhibition Launches Sept. 13, 2011 at 12:01 a.m. EDT

The Adobe Museum of Digital Media ( www.adobemuseum.com) is pleased to announce its 2011 fall exhibition schedule. On Nov. 9, 2011, at 12:01 a.m. EST, AMDM will launch Journey to Seven Light Bay, a new exhibition by Mariko Mori, curated by Tom Eccles, executive director of the Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale in Hudson, NY. This marks AMDM’s fourth major exhibition since opening in October 2010. A trailer for Journey to Seven Light Bay is on view today at www.adobemuseum.com/TidaDome.

On Sept. 13, 2011, at 12:01 a.m. EDT, AMDM will launch InForm: Turning Data into Meaning, curated by Thomas Goetz, executive editor of Wired Magazine. This is the inaugural exhibition of AMDM’s Curator-in-Residence (CIR) Program, a new initiative that invites guest curators from the arts, culture, media and technology fields to use the museum’s online exhibition space to explore groundbreaking digital work and illustrate how digital media shapes and impacts today’s society.

Journey to Seven Light Bay
Journey to Seven Light Bay explores Mariko Mori’s longtime interest in harmonizing nature, spiritualism and technology in the digital age. The exhibition illuminates Mori’s artistic process and provides a digital recreation of her upcoming physical project, Primal Rhythm, being built on Miyako Island off the coast of Okinawa, Japan.

Mori’s work speaks to the notion that the more digital and “connected” we become, the less we are directly connected to the non-digital world around us. By creating the exhibition in the virtual space of AMDM, people from all over the world will be able to have an understanding of Mori’s physical installation, Primal Rhythm, located on a remote island.

In the AMDM atrium, Journey to Seven Light Bay will present visitors with a glowing white orb, the Tida Dome, as the entry point to Mori’s digital installation. Specifically developed for the AMDM, Tida Dome was inspired by prehistoric caves of Okinawa that illuminate when sunlight hits from a specific angle. When entering the Tida Dome, visitors will experience a virtual/digital replication of this illumination, and will continue through the exhibition to virtually experience other elements of the physical project. The physical project being built in Japan consists of a Sun Pillar and Moon Stone, which together create a solar monument to the natural rhythms of the sun and moon and the alignment of celestial orbits during the winter solstice. The first phase of Primal Rhythm will open on Dec. 22, 2011, upon the completion of Sun Pillar in Japan.

Throughout Journey to Seven Light Bay, visitors will hear Mori’s commentary on Primal Rhythm as well as past art works. Mori’s work as the artist has long drawn inspiration from the intersection of nature and technology. Mori says, “I would like to reintroduce ancient culture to contemporary life in order to reconnect with nature.”

About Mariko Mori
Mariko Mori (born 1967, Japan) is a critically acclaimed artist whose work has been acquired by museums and private collectors worldwide. Educated in Tokyo, London and New York, Mori gained recognition for her interactive installation, WAVE UFO, which debuted at Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria in 2003. The installation was subsequently shown in New York and Genoa, and included in the 2005 Venice Biennale. It was also featured in Oneness, a survey of Mori’s work that opened at the Groniger Museum, The Netherlands, then traveled to the Aros Aarjus Kunstmuseum, Denmark and the Pinchuk Art Centre, Ukraine, and is currently traveling among three cities in Brazil.

Mori’s monumental installations have been exhibited, and her works have been in collections at renowned institutions throughout the world. Mori has received various awards including the prestigious Menzioni d’Onore at the 47th Venice Biennale in 1997 (awarded for “Nirvana”), and the Japanese Art in 2001 from Japan Cultural Arts Foundation. The artist is currently based in New York. A full biography is available upon request.

About Tom Eccles
Tom Eccles is executive director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and former director of the Public Art Fund in New York City from 1996-2005 where he curated more than 100 exhibitions and projects. Since joining CCS Bard in 2005, he has overseen the construction of the Hessel Museum of Art, which opened in November 2006; co-curated the inaugural exhibition of the Marieluise Hessel Collection, Wrestle; and organized exhibitions with artists Martin Creed (2007), Keith Edmier (2008) and Rachel Harrison (2009). In 2005, he organized the U.S. version of Uncertain States of America at CCS Bard. He also commissioned the permanent installation of Olafur Eliasson’s Parliament of Reality on the grounds of Bard (2009). In addition, Eccles has curated exhibitions at the Park Avenue Armory, Marian Goodman Gallery, and was a “correspondent” for the 2009 Venice Biennale (curated by Daniel Birnbaum).

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