MAM Project 024: Dane Mitchell

2017.11.18 [Sat] - 2018.4.1 [Sun]

Dane Mitchell (b. 1976) researches the energies and dynamics of the invisible world from artistic, scientific, and historical perspectives. His investigations are frequently informed by the connection between our visual and olfactory senses, and Mitchell views the scents that lure our consciousness into invisible realms and ancient layers of memory as vital “sculptural materials.” For this show, Mitchell will present his new work Iris, Iris, Iris, the product of multi-faceted research during his stay in Japan that ranged from the world of traditional incense to the latest perfume technologies. Various areas of interest for the artist - such as the many meanings of the word “iris,” including the flower name, the colored part of the eyeball, the camera aperture that controls exposure, and the rainbow goddess Iris of Greek mythology; the fact that incense was also used to tell the time; and the presence of tsukumogami spirits in long-used tools - are assembled here in a single installation. Both scent as Japanese history and culture, and scent as scientific element, are sure to stimulate our perceptions and sensibilities in new ways.

Iris, Iris, Iris (detail)
Digital print on habotai silk
130 ×140 cm
Courtesy: Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland & Christopher Grimes, Los Angeles
Images from research for Iris, Iris, Iris, at TAKASAGO INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION.
Photo: Dane Mitchell
Production of stick incense

Dane Mitchell
Photo: Babiche Martens

Dane Mitchell

Born 1976 in Auckland, New Zealand, currently lives and works there as well. Mitchell received a Master of Philosophy from Auckland University of Technology [AUT] in 2012 and stayed in Berlin from 2009 to 2010 for Berliner Künstlerprogramm DAAD. While participating in a number of international exhibitions such as: Biennale of Sydney 2016; Gwangju Biennale 2012, South Korea; Liverpool Biennial 2012; and Singapore Biennale 2011, he has also been holding solo exhibitions all over the world. He is expected to represent New Zealand at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019.

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MAM Project 024: Dane Mitchell

Notice Regarding Photography and Filming in the Galleries

At the exhibition “MAM Project 024: Dane Mitchell,” you may take photographs/film the artworks under the following conditions.

When taking photographs/filming:

  • Do NOT touch the works of art.
  • Do NOT interfere with other visitors’ enjoyment of the museum.
  • Do NOT use flash lighting.
  • Do NOT use tripods and selfie sticks.
  • Filming of video works must be limited to 1 minute maximum.

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Artist’s name and work title: Dane Mitchell Iris, Iris, Iris
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About “MAM Project”

MAM Project is a series of experimental projects produced by the Mori Art Museum in collaboration with artists from around the world.

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