Life, The Universe, and Everything

From Rihanna’s Star-Trek-themed sunglasses for Dior, to news of a sequel to classic sci-fi film Blade Runner, to Star Wars everything (the next film in the rebooted franchise, Rogue One, hits theatres in December), pondering the universe, and our place in it, never ceases to inspire wonder and fascination.

An ongoing exhibit at Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, “The Universe and Art” ponders these questions and more with an ambitious exhibit that traces our relationship with the cosmos through the centuries to the present day and beyond. From astronomical texts by Leonardo da Vinci; handscrolls of Japan’s oldest sci-fi novel; to contemporary artist installations contemplating space and time; to the latest in A.I. and space development technologies, the exhibit leaves no stone unturned in its consideration of the cosmos.

Sexy Robot by Soryama Hajime, courtesy of Kioku Keizo for Mori Art Museum

The highlights: the life-size, three-dimensional fembot sculpture Sexy Robot by artist Soryama Hajime, which could be the long-lost sister of Ex Machina’s Ava, and a digital installation by Japanese collective teamLab, “Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as well, Blossoming on Collision – Light in Space” that immerses the viewer in a kaleidoscope of light.

The Universe and Art: Princess Kaguya, Leonardo Da Vinci, Teamlab is on view until January 9, 2017.