The Mori Museum’s current exhibit, Future and the Arts: AI, Robotics, Cities, Life – How Humanity Will Live Tomorrow pushes all my favorite buttons: food, fashion & WTF!
It’s a satisfyingly huge show, with installations ranging from utopian plans that harness cutting-edge tech, to darker commentary on how we’ll use technology to evolve in a world that’s not entirely changing for the better.
Here are my favorites:
They even made a promo video for “Sushi Singularity,” the sushi restaurant of the future!
But crazy food wasn’t the only thing artists have ideas about. Fashion and design took a page from the biology notebook too.
This slightly creepier comment on global warming suggests genetic modifications to babies that would adapt future workers to function better in a world that’s much hotter than it is today.
There are tons more thought-provoking and conversation-sparking pieces, but (how well you know me!) the one I spent the most time with was this towering 2001-ish monolith, with its hypnotic digital skin.
Go see this show, if you have a chance. Even at ¥1800 a pop, it’s worth it.
Open: Every day, from November 19 (2019) – March 29 (2020)
Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Admission: Adult – ¥1800; Student (High school-university) ¥1200; Child (4+) ¥600
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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!