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[ 1 ] Mori, 1997, 99

[ 2 ] Ken Goldberg, Randall
Packer, Gregory Kuhn,
Wojciech Matusik

[ 3 ] Telematics

[ 4 ] The Unique
Phenomenon of a Distance
Ken Goldberg

[ 5 ] Telematic Manifesto
Randall Packer

  Mori, 1997, 1999

Ken Goldberg, Randall Packer, Gregory Kuhn, Wojciech Matusik

All flesh is grass.
Isaiah (40:6) 

"Mori" is an Internet-based earthwork that engages the earth as a living medium. In this installation, minute movements of the Hayward Fault in California are detected by a seismograph, converted to digital signals, and transmitted continuously via the Internet to the installation. 

Inside the entry curtain, visitors follow a fiber-optic cable to the center of the resonating enclosure where a portal through the floor frames the installation's focal point. The live seismic data stream drives an embedded visual display and immersive low-frequency sounds, which echo the unpredictable fluctuations of the earth's movement. 

The title links the Japanese term for "forest-sanctuary" with the Latin "reminder of mortality." In "Mori," the immediacy of the telematic embrace between earth and visitor questions the authenticity of mediated experience in the context of chance, human fragility, and geological endurance.

Mori spiral railing, San Francisco Art Institute, 2001

Mori screen

"Memento Mori," 1997
Shock of the View

Viewing "Mori" at the Inter Communications Center, Tokyo, 1999
Photo: Takashi Otaka