- Henderson, Schuyler
- Date of entry: Jul-31-2008
Inochi (Japanese for "life" or "spirit") are four human-sized figures with bulbous, alien-like heads over small bodies made of (plastic) flesh and machinery. Murakami directed videos to accompany the Inochi, consisting of a film sequence of an Inochi in school with a schoolboy-like crush on a girl; the Inochi tries to fit in, gets in trouble, and doesn't understand what is happening to its body when it begins to respond to the crush.
Created in 2004. The online art link above provides a link to the web site of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, where there is a video of the artist discussing and showing Inochi (Exhibition Tour, Part 4).
©Murakami. Catalogue of an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, New York City, April 5-July 13, 2008. Organized by Paul Schimmel (New York: Rizzoli International Publications)2008, p.2