How Animal Crossing and the pandemic informed Takashi Murakami’s Art

Takashi Murakami talks about how the pandemic and the online world influenced his art. “Murakami’s interest in the metaverse during the pandemic accelerated whilewatching his son and daughter, 11 and 8 years old, respectively, play the Nintendo video game Animal Crossing: New Horizons. His daughter was admiring fireworks in the game, while chatting with friends over Zoom one day. Their visceral response to the beauty in the game helped crystallize for him how thedigital world, for their generation, is an actual place. It was a “cognitive revolution,” he says.”

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