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Profile: Shiro Takatani

By Shiro // Thursday 6 Sep // 16:51:00 // View


Shiro Takatani
Artist (Japan)

Born in 1963. Graduated from Environmental design – Art Dept. of Kyoto City University of Arts. Joined ‘Dumb Type’ as one of the founders in 1984, and has been involved especially in the visual and technical aspects.
In his solo activities, Takatani participated in a municipal project of Groningen, Holland (artistic director: Daniel Libeskind), in collaboration with Akira Asada in 1990. Takatani created images for the collaboration concert Dangerous Visions with Art Zoyd and the National Orchestra of Lille in March 1998. He did visual direction for the Ryuichi Sakamoto’s opera LIFE September 1999. And he released solo video installation work frost frames 1998, optical flat/fiber optic type 2000 (a collection of The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan). Also, He created the video installation piece IRIS collaborated with Fujiko Nakaya, a fog sculptor, for the Valencia Biennial in 2001.

Commissioned by the Natural History Museum of Latvia in Riga, for the exhibition Conversations with Snow and Ice, his installation was presented in November-December 2005, as part of a retrospective of the works of the snow and ice scientist Ukichiro Nakaya (1900-1962). In 2006, under the auspices of the Japan Foundation’s 2006 Australia-Japan Exchange Project Rapt! 20 contemporary artists from Japan, selected for a one-month artist residency in Australia and exhibited the new piece Chrono in Melbourne.

Recently he created new audio visual installation LIFE – fluid, invisible, inaudible… in collaboration with Ryuichi Sakamoto, commissioned by YCAM (Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media), in March 2007.
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