Shiro Takatani


Internationally acclaimed visual artist Shiro Takatani (Tokyo, 1963) graduated in Environmental Design, Kyoto City University of Arts. In 1984, he co-founded the artist collective Dumb Type. Dumb Type began touring around the world and got recognition with their multidisciplinary shows, such as OR (1997-1999), Voyage (2002-2009) and MEMORANDUM OR VOYAGE (2014). Takatani has also created many installations and performances under his own name. Since his first installation frost frames (1998), museums, festivals and theatres worldwide have invited him. The past two decades Takatani has created many ambient art projects in collaboration with Ryuichi Sakamoto. For the Valencia Biennial in 2001, Takatani created the video installation IRIS in collaboration with fog sculptor Fujiko Nakaya, and in 2005, the Natural History Museum of Latvia commissioned two video installations: Ice Core and Snow Crystal / fiber optic type, as part of an exhibition dedicated to Ukichiro Nakaya’s scientific work on snow and ice. His more recent creations include the large-scale fog installation CLOUD FOREST (2010), one of the first animation artworks for the 3D WATER MATRIX (2014) at the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie in Paris and the performance-installation ST/LL (2015), a reflection on human perceptions of time and space. The performance has been restaged many times and was last presented during the 2019 Singapore International Festival of Arts. Projects by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Shiro Takatani 1999     LIFE 2005     Garden Live in Kyoto 2007     LIFE - fluid, invisible, inaudible... 2007     Garden Live in Kyoto 2010    Mallarmé project I 2011     Mallarmé project II 2012    silence spins  Collapsed 2013    LIFE-WELL 2013    water state 1 2014       Forest Symphony 2015       ST/LL 2016      PLANKTON: A Drifting World at the Origin of Life 2017    async - drowning  async - Live at the Park Avenue Armory 2018    dis•play - Live IS YOUR TIME 2019      Fragments - Singapore – Live