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Takeshi Murata

Title: Shiboogi, 2012
Medium: Pro Res digital video, silent, 8 minutes 18 seconds
Courtesy: The artist, Salon 94, New York and Loyal, Sweden
Locatin: First Floor

In this animated video Shiboogi, American artist Takeshi Murata transforms TV commercials from the 1980s that he had discovered by chance in a record store in Japan. Just as commercials pop up on television screens for 30 seconds and then fade from memory, the imagery used by Murata pixelates and melts into a colorful digital sea. Takeshi Murata produces extraordinary digital works that build upon the experience of animation. His innovative practice and processes range from intricate computer-aided, hand-drawn animations to manipulating the flaws, defects and broken code in digital video technology. He alters appropriated footage from vintage horror films, commercials and movies, and creates fields of color, form and motion, redefining the boundaries between abstraction and recognition.

Where some people see problems with broken DVD encoding and digital distortion within their technology, Murata sees possibilities and creates artworks using this very distortion. Murata’s work has shown on the big screens of Times Square, the Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum in New York, and at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC.  This video Shiboogi won the Optic Nerve Award in 2013 from the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, USA. This is the first time the artist is exhibiting in India.