Takeshi Murata

born 1974 in USA

Takeshi Murata works in computer animation and video exploring datamosh and glitch aesthetics. Creating his films, he often collaborates with experimental musicians, including Oneohtrix Point Never, Jason Lescalleet, C. Spencer Yeh and Robert Beatty. 

In the “Synthesizers” series, Murata uses digital animation to create still lifes in hyperrealistic interiors. Playing with the convention of HD video propagated by the commercial film industry, Murata makes surreal, unsettling compositions in which reality seems too flat and too perfect.

They depict ordinary objects of mass culture which relate to urban modes of consumption and their paraphernalia: energy drinks, anti-depressants, Apple products, exercise equipment. These objects were meticulously rendered with the use of computer software or purchased as ready-mades from the web’s 3D supermarkets. In his creative process, Murata relies solely on peer knowledge transmitted in how-to videos on YouTube and on discussion forums.   

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