Takeshi Murata

Takeshi Murata is an American contemporary artist who creates digital media video and computer animation techniques. He is known as demonstrating a form of “glitch art”- that manipulates compression frames to give them an overly pixelated look to them. In the mid-2000s, Murata’s work exploited the introductions of distructions to previously recorded videos. He received his BFA in Film/Video/Animation from Rhode Island School of Design in 1997.

Murata is influenced by watching cartoons growing up as well as horror films. His work started out simple and clearly graphically edited but most recently, his work has created digital stills that depict symbols of mortality that are combined with miscellaneous objects.

I really liked this video because of the attention to detail there was making it. When the wolf was driving, the hairs on his face were blowing in the wind and when he was playing the keyboard, his body got into the music like any musician would. I thought the plot of the video was weird but the subtle things in the video made me really like it.

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I like the way the colors are distinctly separated, instead of blended, with each other. It reminds me of the waves in the ocean about to crash. I can imagine this piece moving and what that would look like-a continuous wave of color on a continuous loop. It could easily be a gif.

This is one of Murata’s most famous works and I can see why. At the beginning of the video, I thought there was something wrong with my internet connection because of the pixelation on the screen. However, that’s what it’s suppose to be. I liked the fact that each time the monster came out of the water, it was almost like a gif where it was on a loop and there were multiple ripples in the water. However, I didn’t like the music/sound in the background. I didn’t see how it fit into the movie itself.

 

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takeshi_Murata

http://www.takeshimurata.com/

https://www.salon94.com/assets/artists/Takeshi_Murata_bio.pdf

https://www.artsy.net/artwork/takeshi-murata-melter-2

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