Deftly weaving the aesthetics of retro–noir, video games and Italian giallo film, Takeshi Murata's OM Rider is a cinematic exercise in cool, narrative minimalism and distilled rebellion, featuring two characters who are mysteriously yet inextricably linked: a synth–playing, misfit werewolf who inhabits a twilit neon desert and a grimacing old man awaiting an uncertain fate in brooding solitude. OM Rider expands upon Murata's previous 3D character-based animation and references to horror cinema to create a transfixing experience that is at once opaque and thrilling. The video for Oneohtrix Point Never, the recording project of musician Daniel Lopatin, animates the artist's hyper-real computer-generated "still life" images. And Night Moves bridges the abstract digital detritus of Murata's earlier work and his recent 3D modeling by rendering the artist's studio free-floating through a psychedelic vortex and bursting to hysterical life.
After the screening, Murata and Beatty will participate in a brief conversation about their collaboration, followed by a live performance by Beatty and C. Spencer Yeh. This premiere coincides with the late–2013 release of Beatty's Soundtracks for Takeshi Murata, a project of Jason Lescalleet's Glistening Examples label, which will be available at the event.
Special thanks to Salon 94.
Takeshi Murata produces extraordinary digital works that refigure the experience of animation. His innovative practice and constantly evolving processes range from intricate computer-aided, hand-drawn animations to exacting manipulations of the flaws, defects and broken code in digital video technology. Whether altering appropriated footage from cinema (B movies, vintage horror films), animating 3D models, or creating Rorschach-like fields of seething color, form and motion, Murata produces astonishing visions that redefine the boundaries between abstraction and recognition.
Takeshi Murata was born in 1974 in Chicago, IL. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997 with a B.F.A. in Film/Video/Animation. Murata has exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California; Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Peres Projects, Los Angeles; Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York; Eyebeam, New York; FACT Centre, Liverpool, UK; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; New York Underground Film Festival; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, Foxy Production, New York, and Deitch Projects, New York, among others.
In 2013 the solo exhibitions Takeshi Murata: Midnight and Takeshi Murata: Morality were held at Ratio 3, San Francisco, and the Museum of Art and Design, New York, respectively. Other recent solo exhibitions have taken place at Salon 94, New York; Layr Wuestenhagen Contemporary, Vienna, Austria; Gallery.Sora, Tokyo, Japan; Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; The Kitchen, New York; and The Reliance (The Approach), London, UK. Murata lives in Saugerties, New York.
Robert Beatty (b. 1981) is a Lexington, Kentucky–based artist and musician. His multi-disciplinary work in the fields of drawing, digital art, sculpture, video, graphic design, and sound often use outmoded technology to yield organic results. Beatty performs experimental electronic music as Three Legged Race and is a founding member of psychedelic noise band Hair Police. He frequently collaborates with artists and musicians as diverse as video glitch pioneer Takeshi Murata, chameleon sound manipulator/improvisor C. Spencer Yeh, text portraitist Ben Durham, and Non-Pythagorean pop composer Robert Schneider. Much of his recent work has been executed under the banner of the Resonant Hole, a music/video art collective with semi–anonymous membership focused on creating what he terms a "dream–damaged audio–visual alternate reality."
Beatty has exhibited at Institute 193 in Lexington, Land of Tomorrow in Lexington and Louisville and in group exhibitions in Baltimore and Los Angeles. He has performed at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing; Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin; the Gene Siskel Film Center at the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago; the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati; the All Tomorrow's Parties Nightmare Before Christmas Festival in Minehead, England; and numerous venues and institutions in New York including the New Museum, Deitch Projects, Issue Project Room, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, and Canada gallery. His work and design was featured in the Kramers Ergot 8 anthology, published by PictureBox Inc, and in the anthology Mould Map 3, published by Landfill Editions.
C. Spencer Yeh (b. 1975) studied Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He is recognized for his interdisciplinary activities and collaborations as an artist, composer and improviser, as well as his music project Burning Star Core. Recent presentations of work include Who Wants Flowers When You're Dead at the Poor Farm Wisconsin, The String and the Mirror at Lisa Cooley NYC, Soundworks at the ICA London, Excursus IV at the ICA Philadelphia, New Humans at Bureau NYC, In Tones From Light to Dark at Performa 13, PAN_ACT at ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn NY, a Jerome Foundation Commission from Roulette Intermedium, the Segue Reading Series in New York and LAMPO at the Graham Foundation, Chicago. Yeh will also be collaborating with Triple Canopy for their work in the Whitney Biennial in 2014.
Recent recorded works include Ambient (with Robert Piotrowicz), 1975 (as C. Spencer Yeh), Transitions (as CS Yeh), and Wake Up Awesome, a collaborative recording with Okkyung Lee and Lasse Marhaug on the Software label. A collection of voice-based works will be published by Primary Information in 2014. Yeh also volunteers as a trailer editor and programmer for Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn. His compilation of custom-edited trailers from Spectacle, South Third Street Forever recently screened at the Three Rivers Film Festival in Pittsburgh. He will also be presenting a version of this compilation at the Kinomuzeum 2014 film festival, MoMA Warsaw, Poland.
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