Black Box: Takeshi Murata

May 28, 2007 – September 9, 2007

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Lower Level Floor Plan

The Black Box Theater showcases rotating exhibitions of contemporary artists who use film or video as their creative medium. Films or videos run continuously.

May 28, 2007-September 9, 2007: Films by Takeshi Murata, including

  • Monster Movie (2005, 4:05 min.)
  • Untitled (Pink Dot) (2006, 5 min.)
  • Cone Eater (2004, 4:05 min.)

Takeshi Murata (born 1974, lives and works in Los Angeles and New York) produces films involving masterful manipulation of digital animation while also integrating hand-built dimensions. Psychedelia, abstraction, intense color, and hypnotic sound tracks, are utilized in Murata's short films.

The exhibition includes: Monster Movie (2005), a montage of scenes the artist sampled from a video of the 1981 B-movie Caveman; to make this film, Murata selected each frame, creating a final version with 7,200 images.

Untitled (Pink Dot) (2006), which references early avant-garde films, also includes borrowed feature film footage. Soundtracks developed with Robert Beatty add a hypnotic dimension to Untitled (Pink Dot) and Cone Eater.