Takashi Makino


Installation view, Cinéma Concret, 2016

Image courtesy of the artist and Empty Gallery

Installation view, Documenta 14, 2017

Image courtesy of the artist and Greek Film Archive

“cosmos”, 2016

Image courtesy of the artist and London Gallery West

Performance, Cēsis Art Festival, 2018

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Performance, URANO, 2018

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Takashi Makino (b. 1978 ) is a Tokyo-based experimental filmmaker widely considered to be one of the most influential Japanese moving-image artists of his generation. After graduating from the the cinema department at Nihon University College of Art, he spent time honing his skills in the London-based studio of the Quay Brothers before moving back to Japan. His unique working process usually involves capturing representational footage of humans, nature, and urban life in various formats and then transforming these images radically during the editing stage. Through a process of layering, superimposition and other formal manipulations, these concrete images blend together into pulsating visual fields of organic abstraction in his finished works.

Makino regularly presents installations, screenings, and audio-visual performances of his work internationally, having appeared in over 120 cities to date. Recent engagements include: documenta 14, Athens, Greece (2017); Austrian Film Museum, Vienna, Austria (2017); New York Film Festival, New York, USA (2014, 2017); Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2016); The Korean Film Archive, Seoul, Korea (2016); BFI IMAX Theatre, London, UK (2016); MoMAPS1, New York, USA (2013); San Francisco MoMA, USA (2009); New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA (2008). In 2012, he was awarded the Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

'Memento Stella", URANO, Tokyo
“cinéma concret” ITO Project Room, Stuttgart, Germany
“5th MAKINO TAKASHI SCREENING TOUR EXP 2017” Cine Nouveau, Osaka / Clover Hall, Kanbaikan at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan
“Recombinant Festival” Grand Theater, San Francisco, USA
“Expanded Abstraction” Hollywood Theater, Portland, USA
“Spot Light Makino Takashi” Austrian Film Museum, Vienna, Austria
“Endless Cinema” Performance & Screening, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
“Endless Cinema” World Premiere, Empty Gallery, Hong Kong
“cinéma concret” Empty Gallery, Hong Kong
“collages” Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo, Japan
“cosmos” London Gallery West, London, UK
LA Film Forum “Enter the Noisy Cosmos” Egyptian Theater, Hollywood, USA
Performance and retrospective at Issue Project Room, New York, USA
“collages” Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo, Japan
3D Installation “Space Noise” Capsule, Tokyo, Japan
“Aichi Triennale” Aichi Arts Center, Aichi, Japan
“Retrospective Makino Takashi - International Film Festival Rotterdam” Rotterdam, Netherlands
“Elements of Nothing” PRINZ, Kyoto, Japan
5 month Solo Screening/Performance, Uplink, Tokyo, Japan
Film Collage Exhibition “The Intimate Stars” Art Space mirage, Tokyo, Japan
“Makino Takashi Film Collage Exhibition The Intimate Stars” Plan B, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Group Exhibitions

“Takashi Makino & Rei Hayama” Kunst Museum, Stuttgart, Germany
“Takashi Makino & Ryota Aoyagi - Article Left by the Departed” Capsule, Tokyo, Japan
“UNATTAINED LANDSCAPE” Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa Palazzetto Tito, Venice, Italy
“Media/Art Kitchen – Reality Distortion Field” Bangkok Art & Cultural Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
“Emaki/Lght - Takashi Makino + Takashi Ishida” Galleria Finarte, Aichi, Japan
“While we are here-with Ryota Aoyagi” Ayumi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Japanimation, The Abstract” ASPEX Gallery café, Portsmouth, UK
“New Silence Series” RHIZOME New Museum, New York, USA
“Imagination” Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
"New Japan", Solyanka State Gallery, Moscow