OM Passenger

Takeshi Murata (USA)
Daata Editions
Video / 00:39 / color / stereo
Edition of 20

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About the work

An edition of this work has been acquired by the Hammer Museum Contemporary Collection and the Julia Stoschek Collection.

Murata’s 6 videos are 3D animated vignettes of an old man in a white suit aggressively “making it rain”, A silently cynical Popeye and a witch character–a hybrid of a Kabuki theatre villain and a generic Disney witch–gesturing its fingers as if scheming and cupping its ear listening suspiciously. Each are short and a gestural vignette of various combined TV, film and fairy tale archetypes. The sound is by Robert Beatty.

About the artist


Takeshi Murata born in 1974 in Chicago, USA.

Murata creates animated works that explore the lifespan of moving images and their role in the shaping of shared cultural histories. Whether abstracting footage culled from 1980s blockbusters like Rambo, or slowing down the introductory credit sequence of the 1970s sitcom Three’s Company, as well as reworking the melodramatic prize package revealing moments from the game show, The Price is Right, he employs a variety of animation processes to illustrate the material decay of media narratives. Murata resurrects iconographic moments from popular culture, synthesises their essence and reconstructs them into dream-like spaces. His evolving processes range from intricate hand-drawn animations, to installations accenting the defects and broken codes of film, advertising and pop culture.

Recent solo exhibitions include Takeshi Murata, Halsey Mckay Gallery, East Hampton, NY; Takeshi Murata, Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger; OM Rider at Salon 94, New York; Midnight at Ratio 3, San Francisco; Mortality, Museum of Art and Design, New York. Murata received a BFA in Film/Video/ Animation from the Rhode Island School of Design.

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Daata Editions

Daata Editions has collaborated with Artspace, for the co-commission and launch of a new video work by artist Keren Cytter, 'Terrorist of Love'. The work is available as a free download on the Daata Editions website, along with the Lu Yang and Toby Ziegler recent commissions.

Daata Editions artworks form part of the Hammer Museum Contemporary Collection, US, the Julia Stoschek Collection, Germany, KIASMA, Finland and the Zabludowicz Collection, UK. Collectors, including Robert and Renee Drake, The Netherlands, as well as galleries, including Elizabeth Dee, New York and Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, have purchased multiple artworks from the platform.

Daata Editions has participated in Art Cologne, Frieze London, NADA New York, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Expo Chicago, Chart Copenhagen, LOOP Barcelona and Independent Brussels art fairs and has presented screenings and events in collaboration with Frieze New York & Frieze London art fairs, Salon 94, Zuecca Projects in Venice, Vanity Projects NYC and Miami, Soho House New York, Toronto International Film Festival & Venice Film Festival, Art Basel in Miami Beach, while artworks from Daata Editions Season One have formed part of exhibitions at Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway & Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, UK. Daata participates in discussions and dialogues at venues worldwide including the NY Times conference Art for Tomorrow in Doha, Qatar, Soho Houses London and NY along with talks at the various art fairs.

Daata Editions has received significant interest from the press, with media including The New York Times, Art in America, Elephant Magazine, Vogue and ArtTactic to have presented features on the project and its impact on the marketplace. In addition, art writers and curators Andrew Goldstein, Lindsay Howard, Anton Haugen, Gary Zhexi Zhang, Lucy Chinen, Courtney Malick and Loreta Lamargese have presented texts, reflecting on different aspects of Daata Editions.

Daata Editions has a dedicated section on the platform, 'Curated', through which guest curators (individuals, galleries and arts organisations) introduce new artists' works, in a way that promotes a creative dialogue between the platform and contemporary art practices, and introduces artist to the site and offer a context. Curators include: yours mine & ours, Metaphysics, Zata Banks, Legacy Russell, Katherine Finerty, New Contemporaries, Gutter Records, bitforms gallery.