Jun Takita, born in 1966 in Tokyo, graduated in 1988 from Nihon University, majoring in arts. He received a Masters from Paris Ecole National d’Art in 1992, having received a scholarship from the French government.

He draws heavily from concepts of traditional gardens and their careful and respected arts. Each of his works immerses the audience in the process clocked by the cyclical rhythms of biological and ecological phenomena. Life and death are simultaneously presented and aesthetically represented in the artist’s procedural work around the relationship between man and nature in the era of biotechnology.
He collaborates with numerous scientific teams as the Centre for Plant sciences at the University of Leeds (UK), Plant Biotechnology of Faculty of Biology University of Freiburg (DE), CNRS - Université Paris-Sud, MRI Medical and Multi-Methodes(FR), and the Royal Observatory of Belgium Seismology-Gravimetry (BE).

dimanche 4 mars 2012

Artificial bioluminescence

Plexiglas tube, green leaf, luciferine, luciferase, A.T.P., water, sugar, oxygen, etc.
15x2 cm diameter.

This sculpture transforms ambient light captured by chlorophyll pigment into another type of light: a luminous signal the same as that of the firefly. This particular phenomenon of illumination present in certain animal species is called “Bioluminescence”.  

In nature, bioluminescence establishes communication between males and females or between congeners. Here, man manipulates this communication tool in order to interpret nature. As a result, one experiences a new form of communication between man and the outside world.