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

Energy conversion

Marerial:  Leaf cuttings, ethyl alcohol, black lamp, aquarium.

In the plant cell, huge numbers of chlorophyll molecules are linked one to another. When they receive light, they synchronize their activity perfectly. Each of the molecules receives and transmits photons all the way to the reaction center of the network, which in turn uses the photons to create different organic materials. For the ‘staging’ of this piece, chlorophyll molecules are detached from their network and float in alcohol lit by ultraviolet rays. By restoring some of these rays, the chlorophyll makes the fluorescent red pigment visible.      

Biological evolution marked a crucial step with the emergence of one phenomenon: certain organisms became capable of transforming energy produced by the sun. The spontaneity of this photochemical reaction was one of the motors of evolution from the rudimentary mono-cellular state to the appearance of the complex machine that is man. Photosynthesis is the ultimate energy conversion phenomenon without which humans and other species could not exist. 

Photo taken during the first test in 1991

Exhibition where this work has been exposed:

Avec Piotr KOWALSKI :Rouen, France 2011
Artissima 14 :Torino, Italy 2007
Cabinet du curiosité :Bar du Duc, France 2005
Art biotech’ : Lieu unique, Nantes France 2003