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

Light, only light

Image taken on February 2010,  in Freiburg, Germany.

Genetically modified moss, Luciferine, resin model of artist brain, scanning by IRM, Gel medium (Agar) 
23 X 17 X 18 cm

Except for a few species like the Dinoflagellata, which belongs to both the plant and animal kingdoms, bioluminescence is only found in a few animal species. According to biological evolution, a single organism cannot both consume light as energy and use that energy to create its own light. Over the last few years however genetic manipulation has made it possible to create bioluminescent plants. Acting simultaneously as plants and non plants, these artificial organisms transgress the laws of nature.
In traditional gardens the landscape is organized around the viewer’s perception; his reality and the world around him are brought together as one. By placing these technological plants in a garden, the viewer is seeing the light he has himself created. This is a display of the utopia of our era; a technique of man’s own invention allows him to create a luminous other. This is the expression of man’s impossible desire to possess light. Here, a sculpture in the shape of a luminous brain represents the light-emitting man superposed with the light-receiving man.
The transgenic moss in this work emits its light when sprayed with a luciferine solution. In an ealier version of Light, only light, the light can be seen in complete darkness using an ultra sensitive digital video camera. Emitting time varies according to the quantity of moss and luciferine. For the Sk-interfaces exhibition in 2008, a new moss with superior visibility qualities of luminescence is being specially developed at Leeds University’s center for Plant Sciences, by Dr. Andrew C.Cuming with help of Prof. Setsuyuki Aoki of Nagoya University in Japan. Currently the team of Prof. Ralf Reski, University of Freiburg (DE) cooperates the development of this projects.

Image taken on June 2010, in Freiburg, Germany.
Exposure time about 1h, ASA12800

First version of Light, only light
at INRA laboraory, Versailles, France, 2004
Image made by ultra sensitive digital video
camera on 2004.

Exhibition where this work has been exposed:
Corp, Prothèses et Bio-objets: :La Garage, Béthune, France 2011
SK-Interfaces : FACT, Liverpool, UK, 2008, CASINO LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg, 2009-10
Biennal of Electrocic Art «Bio Difference» :The Lawrence Art gallery, Perth, Australia 2003