Latent Views I Macoto Murayama

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Macoto Murayama

BLOK art space Çukurcuma

“For the delight of the eyes and the mind in observing plants.”
Macoto Murayama

Macoto Murayama, whose works were displayed in the group exhibition “On Botany” which was held at the BLOK art space last year, will have his first solo exhibition in Turkey. The exhibition “Latent Views” will take place in the Çukurcuma venue of BLOK art space between 11.04 – 30.05.2018.

The term Botech is a word play by the artist derived from the words ‘botanical’ and ‘technical’. Murayama chases up the images appeared by the combination of art, science and technology. As a reflection of the ‘latent image’ notion, that has also given its name to the exhibition, the flowers of Murayama represent the process of ‘the appearance of the hidden’. Every little detail, hidden structures and mechanics that there are but cannot be realized become visible through his artistic expression. With the technique of scientific illustration, the plants are seeded in a ‘digital botanical garden’ by having the details of a real plant enlarged almost six times and blueprinted.

The practices of storage and protection have opened the way of archiving valuable objects in digital media. Today, most of the cultural heritage is preserved in digital archives of museums. What about the inheritance of the nature? Is it possible to bring the organic to the future through digitization? The first detailed, scientific plant drawings made centuries ago, carried the same concern of transferring the knowledge to the future. Thanks to these drawings, the mathematics and architecture of the nature have been a great influence in accepting botany as a field of science. Now, Macoto Murayama has handed us the idea that a digitally re-created flora can be carried to the future. The secret language and the hidden appearances of plants are now revealed, and it even creates an open archive.

The artist, the award winner of Asia Digital Art Award, has combined the plant with the machine, the natural one and the digital one with a visual language will also be exhibiting a single channel video work called “Botech Composition -1” and a newly developed video work accompanying the rest of his selected works.

Cansu Nur Şimşek


Macoto Murayama / 村山誠
1984, Kanagawa, Japan
2007 Miyagi University, Information Design Dept., Spatial Design course, B.A.
2009 Institute of Advanced Media Art and Sciences (IAMAS), Media Expression Dept.
2009-2010 Researcher at Institute of Advanced Media and Science

2008 Asia Digital Art Award
2017 Asia Digital Art Award, Grand Prix More info:

Solo Exhibitions
2016 “Macoto Murayama: growth and form”, D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, Dundee
2015 “KOSMOS”, The Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum, Berlin
2013 Macoto Murayama Solo Show, Tokyo Electron Gallery, Tokyo
2011 “Inorganic Flora”, Frantic Gallery, Tokyo

Group Exhibitions
2016 “On Botany” BLOK art space, Istanbul, Turkey
2016 “The Sketch of The Universe: Art, Science and The Influence of D’Arcy Thompson“, City Art Centre, Edinburgh
2016 “Meristematic”, The Royal Society, London
2016 “Eco-Expanded City” WRO Biennale, WRO Art Center, Wroclaw
2015 “From Heaven to Hell. Magic Carpets and Drones”, Boghossian Foundation in Villa Empain, Brussels
2015 “modelSHOW NATURALLY”, The Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum, Berlin
2013 Autodesc Gallery, San Francisco
2013 “Flora Danica Zoom”, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen
2013 AnyTokyo Exhbition, Tokyo
2012 “OUT of FLAT!”, Galerie Hengevoss-Durkop, Hamburg
2011 “Bug in The Machine”, Texas Advanced Computing Center, The University of Texas, Austin
2011 “2011 FRANTIC UNDERLINES”, Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
2010 “2010 FRANTIC UNDERLINES”, Frantic, Gallery, Tokyo
2009 “Exhibition of Objects Under Observation”, art project frantic, Tokyo
2009 “Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2009”, Gyoko-dori Underground Gallery, Tokyo
2009 “PLAYING BACK SURFACE – digital images of contemporary art – “, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art Civic Gallery, Aichi
2009 “IAMAS 2009”, Softopia Japan Center Building, Gifu
2008 “OGAKI BIENNALE 2008”, Takaya-cho Underpass, Gifu