Latent Views I Macoto Murayama

11 Apr 2018 – 20 May 2018

BLOK art space

Istanbul, Turkey


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“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 – 20.05.2018.

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

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Macoto Murayama


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