16/11/2019 17:00-21:00 (Sat 六)
17/11/2019 12:00-21:00 (Sun 日)
9/F, Hysan Place, Causeway Bay
Tomoyasu Murata began his work producing puppet animations after being inspired by traditional Japanese puppet theatre, called Bunraku.
Murata employs puppet animation in an expressive way, allowing viewers to experience it with their eyes, ears, sense of touch and even through the air. He has consistently strived to express the idea of mujo (impermanence), which is a very beautiful concept to the Japanese.
In one of his early series entitled “Road”, Murata described the aspect of “absence”. Through small gestures of the puppets' hands and eyes, he expressed things that are not words, and are indeed impossible to put into words.
“Family Deck” is a series of stories that describe the everyday life of a family running a barbershop that used to be located in Murata’s neighborhood but no longer exists. Recreating the old town using miniature sets, Murata undertakes the challenge of recording the rapidly changing town. Employing an old barbershop that actually existed and adding his original family stories, Murata attempts to create a series of works that act as a container for storing memories.
After the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, Murata started to create new series based on the theme of traversing memories regarding life and death. He has so far completed three of his five planned puppet animations: “Okinamai / Forest This Flower Bloom”, “AMETSUCHI”, and “A Branch of a Pine Is Tied up”. In these series, Murata tries to portray the view of mujo(impermanence) through the themes of prayer, chronicling and faith.
- Nostalgia (16:00)
- Scarlet Road (13:11)
- Family Deck vol. 1-6 (21:56)
- White Road (14:35)
- Okinamai / Forest This Flower Bloom (11:05)
- AMETSUCHI (10:31)
- A Branch of a Pine Is Tied up (16:32)
A graduate of the Department of Design at the Tokyo University of the Arts, and of its Graduate School of Fine Arts in 2002, Murata won the JMAF Excellence Award in 2001 for the puppet animation "Nostalgia." He has also made videos for Mr. Children and ap bank.
村田先生畢業於日本東京藝術大學設計系及後於2002年畢業於同校的藝術研究院。2001年村田先生憑木偶動畫作品《懷緬》榮獲日本文化廳媒體藝術祭優秀奬，他亦曾為日本著名樂隊Mr. Children以及ap bank音樂祭創作錄像。