Past Exhibitions

Takashi MAKINO

Memento Stella

January 20 - February 17, 2018

Opening reception: Saturday, January 20, 2018 18:00 - 20:00


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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Doors open at 18:00 / Performance starts at 18:15

(*Exhibition space will be available until 17:00.)

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URANO is delighted to announce Memento Stella, a solo show for Takashi Makino, to be held January 20th to February 17th, 2018.

Takashi Makino was born 1978 in Tokyo, and is currently based in Yokohama. After graduating in 2001 from the Cinematography / Sound Recording course, Department of Cinema, at Nihon University College of Art, he moved to the UK, and developed his skills in various aspects of image, lighting and music production at the Brothers Quay's Atelier Koninck, and working as a colorist on feature films, commercials, and music videos, before establishing himself as a solo artist from 2004.


Makino uses film and video to record what he finds around himself, natural phenomena, people, urbanity, which he then reconstructs through seemingly perpetually unfolding "organic", multi-layered montage. His moving image work, music, installations, and audio-visual performances are regularly shown world-wide, as are his collaborations with artists and musicians including Jim O'Rourke, Yoshihide Otomo, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Machinefabriek, and Simon-Fisher Turner. Recipient of many international awards, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam Short Film 2011 Tiger Award grand-prix (the Netherlands), the Hamburg International Short Film Festival grand prix (Germany), Moscow International Experimental Film Festival grand prix (Russia), and Croatia's 25FPS International Experimental Film and Video Festival grand prix (Croatia), each of which was the first time a Japanese had been awarded the festival grand prix. In the art world he has presented at Documenta 14 (Greece), San Francisco MoMA (USA), MoMA/PS1 (USA), the New Museum (USA), the New York Film Festival (USA), Whitechapel Gallery (England), BFI IMAX theater (England), the Korean Film Archive (South Korea), and the Austrian Film Museum (Austria).


Regarding Memento Stella


Memento Stella is a phrase I coined to remind me to "remember the stars" or rather "never forget that we too reside among the stars", as well as the title of a project I started in August 2017. For several years I've travelled the world, screening my work. And throughout this dark, sad world, amid war and terrorism, countless lives lost to natural cataclysms caused by human-caused global warming, and there hasn't been a single day that death hasn't been in my thoughts. At the same time, I do realize that it is not only death that binds us. We are also born and raised and living on this little planet, among the stars. I pursue my work with the idea that if each day, we might be conscious of this truth for even a moment, then maybe perhaps somewhere deep in our hearts, we might find shared artistic expressions, keys to a place beyond the religions, politics, borders, languages, and personal desires which tear us apart.

The series thus far comprises work in various media: 4K silent movies, 360 degree panoramic video installations, copperplate engravings, and music. In this presentation, along with a screening of Memento Stella Sea, a work created specifically for this exhibition, I will show Memento Stella II (production supported by Empty Gallery), some of my copperplate engravings, On Generation and Corruption (2017), and Space Noise 3D (2016), two works important to the conception of (arrival to) the Memento Stella project.

Takashi Makino


Makino records the life around him on film, which he then digitizes, color correct, and layers, adding electronic noise, to create intense visceral experiences out of his daily experience. Freed of its referential moorings, the subject matter becomes atomized, reduced to a proto-image particulate, so that a new cinema can be regenerated within the consciousness of each individual viewer. By deliberately disassociating the substance of the image with all reference and context, Makino challenges the limits of viewers' imagination.


Movements of photon-like micro light sources emerge from innumerable layers, filling the screen. Reflections of lights across the surface of this sea transform into twinkling stars. Vague intimations of the beginning of life –– the moment of astration, the big bang, a fetal ultrasound –– images evoking beginnings of life incessantly appear and vanish. The image transforms within each viewer, as though Makino were questioning us each about the essential meaning of the act of seeing. In the turmoil of our time, this scattering of light we call cinema, which permeates our minds and bodies, can it really still hold the potential to reawaken our senses, reveal events we ordinarily wouldn't recognize, perhaps even to help us recover our world?


“...but, if the world has become a bad cinema, in which we no longer believe, surely a true cinema can contribute to giving us back reasons to believe in the world and in vanished bodies?”

Cinema 2: The Time-Image, Gilles Deleuze


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  • Memento Stella Sea

    "Memento Stella Sea"

    2018 / 9min. 40sec. / 2K Video / Music by Takashi MAKINO
  • cinéma concret

    "Space Noise 3D"

    2016 / 8 min. / HD Video / Music by Takashi MAKINO
  • "On Generation and Corruption"

    "On Generation and Corruption"

    2017 / 26 min. / 2K Video / Music by Jim O’rourke
  • "Memento Stella"

    "Memento Stella"

    2017 / image: h.37.5 x w.52.1 cm, framed: h.38.0 x w.53.0 x 3.0 cm / Copperplate print on paper / Photo by Ichiro Mishima
  • "Memento Stella"

    2017 / image: h.37.5 x w.52.0 cm, framed: h.38.0 x w.53.0 x 3.0 cm / Copperplate print on paper / Photo by Ichiro Mishima
  • "Memento Stella"

    2017 / image: h.37.4 x w.52.0 cm, framed: h.38.0 x w.53.0 x 3.0 cm / Copperplate print on paper / Photo by Ichiro Mishima
  • "Memento Stella"

    2017 / image: h.37.1 x w.51.9 cm, framed: h.38.0 x w.53.0 x 3.0 cm / Copperplate print on paper / Photo by Ichiro Mishima
  • "Memento Stella"

    2017 / image: h.37.2 x w.51.9 cm, framed: h.38.0 x w.53.0 x 3.0 cm / Copperplate print on paper / Photo by Ichiro Mishima
  • "Memento Stella"

    2017 / image: h.37.3 x w.52.0 cm, framed: h.38.0 x w.53.0 x 3.0 cm / Copperplate print on paper / Photo by Ichiro Mishima
  • "Memento Stella"

    2017 / image: h.37.2 x w.52.0 cm, framed: h.38.0 x w.53.0 x 3.0 cm / Copperplate print on paper / Photo by Ichiro Mishima
  • Exhibition view of "Memento Stella"

    2017 / URANO, Tokyo, Japan
  • Exhibition view of "Memento Stella"

    2017 / URANO, Tokyo, Japan
  • Exhibition view of "Memento Stella"

    2017 / URANO, Tokyo, Japan
  • Exhibition view of "Memento Stella"

    2017 / URANO, Tokyo, Japan
  • Exhibition view of "Memento Stella"

    2017 / URANO, Tokyo, Japan
  • Exhibition view of "Memento Stella"

    2017 / URANO, Tokyo, Japan