Born in Tokyo (Japan), 1937Lives & works in New York (United States) Very active in: 60s, 70s, 2000s, Current decade
Takahiko Iimura has been a pioneer artist of Japanese experimental film and video, working in film since l960 and with video since 1970, inspired by Nam June Paik and other video artists.
He found video quite different from film, discovering it to be a valuable medium for examinating the relation between image and language. Because video is able to record and playback immediately, one may use it to view the observer and the observed simultaneously. Thus the observer becomes the observed, and vice versa; or the subject turns into the object and vice versa. He applied this theory to practice.
Nowadays he mixes all the possibilities of interactive works generated by computer to create themes inherent to the mechanisms of looking, exciting philosophic ideas.
He is a widely established international artist, having numerous exhibitions in Japan, the USA, and in Europe.