Shiro Takatani joined Cape Farewell on the 2007 Art/Science Expedition. Taking almost three weeks the expedition crossed the north Atlantic to the extreme frontline of climate change, then sailed south to explore East Greenland’s Blosseville Coast.
Born in 1963, Shiro studied Environmental Design at Kyoto City University of Arts. He joined Dumb Type as one of the founders in 1984, and has been involved especially in the visual and technical aspects.
In his solo activities, Shiro participated in a municipal project of Groningen, Holland (artistic director, Daniel Libeskind), in collaboration with Akira Asada in 1990.
In 1998, Shiro created images for the collaboration concert Dangerous Visions with Art Zoyd and the National Orchestra of Lille. He was Visual Direction for Ryuichi Sakamoto's opera LIFE in 1999. The years that followed, Shiro created video installations, notably IRIS in collaboration with Fujiko Nakaya, a fog sculptor, for the Valencia Biennial in 2001.He received a commission by the Natural History Museum of Latvia in Riga, for the exhibition Conversations with Snow and Ice - his installation was presented in 2005 as part of a retrospective of the works of the snow and ice scientist Ukichiro Nakaya (1900-1962).
Under the auspices of the Japan Foundation's Australia-Japan Exchange Project 2006, Shiro was selected for a one-month artist residency in Australia, culminating in an exhibition of his work, Chrono, in Melbourne. In March 2007, Shiro completed a new audio-visual installation, LIFE – fluid, invisible, inaudible… in collaboration with Ryuichi Sakamoto, commissioned by YCAM (Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media).
Based in Kyoto, Japan, since its founding in 1984, Dumb Type continues to engage in an ever broader sphere of international activities. Members include persons trained in the visual arts, architecture, music composition, computer programming and other disciplines, whose work collective media work ranges across such diverse formats as art exhibitions, performances, audiovisuals, print publications and social movements. Dumb Type seeks to explore ever new dimensions of human system interaction.