Shimpei Takeda [b. 1982, Japan] has lived in New York since 2002. In 2004, Takeda began video collaborations with composers and sound artists for installations and sound/video performances. In these collaborations he began developing his physical processes with light, as he exposed raw materials such as water, ice, dust, or salt, using the time- based medium of video performance. Recently Takeda’s explorations have shifted into the darkroom, where his physical process appears directly and permanently in still images, as he uses photo-sensitive materials and a current emphasis on camera-less photographic techniques to capture otherwise unseen interactions of materials and light.
His work has been shown internationally, including Essl Collection of Contemporary Art (Klosterneuburg, Austria), Visual Sounds Festival of Music and Intermedia (Cologne, Germany), Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts (Minneapolis, MN), and locally at: Issue Project Room, Diapason, and Experimental Intermedia.