Takagi Masakatsu Journal For People


Takagi Masakatsu is one man trying to make sense of the world. He travels the globe recording people’s everyday lives, and then returns home to Japan where he delicately molds the everyday into the sublime. A classically-trained pianist, a multimedia documentarian, an art-gallery exhibiting jet-setter, Takagi Masakatsu is clearly a renaissance man of our times. After releasing two cds and a dvd with Carpark in 2001 and 2002, Takagi returns to us once again with his Journal For People DVD and CD. Lilting piano lines, digitally-enhanced melodies, and sturdily constructed ambient pop tunes comprise the audio. The video features people from all over the world intersecting with Takagifs painterly palette of organic and psychedelic imagery. It’s what art at its best is capable of: a sensually gratifying and spiritually healing experience.

Artist Bio

Born in Kyoto.

Start sound and image project “SILICOM” with AOKI takamasa (sound).

2001 Jan.
Release SILICOM DVD from PROGRESSIVE FOrM in Tokyo (1/25).

2001 Aug.
First solo exhibition [pia] curated by Minoru Hatanaka (ICC) (Pepper’s Gallery, Ginza Tokyo)

2001 Oct.
New video and sound installation [JOURNAL FOR PEOPLE] (art space ‘Zone’, Roppongi, Tokyo)
Release solo album [ pia / takagi masakatsu] (audio CD and video CD-ROM) from Carpark(NY)
Touring among 12 cities in US and Canada for live performance

2001 Nov.
Live performance at “7th Istanbul Biennial” closing event

2002 May
Release audio CD and DVD [opus pia] from Carpark, NY.

Commission work for NHK TV program [Encounter the Beauty] opening video and music, and on air for one year

2002 June
Release audio CD and LP [eating] from Karaoke kalk, Germany

2002 July
[JOURNAL FOR PEOPLE] CD/DVD will be released from daisyworld discs/ cutting edge
[Image Garden-Inspired by Derek Jarman’s films] compilation DVD by three video artists released from UPLINK

2002 Aug.
New video installation [ light park ] shown at Mito Contemporary Art Gallery (10 Aug. – 23 Sep.).
Video and sound works collaborating with ‘Agnes b.’ developed at Agnes B.’s shops in Japan (22 Aug. – 31 Oct.).

2002 Oct.
Participate in the opening event at the new art center “Esplanade” in Singapore.

2002 Nov.
Live performance tour among Europe including 8 nations, 18 cities.

2003 Jan.
Video installation [ world is so beautiful ] at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Contemporary Art (11 Jan. – 23 Mar.)


1. Uter, Pt. 1

2. J.F.P.

3. Uter, Pt. 2

4. Piano

5. Ketle, Pt. 1

6. Ketle, Pt. 2

7. Ketle, Pt. 3

8. Wonderland

9. Birdland

10. Aqua

11. Waltz

12. Salida del Sol

13. Light Song