Tomoyasu Murata: Stop Motion Master
October 30-December 31, 2020
Returning to Japan Society as a virtual presentation after a sold out 2019 North American premiere, this retrospective program features the work of Tomoyasu Murata, one of Japan’s most prolific independent animation artists, who has created breathtaking, boundary-breaking stop motion animated films over the last two decades. Initially inspired by the expressive power of traditional Japanese bunraku puppet theater, Murata’s films—at once tender, whimsical and mysterious—deal with themes of memory, absence and mujo (the Buddhist concept of impermanence) through the cinematic manipulation of his meticulously handcrafted puppets and fantastical miniature sets. The eight short films in this program range from the artist’s award-winning student work to recent projects that respond to the Great East Japan Earthquake.