Born in Kagoshima, Japan, in 1968, Tadasu Takamine is a controversial, thought provoking, and irreverent media, video, and installation artist. His performance and moving image works engage almost masochistic levels of endurance, often focusing on themes of sexuality, humanity, and the body. Takamine received his degree from Kyoto City University of Arts and Music’s Craft Division. He later studied at the International Academy of Media-Arts and Sciences (IAMAS) in Gifu, Japan. He is a frequent collaborator with dancers and other performance and media artists, including the influential Japanese multimedia-performance group Dumb Type, which he was an active member of from 1992 to 1997. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Jerusalem Center for the Visual Arts, Banff Center for the Arts, Saw Video Centre for the Media Arts, Ottawa, and the Yokohama Museum of Art, which culminated in a solo exhibition entitled Too Far To See (2011). He has exhibited extensively throughout Asia, North America, and Europe, including as part of the 2003 Venice Biennale, the 2004 Busan Biennale, the 2005 Yokohama Triennial, and the 2010 Aichi Triennial, as well as exhibited in Australia, Israel, Mexico, and South Africa.