Yuka Murakami



Commercial works (2017-2019)

- Kay Sekimachi (editor)

A short piece on the renowned fiber and textile artist, Kay Sekimachi, who was one of the first to create weavings that hung 3 dimensionally as sculptural forms.
She is also a Japanese American who was incarcerated at Topaz (UT) with her family during WWII.

This was made as a side piece to the Masters of Modern Design.

- Masters of Modern Design (assistant editor, production sound mixer, producer)

"From the iconic typeface of The Godfather book cover to Herman Miller's Noguchi table, the influence of Japanese American artists and designers in postwar American art and design is unparalleled. While this second generation of Japanese American artists have been celebrated in various publications and exhibitions with their iconic work, less-discussed is how the World War II incarceration - a period of intense discrimination and hardship - has also had a powerful effect on the lives of artists such as Ruth Asawa, George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi, S. Neil Fujita and Gyo Obata."
In co-production with KCET for the Artbound X series.

- Fujima Kansuma (editor)

Madame Fujima Kansuma, a master kabuki artist and teacher, turned 100 years old in 2018.
Commissioned by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and together with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, this video was made for the birthday celebration

- Nagata 360: A Collecting Mind (director, writer)

Made for the "Kaiju vs Heroes" exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum, a virtual reality piece that looks into the habitual details of toy artist, collector, and maker Mark Nagata. This was the first VR piece at JANM and was a popular attraction during the exhibition's run.

- Aratani Theatre's 35th Anniversary (camera, assistant editor)

The Aratani Theatre is an epicenter for Japanese and Japanese American performing arts, hosting hundreds of shows since its grand opening in 1983. The Japanese American Culture and Community Center awarded the Aratani family at its gala in 2018, to commemorate their genorosity in providing the space for it's 35th year in operation.

- Virtual Reality: 100 Island Challenge (director, writer)

The 100 Island Challenge is a project started at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography for tracking changes of rising ocean temperatures across 100 islands around the globe. This project involves high resolution 3d scans that offer a detailed view of coral reefs and flora that traditional imaging techniques haven't been able to explore. A 360 camera was sent with a team to Polynesia for documenting the process of collecting the 3d scans.

- Research in Action: 100 Island Challenge (director, camera, writer)

In 2017, the Birch Aquarium opened a new tank in their Hall of Fishes, one in which the public can view coral reef ecology as well as for Scripps scientists to use as a testing site for new research methods. This was the first of its kind, in conjunction with the 100 Island Challenge (above), that experiments with different uses of aquarium sites and for better engaging the public with oceanographic research/phenomena.