Botech Compositions – by Macoto Murayama

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Botech Compositions: new work by Macoto Murayama.

Presented by Metal during Liverpool Biennial 2014

Exhibition dates:  4 July – 26 October 2014.

Venue:  Edge Hill Station, Tunnel Road, Liverpool L7 6ND

Photos from the exhibition:

For 2014 Liverpool Biennial, Metal is delighted to be exhibiting the work of Macoto Murayama.  Based in Tokyo, Murayama spent six months of 2013 living and working at Metal’s space in Southend on Sea, dissecting, recording and rendering in digital form UK indigenous flowers.

The resulting works are presented at Metal’s Liverpool base, Edge Hill Station as a series of high definition, animated sequences of fastidiously produced information and detail that reveals the beauty, fragility and architectural structure of flowers.

Murayama’s work follows in the footsteps of ancient tradition in botanical illustration.  The earliest known drawings date back to Mesopotamia some 4000 years ago, made within a flourishing civilisation that was acquiring written language, metal working, medicine and art.

Although digitally rendered in 3D in their finished form, his early studies are hand drawn from specimens and his observational techniques, including dissection, do not differ in approach to those that have been used for hundreds of years.

Botech Compositions marks a new development in Murayama’s body of work to date introducing abstracted patterns, repeated forms and pulsating animations to the final presentation of the imagery.

It is the first time that Macoto Murayama’s work has been exhibited in the UK.

Outside of events day the exhibition will be open by appointment. Please call (0151) 7072277 or email to arrange a visit. We welcome schools tours or group visits.

Please click here to download a programme.

Programme of events:

Tues 8 July: 6-8pm at Edge Hill Station

Macoto Murayama in Liverpool: View the exhibition, then meet the creator of Botech Compositions as he gives an insight into his unique working processes.

FREE – Book Tickets

Thurs 10 July: 6.30pm

Macoto Murayama in London:  For those who miss Macoto’s talk in Liverpool, here is an opportunity to hear him speak on Botech Compositions in London hosted by The Japan Foundation.

FREE – Book Tickets or email

Thurs 24 July:  7 – 10pm

Immix Ensemble:  Two composers Rachel Nicholas and Tom Cowcher perform new music written in response to Botech Compositions, with Daniel Thorne’s Immix Ensemble.

Tickets £5/£3.  Book tickets 

Thurs 14 Aug:  6 – 8pm

Liverpool’s Botanical Collection:  Donna Young, Curator of Herbarium at the World Museum Liverpool cares for  c.400,000 botanical specimens and items. She shares with us the specialised methods employed in the preparation and preservation of botanical collections.

FREE – Book Tickets

Thurs 4 Sept:  6 – 8pm

Botanical and Mechanical art :  UK based artists, Rob Kesseler and Junko Mori tell us about their work and how it resonates with Botech Compositions. Followed by Q&A.

FREE – Book Tickets

Wed 10 Sept: 7pm

Jyll Bradley – Documenting Process:  Jyll Bradley tells us about creating Mr Roscoe’s Garden in 2008 using surviving plants from Liverpool’s world renowned botanical collection. Programmed as part of the regular Future Station event series.

FREE – Book Tickets

Thurs 25 Sept: 6 – 9pm

Mutator Art: Computer art pioneer Prof. William Latham talks about his animations, blending art and science, organic forms, genetic mutations and collaborating with the Shamen in the 1990s.

FREE – Book Tickets

Fri 18 July:  6.30pm  /  Fri 1 Aug:  6.30pm  /  Fri 15 Aug:  6.30pm  /  Fri 29 Aug:  6.30pm

Film Station:  Metal’s regular film night, presents a series of films by Japanese directors during Botech Compositions.  Each evening there will be an opportunity to view the exhibition before watching the film.  For full film listings see

FREE – Book Tickets

Wed 30 July:  6 – 9pm  /  Wed 10 Sept:  6 – 9pm

Future Station: Our regular evening of artists talks, presentations and 3 min wonders takes inspiration from the city’s Biennial activity – hearing from artists involved – and  looking at issues that artists face when presenting work in this way.  For full speaker listings see

FREE – Book Tickets

Sat 5 July:  11am – 5pm  /  Sat 9 Aug:  11am – 5pm  /  Sat 23 Aug:  11am – 5pm  /  Sat 6 Sept:  11am – 5pm  /  Sat 20 Sept: 11am – 5pm

Open Saturdays: Throughout the exhibition we are hosting a series of Open Saturdays.  Come and see Botech Compositions with accompanying film screenings, drop-in drawing events, workshops, music and activities in our station garden.  Have a coffee at Café Valise, our artist designed, pop-up café.

FREE – No Booking Required


For a full programme of events, please see Liverpool Biennial.

Metal thanks The Japan Foundation, Arts Council England, Liverpool City Council and Frantic Gallery for their kind support in helping us to realize this project.

Commelina communis L - front view - ow

Macoto Murayama, Lathyrus odoratus L - front view - ow, digital c-print, 100x100cm, 2012, Ed.8_


Macoto Murayama, Lathyrus odoratus L - side view - ow, digital c-print, 100x100cm, 2012, Ed.8_


Macoto Murayama, Lathyrus odoratus L - side view - ow, digital c-print, 100x100cm, 2012, Ed.8_


Macoto Murayama, Lathyrus odoratus L - top view - ow, digital c-print, 100x100cm, 2012, Ed.8_


Macoto Murayama, Lathyrus odoratus L. - ecology view - ow, digital c-print, 100x100cm, 2012, Ed.8_


Macoto Murayama, Botech Composition - 1 - wc, digital c-print, 150x100cm, 2013, Ed.5


Commelina communis L - top view - ow



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