Born in 1963, Takatani is one of the founding member of the artist collective Dumb Type, which was established in 1984. Besides Dumb Type, Takatani began a parallel solo career in 1998. In his solo activities, Takatani’s works were presented, among others, Festival de Marseille, New National Theatre Tokyo, National Theater & Concert Hall Taipei, Centre Pompidou-Metz France, Sharjah Biennial UAE. His first retrospective solo exhibition, Camera Lucida, was held at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum in 2013. He also worked in collaboration with diverse artists such as Fujiko Nakaya, Mansai Nomura, Raku Kichizaemon XV, among others. The latest theater piece by Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani, TIME was premiered at Holland Festival in June 2021. Dumb Type is the Japan Pavilion Artist at the 59th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia in 2022.