Finding a Light Painting Delight

“TOCHKA” is a creative duo formed by filmmakers Takeshi Nagata and Kazue Monno since 1998. 

Takeshi NAGATA

MAIN ROLE : Technical research, Cinematography, Compositing and Editing

Nationality : Japan

Born : 2 September, 1978

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MAIN ROLE : Concept Design, Art direction and Light Painting

Nationality : Japan

Born : 24 August, 1978

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Invented a method of light painting animation, which is the combination of long exposure photograph and stop motion animation technique.


2016 "TRACK", Grand prix at the Holland Animation Film Festival

2015 "TRACK", Grand prix at the Animafest Cyprus

2010 "UNIQLO CALENDAR", BRONZE in the Cyber Lotus at Cannes Lions

2009 "OGRE YOU ASSHOLE pinhole", Recommended Works in the Entertainment Division at the Japan Media Arts Festival

2008 "PiKA PiKA Lightning Doodle Project", Grand prix in the Lab Competition at the International Short Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand

"PiKA PiKA×So-net project", SILVER in the Cyber Lotus at the ADFEST

"PiKA PiKA×So-net project", YouTube Video Awards Japan 2008

2007 "PiKA PiKA 2007", Recommended Works in the Animation Division at the Japan Media Arts Festival

2006 "PIKA PIKA", Excellence Award in the Animation Division at the 10th Japan Media Arts Festival

2006 "PIKA PIKA Lightning Doodle Project", Honorable Mention at Ottawa International Animation Festival



2021 [solo] “TOCHKA PLAYGROUND 2.0“, Higashine City, Yamagata, Japan

2020  [group] "1GB", Spiral, also known as the Wacoal Art Center

2019  [group] Festival tweetakt 2019 Utrecht, the Netherlands

2018-19  [group] Amsterdam light Festival 2018/19 , the Netherlands

2017 [solo]  “TOCHKA PLAYGROUND“, Higashine City, Yamagata, Japan

2017 [group] "Light/Electricity/God: Thunderbolts and Art", Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi, Japan

2016 [group] “Rokko meets Art ", Rokko garden terrace, Kobe, Japan,

2015 [group] "Oita toilennale 2015 ", Wakakusa Park, Oita, Japan

2015 [solo] "HIKARIASOBI ", Kurobe city art museum, Toyama, Japan

2014 [group] “Art Line Kashiwa Screen Project VISIONS 2014", JR Kashiwa station, Chiba, Japan

2013 [group] "DAYDREAMS ", Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, Japan

2012 [solo] "TOCHKA Exhibition", Kawasaki City Museum, Kanagawa, Japan

2012 [group] "Project to Support the Nurturing of Media Arts Creators ", The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan,

2012 [group] "Artists and the Disaster / Documentation in Progress ", Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan

2011 [group] Japan Media Arts Festival in Miyazaki ", Miyazaki Art Center, Miyazaki, Japan 

2011 [solo] "ReBuild", Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan

2011 [group] "pre Sapporo biennale", Hokkaido Museum Of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan

2010 [group] "Aichi Triennial 2010 Arts and Cities ", Chojamachi Site, Aichi, Japan

2010 [group] "Japan Media Arts Festival in Kyoto - Parallel world, Kyoto “, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan

2009 [group] "UNIQLO JAPAN EXHIBITION : See the New Japan ",

2009 World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland ( Also exhibited in France, China, and Japan )

2009 [group] "Aichi Triennial 2010 Pre-event : Choja-machi project 2009 ", Choja-machi Area, Aichi, Japan

2008 [group] "11th Japan Media Arts Festival ", The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan,

2008 [group] "KITA!!:Japanese Artists Meet Indonesia ", Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia

2008 [solo] "TOCHKA Super Living - PiKA PiKA in YAMAGATA ", Ruupa, Yamagata, Japan

2008 [group] "Akasaka Art Flower 08 ", Shimazaki (Former Japanese restaurant), Tokyo, Japan

2006 [group] "10th Japan Media Arts Festival ", Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan