Ryan Takatsu is a sansei, designer, sometimes artist, cultural equity advocate and cultural worker. Born in Winnipeg and educated at the University of Manitoba – Bachelors of Interior Design with continuing education studies (DTP, publishing and internet) at the University of Toronto and Winnipeg and The Banff Centre for the Arts.
During the 1980s and 1990s, he was active in the visual arts community who developed and coordinated numerous culturally diverse projects in Winnipeg: Plug-In Art, Midcontinental: Thinking News and Culture (co-founder), Video Pool (co-founder), Block-O-Rama (co-founder with the Afro-Caribbean community), Winnipeg’s first Reggae-Soca-Urban Dance music festival now called Black-O-Rama (defunct) and the Cultural Equity Group; In Toronto: Racial Equity Fund, Full Screen Coalition, LIFT (Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto); In Montreal: IFVA (Independent Film and Video Alliance/AVCI (Alliance de la vidéo et du cinéma indepéndent). In addition, he co-authored the report/research study “Cultural Equity – A Strategy for Diversity: Film, Television and the Media Arts”, Winnipeg 1997.
Below video art still: “Pompidoleum” is a psychedelic video-processed architectural tour of the newly-built Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Produced in 1978, Video, 6:37