The"U"zing (Takeshi Nakata) was born in 1969 in Tokyo, Japan. Despite being born with a progressive muscular disease, which limited his full physical mobility, he started painting in his youth.
When he could still move his hands, he painted with watercolors and oils. As he gradually lost the ability to use his hands, however, he only became more eager to seek deeper, further-reaching ways of expressions. He started using computers when they became widely available, creating graphics by a stick held in his mouth.
He also got involved in music, directing collaborations on stereoscopic work among other projects. From 2002 he started using a custom-made camera mount on his electric wheelchair, which The"U"zing would operate with a stick held in his mouth. That began the incorporation of photography into his work.