Monday, December 08, 2008

Twisting and turning (with a little help from electricity)

Daito Manabe is a funny guy.

But he also knows his business. This is no accidental work, as Manabe is a serious artist and very serious programmer. While looking through his work, I came across a video fragment of a stunning performance where he was in charge of programming (more specifically, of "sound/oscillation/programming"), a work called true, directed by dumb type's Takayuki Fujimoto. And, as expected from the co-creator of one of the most outstanding multimedia performance groups ever, this is... well, prepare to be amazed.




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9 comments:

Auke said...

This is definitly not new - have a look at Face Shift (Arthur Elsenaar, Remko Scha 2005) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_Pp6TP9aLI Interesting part with these projects is the reoccurrence. Original, response, inspiration, etc?

vvoi said...

Thanks for the link! I didn't know Elsenaar's and Scha's work. The question you raise about the way things re-appear is really interesting - and often has strange answers. E.g.I made a work once which I later discovered to have been a continuation of another work which I knew but didn't remember at the time of creation.
Another issue is the accessibility - Manabe's work was made "for" YouTube - and it got over a million views in very little time. Which is why I discovered it on a blog. The other work seens to have been presented as a one-channel video installation (?) at an art fair. Which clearly limits the access to the selected few (while giving more prestige to the work and the author). It is an interesting choice artists face today.
I would suppose Daito Manabe knew Face Shift - after all, it's a small milieu. And his test, as he calls it, seems to be more complex and precise (although this might be the different quality and scope of the two recordings).
In any case, thank you very much for pointing out that reference!

Eline said...

The first video is funny and astonishing but the second is amazing! I love it!

bike bali said...

Wow it's nice video. it's so amazing to see it more....

buzz said...

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Anonymous said...

disturbing.

Anonymous said...

re shadow dance - if someone knows who it is and how to book them with this performance - pls email to ikovalchouk@list.ru!

Anjelina said...

Nice website

Anonymous said...

The second video was amazing to watch. At first it looks like it almost was animated or altered after the live performance. The use of lights amazed me.

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