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03 DECEMBER 2012

Daito Manabe + Nosaj Thing: Eclipse/Blue

"We first got the chance to ascend into Nosaj Thing's sonic dreamworld at our The Creators Project: New York 2011, where he performed alongside some fittingly fantastical installations like Zigelbaum + Coelho's Six–Forty by Four–Eighty and Team Dis–Kinect's motion–mimicking puppet. Engaged in a subtle dance with his MPD32, Nosaj wove together a pounding, wistful set before projected visuals. As surreal as that live experience was, its visual component is nothing compared to what technology artist Daito Manabe has accomplished for Nosaj Thing's 'Eclipse/Blue.'

With support from The Creators Project, and collaborating with Perfume choreographer MIKIKO, Manabe created a dynamic virtual environment to serve as the backdrop for two dancers whose movements across the stage are amplified by the graphics behind them, making each action feel larger and more emotive."

(The Creators Project)

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abstractionalgorithmic art • artist and producer • Blonde Redhead • choreography • collaborators • computational aesthetics • Daito Manabe • dance performancedesign formalism • Eclipse/Blue • electronic musicgenerative design • Home (album) • J-PopJapanese • Kazu Makino • MIKIKO • minimalist electronicamusic video • Nosaj Thing • pattern • Perfume (band) • Point Grey (camera) • programmed stage show • projection artprojection mappingprojection worksreactive graphicsshadow puppet • Takcom (artist) • The Creators Project • visual abstractionvisual spectaclevisualisation

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Simon Perkins
25 JUNE 2011

Japan Has Made The Human Pop Star Obsolete

"Meet Eguchi Aimi. She's the newest member of Japan's teen girl group, AKB48. Like the rest of her 47 band mates, she's the embodiment of the a tween pop idol. She's got a sugary voice, perfect hair, shiny skin, and an unrelenting desire to plug consumer products, namely Glico's Ice No Mi candy. She appeared in the June 13 issue of Shukan Playboy magazine, where she was described as the 'Ultimate Love Bomb.' Aimi's star was rising fast.

What makes her special is that she doesn't exist. Glico now admits that Aimi is actually a computer generated image created by mashing up the features of AKB48's other members.

The band and the candy company struggled to pass Aimi off as an actual organism, but some of the band's obsessive fans had raised suspicions when they noticed the uncanny resemblance to other members. Others noticed a somewhat eerie quality to her movements."

(Vincent Trivett, 24 June 2011, Business Insider)

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20113D visualisation • AKB48 • Akihabara • appearance • Atsuko Maeda • authenticityavatarbotCGI actorscharacter compositeco-optiondigital actors • Eguchi Aimi • girl group • Ice No Mi • J-PopJapanlifelikemanufactured band • Mariko Shinoda • mash-up • Mayu Watanabe • Minami Takahashi • pop group • pop idol • pop star • Prometheus (mythology)puppetrealistic representationresemblancesimulacrasynthespian • teenage culture • teenage girls • Tomomi Itano • tween pop idol • virtual charactervirtual girlvirtual peoplevisual depictionvisual elements combined • Yukari Sasaki • Yuko Oshima

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Simon Perkins
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