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After he already applied virtual make-up on Lady Gaga by means of face mapping during a concert at the Grammys 2016 in honor of David Bowie, we present you here on GoSee the new work of Creative Director and face mapping virtuoso Nobumichi Asai. In front of the camera stood Japanese dance duo AyaBambi. Find out more information on the video here on GoSee, and you can watch the making-of video here.
“This project was achieved as collaborative work between AYABAMBI, TOKYO, Ishikawa Watanabe Lab, The University of Tokyo and WOW, responding to the call for collaboration by Nobumichi Asai (WOW). The latest work to utilize real-time tracking and face projection mapping using a state-of-the art, 1000-fps projector and ultrahigh-speed sensing, “INORI Prayer” has been released. This project began when songs were created about ‘life,’ a theme proposed by Tanigawa, who acted as the project’s director. Creative and Technical Director Asai (WOW) and CG Director Shingo Abe (WOW) completed visual production and programming based on inspiration they obtained from the songs. Aya Sato added the choreography, and TOKYO, led by Taniguchi, completed the project by making it into a video.
“Radioactive” is the inspiration that Asai felt from music. “Radioactive” wields destructive power, and from that brings death, suffering, and sadness. And then, the opportunity to overcome those things. Accompanied by the overwhelming performance of AyaBambi, a visual synchronization of black tears, skulls, faces being severed, Noh masks of agony and the Heart Sutra have sublimated into a single piece of work. The face mapping system made it possible to follow intense performances, which was impossible until now, thanks to the use of the state-of-the-art, 1000-fps projector DynaFlash and ultrahigh-speed sensing. The initial dilemma of speeding up the tracking to the detriment of performance latitude was resolved by the WOW team, Professor Watanabe, and Tomoaki Teshima (EXVISION), who trimmed several milliseconds during a trial and error period that lasted approximately three months, enabling the completion of this system. The projected image looks like it is integrated into part of the skin, and the expressions on a subject’s face, when it is distorted or transformed, are exponentially enhanced."
Nobumichi Asai graduated from the Department of Science, Tohoku University. Currently belongs to WOW Inc. Creative/Technical Director/Media Artist. He is globally acclaimed with face mapping for Lady Gaga at the Grammys 2016, “Connected Colors” for Intel’s global campaign, the laser hologram “Light of Birth” exhibited at La Triennale di Milano and “Ghost in the Shell Virtual Reality Diver”. He has led the field of projection mapping both nationally and internationally introducing “OMOTE” and SMAP’s “FACE-HACKING”. He is also invited to media art festivals all over the world as a keynote speaker and a judge. His works challenge innovative visual arts by bringing advertisement, design and both ideas of art and programming together. Received Jury Selection in Japan Media Arts Festival, Grand Prize in VFX AWARD 2015, Honorary Mention, Computer Animation/Film/VFX Award in Ars Electronica, and many other awards.
04.04.2017 // show complete article
Five sisters, a summer day, a little bit of fun... and a fatal chain reaction takes its course. 'Mustang' is the name of Director Deniz Gamze Ergüven's debut film which caused quite a furor at various festivals. Her story about sisterly love and self-determination is the French contender in the running for an Oscar in the category 'Best Foreign Language Film'. A must-see! We have the trailer for you on GoSee.
Synopsis – Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbor passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behavior to the girls’ family. The family overreacts, removing all “instruments of corruption,” like cell phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives in Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s debut, a powerful portrait of female empowerment.
Nominee – Best Foreign Language Film – 2016 Academy Awards
Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival 2015 Directors' Fortnight
Special Presentation – Toronto International Film Festival 2015
Winner – Heart of Sarajevo Award, Sarajevo Film Festival 2015
Winner – Europa Cinemas Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2015
Winner – Audience Award, Chicago International Film Festival 2015
Winner – Best First Film Award, Philadelphia Film Festival 2015
15.02.2016 // show complete article
What if it happened to you? AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL turned the tables in a film showing Europeans, who are running for their lives - a German mother and her son. The intention of the film is to help people feel empathy with others and show more solidarity out of compassion. A truly noble motive. But equally important is the fact that Germany, Europe, or the world for that matter would have never been able to continue to exist without the support of other gene pools - and if a closed system had ever been able to persist, then certainly not for very long.
This is not the first mass migration; we are not the first civilization; this is not our land. We live here, and we are lucky. And we are also very lucky to be given the opportunity to meet such amazing people, who have found their way to our country enduring great hardships, and that the magnificent genes of their bodies, minds, and souls are standing on the steps of our wide-open doors. We want a diverse Europe, and also the most-ethnically colorful Germany possible, and a Germany that sets an example for others to follow. This is exactly how we feel at GoSee and the prevailing mood in our families and amongst our friends and neighbors. amnesty.org
03.09.2015 // show complete article