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Augmented Dance: “Eclipse/Blue” by Daito Manabe

A new music video by Japanese multimedia artist Daito Manabe transforms two dancers into abstracted, virtual versions of themselves in a live performance.

The video was commissioned by Californian-based musician Nosaj Thing for his latest single “Eclipse/Blue”. Inspired by the eclipse of the moon and sun, choreographer MIKIKO instructed dancers to move in a sequence while a Point Grey high-speed camera tracked their movements and projected them onto a background screen. The dancers’ movements were amplified as the projections reacted to their movements in real time.

Manabe is well known for his dance performances, which merge technology with the physicality of the human body. More recently he directed a video for FaltyDL, in which human hands pulsated to visualize the beat of the drumming in the single “Straight & Arrow”.

See our recent Futurist report, Soundsitive, in which we explore the new ways performance and sound are being enhanced through intuitive technology.

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