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The Other in You

Richi Owaki (JP)
Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM] (JP)




URL:
http://www.ycam.jp/en/events/2017/the-other-in-you, https://youtu.be/OzNU4_W_cEM

The Other in You, developed as a new way to experience dance, has realized a novel dance audience experience. We assembled the cutting-edge Computer Graphics, haptic feedback device which directly express the dance to the body, 16 stereophony channels sound and research on Virtual Reality techniques to realize this work.

How can we relate to others, who are supposed to be distant from us? Do we really know what it is to "see”? The Other in You is an attempt to revive the notion of our body in relation to an object, a notion, which had been forgotten in the act of watching.

The movement of the dancer, Tomohiko Tsujimoto is captured with a motion capture system. The data is converted into 3DCG to create virtual dancers covered with black skin. Using VR technology, the views of the audience move freely during the performance and the dancers get very close to the audience—an unlikely situation with ordinary dance theater. In addition, screened by 3D sensor cameras, the audience members themselves virtually come to appear in the VR images.

The work is based on Richi Owaki’s meditations on the dance theater audience. Often, audiences are required to stay in fixed seats in the dark and quietly watch the stage. However, this is a recent phenomenon. It became the norm only after the modern theater system was established.

The Other in You sheds light on the physicality of the audience which we, including the audience themselves, have forgotten along the way. At some point during the performance, the point of sight of the viewer leaves their own body and they see themselves from above. This out-of-body sensation is a unique experience VR offers.

Playing with this phenomenon, Richi Owaki challenges the idea of “selfness.” The body we are seeing moves the same way as we move behind the helmet, but there is a sense that that body isn’t really our body. For Richi Owaki, watching dance is an act of “seeking others in oneself” or “oneself in others.” The title suggests we are not divided from each other, but rather an extension of one another.

Biografie:

Richi Owaki (JP)

Richi Owaki (JP), born in 1977, video engineer of artist group Dumb Type, which he accompanied on its memorandum tour. “Mediaturge” at YCAM InterLab, carrying out research and overseeing the media planning and operation of YCAM-hosted exhibitions and performances. Solo works include installation and performance pieces. In his installation series, skinslides (2009–present), he seeks to create a permanent preservation of the dancer’s movements. Awards for skinslides: The Grand Prize, the inaugural Jaguar Asia Tech Art Prize, Art Taipei 2015 (2015), Art Division Jury’s selection, 16th Japan Media Arts Festival (2012). http://newclear.jp

Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]

Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, commonly known as YCAM which is an art center located in Yamaguchi City, Japan. YCAM owns YCAM InterLab which is internal research and development team. Made up of about 20 resident staff members with various skills in the fields of curation, education, engineering and design, the team plays a leading role in various YCAM programs, from the conception and production of works to the development of workshop contents, in collaboration with local citizens, artists, researchers and engineers. The team have been collaborating with many international artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Carsten Nicolai, Zach Lieberman and others since 2003.

Credits:
Concept/directed by Richi Owaki (YCAM InterLab)
Co-developed with YCAM InterLab


Dance: Tomohiko Tsujimoto
Music / Sound design: Kazuhisa Uchihashi
Sound system engineering: Junji Nakaue (YCAM InterLab), Takayuki Ito (YCAM InterLab)
Sound recording: Junji Nakaue (YCAM InterLab), Mitsuhito Ando (YCAM InterLab)
Visual programming/System Direction: Satoru Higa
CG direction: Takeshi Yoong (Jitto), Tai Komatsu (Cai)
CG cooperation: Fumie Takahara (YCAM InterLab), Taku Ota
Sensing system operation: Nariaki Iwatani (anno lab)
Motion Analysis: Takuto Shimizu
Helmet for HMD: Mitsuhito Ando (YCAM InterLab)
Technical management : Takuro Iwata (YCAM InterLab)
Production management : Clarence Ng(YCAM InterLab)
Technical support : Etsuko Nishimura, Yanobutai
Coordination: Kyoko Ifuku, Asumi Kitahori (YCAM InterLab)
Supervisor: Takayuki Ito (YCAM InterLab)
Curator: Akiko Takeshita (YCAM InterLab)


Commissioned by Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]