Suguru Goto: Artistic Direction, Concept, Music,
Programming, Development of BodySuit
Chiharu Otake: BodySuit I Performance, Dance
Mamoru Sakata: BodySuit II Performance, Dance
Laurent Forgues: Technical Assistant
Le Cube, France
Special thanks to Carine Le Malet
« Duali » is awarded for a Honorary Mention by the Digital Musics & Sound Art of Prix Ars Electronica 2013.
Motion Capture System (BodySuit I and BodySuit II), Interactive Video, and Sound
The idea of work is based upon the idea of performance on the context of new media, dance, music, and images, however it doesn’t really belong to any style, in fact. The controllers of gestures and other continuations, such as Wifi and programming are originally developed. Utilizing this, the work explors the extension of the potentialities in the relationship of man and machine. This performance specially exploits the interaction between the the body of the performers and the video images and the body of the performers, and the image and architetual/lightning-like image on stage, which can transform in real-time, thanks to his BodySuit.
This is based upon the concepts of Dualism. Non of them are not intended to show superior or inferior, however the both interacts each other, and at last to bring the new different contexts. For example, with its two dancers (which seem to be the opsite characters), it expresses the interaction between the video representation and the real bodies which is presented on scene.
In European pholosophy, this refers to “mind-body” or “mind-matter dualism”, e.g. Cartesian Dualism, and the Asian philosophy talks “physical dualism”, e.g. the Chinese Yin and Yang. For example, the stage of performance is regarded as space – architecture / time – body. The dancers consist of female – male / man – machine, and like these, the work expresses its ideas that seem to conflict each other, but as a matter of fact, these co-exist. The images consist of only white - black, and augmented body – virtual space, the music are sound – noise /expression – abstract, the choreography is meant for rationality – perception / body – machine. One can extent these abstract “dualistic” ideas into the conjunction of geographic and cultural mixtures between Asia and Europe, as well.
Detailed Description of the Gesture Controller – “BodySuit”
"BodySuit" is a name of the motion captured system and it intended for the use of the specific use of performance. This has 12 sensors, which are placed on each joint of the body, such as a wrist, an elbow, a shoulder on the left and right arm an ankle, a knee, and the beginning of the left leg and right leg. The sensors are placed on the outer sides of the arms and on the front sides of the legs and fixed on a suit. Furthermore, there are the IMU sensors, which are the combination of gyro and accelometer. The sensors are connected with Arduino, and the Wifi system sends the signals to a computer. At last, the signals of OSC are transmitted to the several computers with Max/MSP/Jitter and Processing in order to generate sound and image in real time.
This gesture doesn't have to be based upon playing a traditional controller or instrument, but could be liberated to become a larger gesture, like a mine. This allows for collaboration with a person in a different field, for instance a dancer or an actor. The audience easily observes this larger movement, which is different from the movement by fingers like performing an instrument. That is to say it can be well adapted to a performance and musical theater situation. Since this is not like a physical controller or instrument, which is held by hands, it allows to be collaborated with the idea, " Augmented Body" or "Extended Body" in the work. His body is amplified by electric signals to control something remotely or to be extended from his abstract gesture to a meaningful gesture.