1. kagami / Real-Time Face Generator

    ‘kagami’ means a mirror in Japanese. ‘kagami / Real-Time Face Generator’ is an installation, which features ‘3D mirror,’ capable of replicating a person’s face in three dimensions.
    The installation’s face scanner scans a participant’s face, and a computer converts the scan into 3D modeling data. On the basis of this data, around 5,000 rods are moved forward by a motor, creating a 3D face in real time. The face then becomes a canvass for the theme of ‘Kacho Fugetsu’, which means beauties of nature in Japanese, as electric makeup art featuring morning glory, bamboo, butterflies, kingfishers, ibis, sunsets, cherry blossoms, moon etc. is projected onto its surface.
    This work is the result of a collaboration between WOW and a project team from Kao Corporation, who drew their inspiration from the ‘OMOTE’ project. It took one year to produce, from planning through to completion. It has been established as an exhibit at Kao’s COCOLAB museum, founded in September this year.
    Nobumichi Asai (WOW) acted as creative and technical director for ‘kagami’ and ‘Kacho Fugetsu,’ overseeing the planning and development of the project. Noboru Tomizawa, who also collaborated on ‘Connected Colors’, oversaw the makeup art. Beautiful makeup art provides a base over which WOW’s CG animation is projected to evoke the vivacity and motion of nature. Music was provided by hatis noit, using a tonal palette exclusively composed of sounds from nature. Using sounds from her native Hokkaido, the sound of the wind over the plains, running water, bird song etc., hatis noit creates a sound-scape drawn from her own memories.

    Digital fabrication has been predominant around the world as the popularity of 3D printers represents. This work can be included in the trend. The definitions of ‘thing’ and ‘information’ are basically opposite, but they are equivalent in our mind in the age of digital fabrication. In a way, we can say our ‘existence’ is composed of ‘collection of meaningful information (= code)’. In the human body, a spherule called a ribosome reads the sequence of DNA and transfers 20 different amino acids to produce protein. In the past, we thought that human lives were analogue and organic, which was different to the idea of digital computing. But human lives are supported by the idea like 3D printing in its essence. Cloning is done by copying DNA. And this idea expands to ethical issues with artificial cloning of organisms, which are still controversial. Experiencing this installation, you may be shocked. You should be one of a kind, but your ‘existence’ is reproduced with this. So, the title ‘kagami’ includes the meaning ‘you face your “existence”’.

    related works
    kacho-fugetsu / real-time face tracking and projection mapping
    vimeo.com/186075386

    connected colors
    vimeo.com/149727840

    人間の顔を立体的に生成する「立体鏡」インスタレーション。体験者の顔をフェイススキャナーでスキャンすると、コンピューター上で3Dモデルデータが生成。そのデータをもとに、約5000本のロッドがモーターにより押し出され、リアルタイムに立体的な「顔」が造り出されます。その「顔」に、「花鳥風月」をテーマにした朝顔、竹、蝶、カワセミ、トキ、夕焼け、桜、金(月)などをモチーフとしたエレクトリック・メイクアップアートがプロジェクションされます。

    Background

    3Dプリンターに象徴されるデジタルファブリケーションが世界的な潮流となっていますが、この作品もその渦中にあるものと言えます。「モノ」と「情報」は本来、対極的な概念ですが、デジタルファブリケーション以降、「モノ」と「情報」が等価であると捉えられつつあります。本質的には「存在」自体が「意味のある情報の配列(=code)」によって成り立っていると言えます。人間の場合、DNAがリボゾームという小球体に読み込まれ、20種類のアミノ酸に置き換えされることでタンパク質が生成され、体が作られていきます。これまで生命はアナログかつオーガニックな存在で、デジタルなコンピューティングの対極にあるものと考えられていましたが、本質的には生命の生成は3Dプリンティングな概念に支えられており、DNAの複製によってクローニング(生殖)されています。この延長線上には、生命の人為的クローニングという概念が横たわっており、倫理的な問題が議論されています。このインスタレーションを実際に体験するとある種のショックを感じます。それは、本来無二であるはずの自分という「存在」が複製されてしまったことに対するショックかもしれません。だから、この作品のタイトル「kagami」には、「自分という「存在」に向き合う」という意味を込められています。

    【Project Member】
    Creative Director : Nobumichi Asai [WOW]
    Director : Shingo Abe [WOW]
    Cg Designer : Tsutomu Miyajima [WOW]
    Cg Designer : Ryo Kitabatake [WOW]
    Producer : Shinichi Saeki [WOW]
    Project Manager : Ayaka Motoyoshi [WOW]
    Technical Director : Nobumichi Asai [WOW]
    Technical Director : Atsushi Yoshimura [WOW]
    Software Development : Fumihiko Saito/Ryusei Ito/Kimihiro Katayama/Yuya Takasu [Solidray]
    Hardware Development : Yoshihiro Watanabe [Kastam]
    Videographer : Kimihiro Morikawa
    Editor : Masanori Yamaguchi [REELVISION Co., Ltd.]
    Colorist : Takatoshi Suzuki
    Movie Retoucher : Masanori Obe [foton inc.]
    Music & Vocalist : hatis noit
    Model : Nanami [FLOS inc.]
    【Special Thanks】
    foton inc.
    Spacevision, Inc.
    Kao COCOLAB Project

    contact
    nobumichiasi.com

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  2. Deluxe's Method Studios was tapped by production company RSA to concept and create this year’s AICP Sponsor Reel. The AICP awards celebrate global creativity within commercial production. The Method team wanted to create an entertaining piece of design that encapsulates the innovative and prolific nature of this industry. Our aim was to showcase the AICP sponsors as various dancing avatars, which playfully reference the visual effects used throughout production. Motion capture, procedural animation and dynamic simulations combine to create a milieu of iconic pop dance moves that become an explosion of colorful fur, feathers, particles and more.

    CREDITS

    Client: AICP/RSA
    Project: 2016 AICP Sponsor Reel

    Concept, Design & Direction: Method Design
    Director: Rupert Burton
    Creative Director: Jon Noorlander
    Art Director: Johnny Likens

    Production: Method Studios NY
    Producer: Adrienne Mitchell

    VFX: Method Studios
    Houdini FX Artist: Tomas Slancik
    Houdini FX Artist: Vraja Parra
    Rigger: Ohad Bracha

    Motion Capture: House of Moves
    Motion Capture Supervision: Rupert Burton, Shane Griffin
    Dancers: Latonya Swann, Guapo Clarke

    Music: Major Lazer - Light It Up (Remix)

    design.methodstudios.com

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  3. Art&Graft were tasked with designing and developing a series of eight idents for Adult Swim.

    The films introduce a tech-savvy Granny & Grandpa with serious attitude. Bored in their mundane worlds, they decide to take a trip into virtual reality. The idents come alive as they delve into hyped-up scenes of retro gaming with a flurry of colour, sound and pixels.

    artandgraft.com/portfolio/adult-swim-idents

    Concept, Design & Animation by Art&Graft

    Sound Design : Dave Meckin

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  5. Our titles for the critically acclaimed BBC / AMC co-production.

    A visual collision of exquisite luxury and industrialised violence.

    Created at Elastic
    Director: Patrick Clair

    Designers: Paul Kim, Jeff Han, Kevin Heo, Felix Soletic, Nick Miller
    Lead Animator: Raoul Marks,
    Animators: Yongsub Song, Lucy Kim
    Special Thanks : Angus Wall

    Producer: Zach Wakefield
    Pitch Producer: Carol Collins
    Coordinator: Danny Hirsch
    Head of Production: Kim Christensen
    Executive Producer: Jennifer Sofio Hall

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