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Still Be Here – Performance / Installation with Hatsune Miku

transmediale + CTM

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Still Be Here
Performance / Installation with Hatsune Miku. Initiated by Mari Matsutoya in collaboration with Laurel Halo, Darren Johnston, LaTurbo Avedon, and Martin Sulzer

 

“I want you to re-make me. I sing and exist only for you.”

 

Commissioned by CTM Festival and transmediale for their joint 2016 editions, Still Be Here is a unique collaborative performance that draws us into the multiplying realities of a 21st Century pop star, and traces the dynamics at play between fans, corporations, and social desires.

Since her 2007 launch in Japan, Hatsune Miku (whose name means “first sound of the future”) has become the ultimate pop star, developed from a vocal synthesizer product into a globally adored and collaboratively constructed cyber celebrity with a growing user community, countless stadium performances as a virtual 3D projection and more than 100,000 songs released worldwide.

Still Be Here explores Hatsune Miku as the crystallization of collective desires, embodied in the form of a teal-haired virtual idol, forever 16. In watching the deconstruction of this perfect star, the audience comes to the uncanny realization that Miku is simply an empty vessel onto which we project our own various fantasies. In this void, the topology of desire within a networked community becomes tangible and Miku becomes an allegory of the commodified female body as governed by corporate regulation and normative social etiquette. The performance critically deconstructs this body and speculates on opportunities to transgress it through means of appropriation.

Following an idea initiated and conceptualized by artist Mari Matsutoya, Still Be Here is collectively created with music producer Laurel Halo, award-winning choreographer and visual artist Darren Johnston, virtual artist LaTurbo Avedon, and produced by digital artist Martin Sulzer. This project presents a unique arrival of aesthetics between the participating artists, in their search for the identity of Hatsune Miku. The performance/installation employs a collage methodology with user-generated lyrics, referencing many other contributors and countless online authors and creative commons users, whose works will be further interpreted and given new meaning.

Currently in production, Still Be Here is in part developed at a residency at Metal this November 2015, and will premiere as a joint highlight of the CTM/transmediale 2016 festivals before travelling to Donaufestival and the Barbican later in the year.

 


 

Commissioned and produced by CTM Festival and transmediale, in collaboration with Donaufestival, the Barbican and Metal.

This work features adaptations of Hatsune Miku  © Crypton Future Media, Inc. www.piapro.net. Hatsune Miku is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC.

This is a non-profit event, organized independently from Crypton Future Media.

Access to one of the two performances is granted to holders of the CTM+transmediale Connect Pass Gold and the CTM 2016 Pass Gold.

Tickets can not be refunded or exchanged. 

 

Hatsune Miku – Still Be Here © Image: LaTurbo Avedon/ Crypton Future Media, Inc. 2007

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Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin
Germany

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transmediale + CTM

transmediale is a Berlin-based festival and year-round project that draws out new connections between art, culture and technology. The activities of transmediale aim at fostering a critical understanding of contemporary culture and politics as saturated by media technologies. In the course of its 31 year history, the annual transmediale festival has turned into an essential event in the calendar of media art professionals, artists, activists and students from all over the world.

http://www.transmediale.de

CTM is a prominent international festival dedicated to contemporary electronic, digital and experimental music, as well as the diverse range of artistic activities in the context of sound and club cultures. Since 1999 it takes place concurrently and cooperatively with the transmediale - international festival for art and digital culture, Berlin.

http://www.ctm-festival.de/

 

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