inori (prayer)

July 05, 2017

AyaBambi and the University of Tokyo’s Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory are a match made in futurism. 

What's above is something from the future. Projections mapped over dancers faces in real time morph the pair into menacing skulls, gap toothed clowns and unsettlingly creepy, unhinged dolls as they move to the music.

The engimatic, unbearably stylish dance duo AyaBambi teamed up with the artist Nobumichi Asai, the design studio WOW, and the University of Tokyo’s Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory for this one, which they called INORI (prayer). 

The University of Tokyo designed a high-speed projector that moves at 1,000 frames per second - they say it's currently the world’s fastest. Pairing the projector with a 3D-mapping system and precise sensor tracking gave the creators this effect - at once disturbing and mind-altering. We can't stop watching.