Nosaj Thing & Daito Manabe (US+JP)


In 2012, Nosaj Thing linked up with creative technologist Daito Manabe for a music video, “Eclipse/ Blue,” turning 2D projection mapping on its ear. In 2015, Daito followed up with a new music video for “Cold Stares” which employed augmented reality, dancing drones and motion capture. Later that year, they embarked together on the US premiere of the “No Reality” AV Tour, their first live collaboration.

In 2016, Nosaj Thing and Daito Manabe premiered their new live audio-visual show. The show featured technology front-and-center, with applications drawn and evolved from their their previous collaborations on Nosaj Thing’s music videos, which took upon themes of dystopianism and artificial intelligence. “The result,” writes Wired UK, “is both jarring and seamless, shifting between real and virtual realities so quickly that the line between the two worlds vanishes.”

Daito has become well-known in the music space for his work with artists like Björk, Squarepusher, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Perfume, with which he premiered some of these same techniques during their premiere SXSW performance. Press has praised the effectiveness of Daito’s focus on switching between worlds, and portraying technology as a force in art. The goal of the No Reality collaboration, is just that, to artfully allow the audience to transcend reality, for a transportive live audio-visual experience.

The pairing has won much acclaim including a Prix Ars Electronica Award  in 2016. In 2017, they will continue to evolve the No Reality show,  play with perceptions and wow audiences.

System Development and Visual Design: Yuya Hanai (Rhizomatiks Research)

Visual Design and Programming: Satoshi Horii (Rhizomatiks Research)

Supported by Rhizomatiks Research