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Fantasy Reverse Engineering Vol. 1 Digital Tech in Music Performances on TV: How do they do it?


This talk sheds light on the use of technology in performance from an engineering perspective. Discover more about digital creativity and technology through examples of well-known high-tech performances.

Fantasy Reverse Engineering Vol. 1
Digital Tech in Music Performances on TV: How do they do it?

Date: January 6 (Fri) 18:00-20:00
Guests: Higa Satoru (programmer, visual artist), Ito Yuya (technical director)
Moderator: Tabei Katsuhiko (Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT])
Admission Free
*Streamed by CCBT on Twitter Spaces (https://twitter.com/ccb_tokyo)

In recent years, technology is often used as part of performances and staging, including for entertainment like TV shows and music videos, outdoor events like light displays and projection mapping, and advertising like promotional events. These demonstrate a range of different technologies and ideas from art and design, made in collaboration with talented practitioners from the field of digital creativity.
The talk looks at examples of digital performance and staging from everyday life, exploring the technology and engineering used to achieve the effects. Engineers with firsthand experience of the methods provide exclusive explanations, and introduce the state of social implementation of digital tech in artistic contexts as well as ways to apply the latest technologies.
The first in this new series of talks focuses on the use of digital technology for music performances on popular TV shows. The event will also be streamed by CCBT on Twitter Spaces (https://twitter.com/ccb_tokyo).

Higa Satoru (programmer, visual artist)

Drawing on his involvement with various projects and advanced programming technology like real-time 3D graphics and computer vision, Higa Satoru works prolifically in installations, stage directing, VJing, live performance, and virtual reality. From 2012 to 2015, he was a member of Rhizomatiks, directing Perfume’s live performance at the 64th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen end-of-year television special, and contributing to Sakamoto Ryuichi and Manabe Daito’s Sensing Streams (Sapporo International Art Festival 2014). In 2015, Higa founded backspacetokyo. His output includes directing millennium parade’s live music performances using 3D stereoscopic and XR technology as well as creating and doing research and development for installations. He is a specially appointed professor at Aichi University of the Arts.

photo: Yamaguchi Mayuko

Ito Yuya (technical director)

Ito Yuya launched a theater company while still a theater student at Kindai University’s Faculty of Literature, Arts and Cultural Studies. He later studied at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences, undertaking creative practice and research based on his performance activities. After graduating from IAMAS, he worked at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, and then as a technician at such venues as NTT InterCommunication Centre and Civic Creative Base Tokyo. Ito is active across various fields like media art, contemporary art, and theater/performance as an artist’s production assistant (specializing in programming and plastic arts), event operator, and stage manager. As a member of DrillBros, he also explores the relationship between moving image (film/video) and live performance.

photo: Okamoto Akio

Tabei Katsuhiko (Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT])

After graduating from university, Tabei Katsuhiko worked as a mold designer for a plastic parts manufacturer. In 2007, he completed postgraduate studies at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences. In his subsequent roles as systems manager at IAMAS, technician at the Kyoto University of the Arts Ultra Factory, assistant at the Tokyo University of the Arts Art Media Center, and technical director at Super Factory, Tabei has employed digital fabrication equipment as well as woodworking and metalworking techniques. Harnessing his experience of making media art from his university days, he serves as director of MeAM studio, undertaking exhibition installation and media art restoration and maintenance. In 2022, he was involved in launching Civic Creative Base Tokyo as its technical director.