Parted - Body Tracking & Projection Mapping
Parted is a collaboration between Daisuke Hashimoto, Paul Lacroix and Yae Doi.
It is starring the Japanese artist Mari Katayama.
Director & Writer
LIL VISUAL ARTS STUDIO
Planner & Producer
Best Boy Electric
Hair and Makeup Artist & Art Director
Projector Technical Director
Projector Chief Engineer
Projector Assistant Director
Projector Assistant Engineer
3D Mesh & Rigger
MORIO Co., Ltd.
A word from the creators
An atypical substance crawls around and erodes a woman's body, evolving and transforming all along. It is a metaphor for the complexities and inconsistencies resulting from physical deficiencies.
The feeling gradually becomes a mixture of pleasure and disgust. Finally, this muddy mixture quits her body and vanishes like a phantom.
Technology is not an end in itself but can be considered as a way of expressing ideas and sharing emotions. It provides a dynamic canvas to be combined with traditional arts like painting, makeup or dancing.
Though it remains an essential part of the creation, the challenge is to push its limits enough to make it flawless and natural, while trying to maintain a delicate balance with the other fields it is coupled with.
Throughout several facial projection mapping projects, I have been thinking about the universal question of the relationship between identity and technology. In Parted, the purpose was to combine this theme with the beauty of the human body, also make people reflect toward taboo in our society. We all sometimes seem to see everything and see nothing.
Although this was a very personal intuition and inspiration, I have been searching for a body model that I found most beautiful, Mari Katayama, a Japanese artist with prostheses on both legs.
Behind The Scenes
Some technical details
When we started the project, we really wanted to convene the feeling of the content flowing over the model body, reacting to her most subtle movements.
Projecting on a face or a bust requires precision, but the shape itself does not vary a lot. In our case, bones and muscles are moving freely. By using an infrared camera, the system tracks multiple reflective markers placed on the skin. They guide the real-time deformation of a CG model and make it fit the shape of the body.
Parted video is Copyright (c) 2020 by Daisuke Hashimoto, Paul Lacroix, Yae Doi and Mari Katayama