THE WORLD IS MINE

Documentary film, 68 mins, 2017.

 

Hatsune Miku is a co-creation platform, personified by a cute and oddly seductive animated character. Fans bring her to life by creating content that she “delivers”. Her entire persona: lyrics, music and animation – is fan created, and that's her charm.  In cosplay of Hatsune Miku, Ann Oren goes to Tokyo for a performative journey among these fans and explores the Miku phenomenon as the epitome of collective fantasy in our age of imminent mass production of crowd creativity.


The film examines the performative nature of cosplaying – dressing up and playing the role of fictional characters – as a hybrid space where reality blurs into fetishistic fantasies and pop culture clichés. Combining fan-made lyrics and songs, Oren's trials and tribulations in the fictional Miku world unfolds through vague erotic episodes and encounters with characters whose ontological status remains mysterious, bringing to mind the adventures of a modern Alice in a virtual Wonderland. “I sleep inside the display that depicts the end. And in that end, I will sing a song that only you wanted to hear.“ - Hatsune Miku

---The full film's screener is available here---

 


Festival highlights:
New Horizons International Film Festival, Wroclaw, Poland.  
DokLeipzig
Locarno Festival (with The Parders).
New Orleans Film Festival.
Tartu World Film Festival, Estonia.
NewFilmmakers New York, Anthology Film Archives, new York.
Vilnius Documentary Film Festival.


*Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (NBK) Video collection.

Awards:
B3 Moving Image Biennial, Frankfurt. *Best Artwork Award (as video installation)
DOKer Moscow International Documentary Film Festival. * Best IT documentary award.
Epos Film Festival, Tel-Aviv Museum. * Winner Israeli Films Competition



 

 

 

Director: Ann Oren

Producers:

Ann Oren

Motomi Haruyama

Dafne Narvaez Berlfein

Editors:

Isabell Spengler

Ann Oren

Cinematographer:

Hiroki Iwai

Sound Design and original Score:

Manuela Schinina

Featuring Songs by:

yukky

Online Editor:

Steve Sebban

Sound Mixer:

John Moros