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An expanded cinema project, 5 channels, 38 mins, 2017.

An expanded cinema project mixing sampled animation with live documentary scenes shot in Tokyo. It revolves around Hatsune Miku, the feminine manga personification of a synthesizer software created for promotional purposes and to enhance user engagement. Any content related to Miku is fan-created, from her music and lyrics to animation. In Japan she became a cult figure, a cyber diva who even performs live as a hologram.

This project explores the merger of fantasy into everyday reality by a cosplay enactment of the figure, performed by the artist herself along hardcore Miku fans in Japan and excerpts from an abundance of fan-made music and animation. Hatsune Miku is a phenomenon of our time, of a participatory fan culture that stimulates creativity while providing free marketing for the title brand. The same can be said of social media, where users are both the producers of content and its consumers in a cycle that inevitably impacts our collective fantasies.



2017 B3 Biennial of the Moving Image, Frankfurt.   *Best Artwork Award.

2018 Japan Media Arts Festival. *Jury Selection.

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Installation view during Kasseler Dokfest 2018, at the Kasseler Kulturbahnhof.

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