ART for SDGs: Kitakyushu Art Festival Imagining Our Future
September 29, 2021
A video work realized in collaboration between Rhizomatiks and Yaskawa Electric Corporation, a world-class industrial robotics company based in Kitakyushu,Japan.

Since ancient times, shadows have played a central role in many games and works of art. In a modern exploration of the expressive potential of shadow, this project used an industrial robot arm to create dancing shadows on a screen, based solely on the positioning of a pair of light sources and geometric objects. Employing lighting fade-ins, cut-ins, cut-outs, and other techniques, the project reconstructed the simple movements of two shadows and light as a compelling video work.

In the exhibition space, images of light and shadow danced across a 16:9 aspect ratio screen in sync with music. The two-dimensional shadows were created by a pair of light sources and cast by precision robot arms that moved two geometric objects shaped from the poses of dancers taken with a 3D scanner.

The result is an experimental attempt to primitively examine the relationship between light and shadow, 2D and 3D, human and robot movement, and the relationship between them.

*This artwork was commissioned for the exhibition "ART for SDGs: Kitakyushu Art Festival Imagining Our Future (2021).”
Artist : Rhizomatiks
Concept / Curcuit Design : Motoi Ishibashi (Rhizomatiks)
Interaction / Lighting Design : Daito Manabe (Rhizomatiks)
Hardware Design : Youichi Sakamoto (Rhizomatiks)
CG Simulation : Aya Takamatsu (Rhizomatiks)
Craft : Toshitaka Mochizuki (Rhizomatiks)
Technical Support : Shintaro Kamijo (Rhizomatiks)
Project Management : Takao Inoue (Rhizomatiks)
Production Support : Saki Ishikawa (Rhizomatiks)
Music : “h/e/a/r/t” by krakaur

Technical Cooperation : YASKAWA Electric Corporation