Excerpts from the live session by Emi & Shin Hirai_Usaginingen (Japan·Germany)), awarded by the jury in the Reykjavík Visual Music Competition.
January 31st 2014 at HARPA (Reykjavík Concert Hall, Iceland)
Reykjavík Visual Music · Punto y Raya Festival.
The concept behind this visual music piece is the Birth of Earth.
The usaginingen team invented their own machines seeking to delight and suprise their audience, as people not only can enjoy the performance on the screens, but also feel the light explosions all around them, and witness the performers’ movements on stage.
The Visual machine «TA-CO» has a camera, a kind of an animation table with four layers, water-basins, coloured ink, beads, mirrors, prisms, and lots more.
The Music machine «SHIBAKI» is some kind of a percussion kit, connected to a MIDI controller and to a string instrument.
The artist duo usaginingen is comprised of Shinichi Hirai (1977, Kagawa·Japan) and Emi Hirai (1980 Kanagawa·Japan), a married couple currently based in Germany.
They create graphic design, movies, music and live performances. During their performances, they play a self-made analogue visual machine and a music instrument. Both elements are prototypes, the only ones in the world.
They mainly perform at Museums, Galleries and Universities throughout Europe and Japan.
“Asia Degital Art Award 2011” – Selected
“Asia Pacific Advertising Festival Bronze” Selected
«Graphic Design in Japan” – Received
“RemarkabIe CM competition” – Selected
“New York oneshow silver” – Received
“Museum storing prize”by Joshi Art Univercity – Received
The Reykjavík Visual Music · Punto y Raya Festival took place from January 30th to February 2nd 2014 at HARPA (the Reykjavík Concert Hall).