Published Dec 04, 2015Digital pop phenomenon Hatsune Miku will be bringing her CGI act to North America for a tour in the new year, but she's also unveiled plans for a new project that finds her partnering up with electronic musician Laurel Halo.
A performance and installation for Berlin's CTM Festival will bring the two artists together, along with choreographer Darren Johnston, virtual artist LaTurbo Avedon and digital artist Martin Sulzer. The project was initiated by artist Mari Masutoya and has been titled Still Be Here.
The festival's website describes it as "a unique collaborative performance that draws us into the multiplying realities of a 21st century pop star" that will track "the dynamics at play between fans, corporations and social desires."
Using Miku as the pinnacle of a manufactured pop star — literally developed from a vocal synthesizer — the installation deconstructs the concept behind the digital singer, leaving the audience to come to the realization that "Miku is simply an empty vessel onto which we project our own various fantasies."
The festival's description explains that the performance will employ "a collage methodology with user-generated lyrics, referencing many other contributors and countless online authors and creative commons users, whose works will be further interpreted and given new meaning."
Still Be Here will debut at CTM on May 2, 2016.
Miku is currently running a crowdfunding campaign to improve the experience of her upcoming North American tour. You can find out more and contribute over here.