During Art Basel Miami, many of the works on display were grandiose and ostentatious. By comparison, Washington D.C.–based interactive digital art group Artechouse’s bare, pared-down set — a cube covered in translucent veils on a black stage — truly stood out. But as simple as things seemed initially, once the performance, Hakanaï, began, video projection mapping, CGI, and sensors created incredible 3-D images that moved along with a solo dancer who took center stage. The audience watched from three sides as she danced a 40-minute meditation exploring the relationship between humanity and technology.
Hakanaï means “ephemeral” or “transitory” in Japanese, and this concept was embodied in a variety of captivating visual projections that reflected different moods. Sometimes the light projections were pulsating and brisk; other times a flurry of numbers and letters created an effect not unlike an enchanted forest. None of the elements of the performance — dance, visuals, music — were prerecorded, which ensured that each experience was unique and immersive.
“Everything is generated and animated in real time,” choreographer Claire B. explained. “No recorded video. Everything is live.”