Kamuy Symphonia – All Projections
Upopoy, The Ainu National Museum, opened in Shiraoicho, Hokkaido July 2020, is Japan’s first national facility that shares the history and culture of the indigenous Ainu people. It consists of a folklore museum, interactive field museum, and an Ainu symbiotic park–a hub to revive and develop Ainu culture.
Working with JKD Collective, it was my great privilege to direct the massive projection mapping & lighting show which happens nightly at the museum. This 14-minute delicate and dynamic animation is almost fully hand-drawn, and perfectly synced to a soul-stirring bespoke music piece composed by Oki of the famous Dub Ainu Band, and Kuniyuki Takahashi, Sapporo-based and internationally renowned Japanese electronic musician and producer. It is a modern interpretation that seeks to make the viewer viscerally feel the genesis myth of Ainu culture.
The main film is projected onto the massive Cultural Exchange Hall, with additional animation and lighting projected onto the surrounding hills, trees, river, and deer sculptures on the site. This is in tandem with the music coming from a world-class sound system and myriad speakers installed throughout the grounds. Moving colored lights and LEDs set up in various places across the vast site are synced tightly with the music and animation to bring about a mystical and immersive spatial presentation that pulls the audience in.
Four hand-animators led by Ryoji Yamada, and including Onohana, Yutaro Kubo, and Tatsuyoshi Ariyoshi–each amazing artists in their own right–joined their considerable talents and styles to create the most astonishing and authentic expression possible through their synergy. The opening and ending animation, inspired by traditional Ainu textiles, was created by Shotaro Tomiyama and Ko Kudo from the JKD visual team.
This video shows the raw animations created for the various projections around the site, and how they sync up. To see the whole show in-situ, check out my Kamuy Symphonia – Projection Mapping and Light Show video.
If you plan to visit Hokkaido, make your way to Upopoy and don’t miss it!
Production Companies: JKD Collective, Hatch
Creative Director: Bruce Ikeda
Director / Art Director / Editor: Shane Lester
Producers: Ryoichiro Honma, Bruce Ikeda
Production Manager: Nakaba Futagi
Creative Agency: Drill
Executive Creative Director: Naoya Hosokawa
Creative Director / Content Writer: Jun Nishida
Technical Producer: Keisaku Ibuki
Assistant Producer: Masakazu Otsuka
Music / Sound Design: OKI, Kuniyuki Takahashi
Music Director / Producer: Bruce Ikeda
Lead Animator: Ryoji Yamada
Animators: Onohana, Yutaro Kubo, Tatsuhiro Ariyoshi
Designer: Shotaro Tomiyama
Motion Design for opening and ending: Ko Kudo
Technical Coordinator: Yoshiaki Ishigaya
Online Editor: Tomoyo Kubota
MA mixer: Yuji Murata
Post Production: TTR, PPC
Audio Visual Hardware: AVC, CAV, HOMMAGE, Kyowa Tsushin
Lighting Hardware: Kawamoto Stage Lighting Design, Horizont Art, TELMIC
Control system : aircord
Art object (deer) direction: kaibutsu
Art object (deer) production: R.mond, Bremen
Construction Producer: Takusan
Construction: HOKKAIDO ART CENTER, SAKURA KOGEI
Power Supply: MITSUHO ELECTRIC
AR Guide System: BASSDRUM