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Kagemu X Black Sun X Paris

Take a look at this incredible art/dance piece by Artist Nobuyuki Hanabusa and dancer Katsumi Sakakura, together known as Kagemu.

Kagemu’s Black Sun is a meticulously choreographed projection of motiongraphics onto dance, combining traditional and modern elements of Japanese culture and martial arts. Artist Nobuyuki Hanabusa and dancer Katsumi Sakakura, together known as Kagemu, have since been widely imitated by others, including Beyoncé.

Orientarhythm, created in 1991, is an original dance style that features the movement and the rhythm of the Karate and Kabuki. That is: the traditional culture of Japan with Street dance. Japan’s traditional culture has “Japanese Cool” crystallized in it. Kagemu first started to study the uniqueness of Japan’s traditional culture, and realized that Karate stances and Kabuki poses have distinct rhythm and movements. They extracted this rhythm and movement, and combined it with street dance to create a totally new type of dance.

Below, Hanabusa talks about the creative process behind the innovative performance and his take on the Beyoncé story. 

What is your artistic background? How did you come to work in the medium of projected motion graphics?

Nobuyuki Hanabusa: I am very influenced by Ukiyoe (Japanese woodblock prints) artists such as Hokusai Katsushika, but more than that, Japanese comics and movies with VFX like Star Wars have influenced me a lot. I love to imagine invisible things from childhood.

Black Sun draws on traditional Japanese theater, martial arts and aesthetics to create something totally modern. How did you collaborate with Orientarhythm to develop this piece? What was your inspiration?   

When I was thinking about creating something mixed of live action and video picture, I met Orientarhythm and we created the unit called Kagemu.  Since space on dance stages is limited, we came up with this process that enables our performance with simple equipment. After a continuing process of trial and error, Katsumi Sakakura, the dancer, and I refined our idea.

There has always been a culture in Japan that values the minimum, such as the simplest design expresses the perspective of the world. The culture takes root in graphics and influences Black Sun, which leads us to portray Japan without images like ‘geisha’ or ‘Fujiyama.’

In addition, Orientarhythm introduces into their dances the motion of Japanese fighting sports. It is traditional but also gives people a modern impression as the dances are connected with modernistic elements of motion graphics.

We could not do Black Sun without Orientarhythm, Sakakura’s original style. He originated Orientarhythm by combining street dance with the intermittent rhythm and straight-line motion of Japanese traditional culture such as Karate and Kabuki.

How did you create the imagery used in the piece?

Here is the process of the movie.  First, I shoot the dances and scan the data into a computer. I analyze the motion of a dancer one frame at a time and lay out my graphics in an appropriate position.  By continuing this process, I create the animation linked with the dancer.

The Creators Project recently wrote about the debate around Beyoncé’s 2011 Billboard Awards performance vs. Lorella Cuccarini’s 2010 performance, tracing the inspiration for both back to your work in 2009. How do you feel about the situation?  

I think all creators in the modern world are influenced by old pieces in some way. In that sense, a purely original piece does not exist. However, as long as the creators have pride in themselves, I believe they will pursue a new piece or originality. As one of the creators, I honestly regret this case and want the world to know that our performance is the original one.

What’s next for you?

Kagemu is currently working on a new piece with a different style from Black Sun. For my personal works, I am thinking about creating motion pictures that enable viewers to participate in the pieces.

For more videos by Nobuyuki Hanabusa, see
To see more work by Orientarhythm, visit

Interview via The Atlantic


February 6, 2012 at 22:29 Leave a comment

Crack Cats X Phomer Pack

Mr. Phomer presents the CAT PACK at the  Character Totem Home-Coming exhibition by Inkygoodness at the  Zellig space, Birmingham. Featuring the coolest Totems and the awesome work of  Mc Bess, Uberkraaft, Billy, Loulou & Tummie, El Tobe and many, many more.

July 29, 2011 at 03:16 2 comments

Jucapinga X Facing Kabu

Jucapinga has made is show visible to the audience last Friday night in London, with “Facing Kabu”. His dedication and master degrees in mafia studies, gangsters and the goodfellas is pretty evident in his works, so what better place to host a show than an old Police Station. Talk about details. You can still visit the show for the next days, ending this Friday 11th at 7pm. Dont’ miss the opportunity to give it a look in person. Pics inside from the night, as usual, thanks to the great guys at Plasticina.

Via Stick To Target

February 9, 2011 at 00:51 Leave a comment

Rebel Junglist X Mattieux X Prophecy

This is a mashup of real jungle music for junglist rebel rockers. Tester & Congo Natty. Made in Lisbon 2010. Rebel Junglist X Mattieux X Prophecy. “Can you picture my Prophecy?” 2Pac. Check it Out:

Rebel Junglist – Tester Natty Ruffness
Via Mattieux on Vimeo.

October 20, 2010 at 04:54 Leave a comment

Cleon Peterson’s Anxiety-riddled World

In Cleon Peterson’s anxiety-riddled world, violence is the status quo. His dystopian scenes evoke Thomas Hobbes’ description of life as war between individuals: “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Many of Peterson’s paintings feature images of hostility removed from any scenery that might bring reason to bear a sense of justness to the brutality; the only context given is the mélange of evisceration coating the floor. In other works, the setting is a cityscape where storefronts only serve to indulge the base narcissism and vice taking place on the streets.

Where one might sense that Peterson’s characters occupy a lawless world, there is rather a significant presence of authorities, albeit wantonly corrupt and perhaps more savage than the civilian population. And while the official’s uniform connotes his mandate for dominance, the real power is vested in an erratic sea of like-minded miscreants that forces outsiders to bend to its will. Deviance is simply the norm, and the displaced individual is forced to navigate this wicked world alone, finding hollow bits of pleasure and meaning in violence, sex, religion and drugs.

Peterson describes his bedlam as “a gray world where law breakers and law enforcers are one in the same; a world where ethics have been abandoned in favor of personal entitlement.”

Check this artist and more at the Joshua Liner Gallery.

August 28, 2010 at 19:03 Leave a comment

Dada: The First Hardcore Cross Ever!

Merz Periodical. Kurt Schwitters. January 1923.

Kurt Hermann Eduard Karl Julius Schwitters (20 June 1887 – 8 January 1948) was a German painter who was born in Hanover, Germany. Schwitters worked in several genres and media, including Dada, Constructivism, Surrealism, poetry, sound, painting, sculpture, graphic design, typography and what came to be known as installation art. He is most famous for his collages, called Merz Pictures.

Poster Dada Matinée. Theo van Doesburg. January 1923. Print. 62 × 85 cm.

Theo van Doesburg (30 August 1883 – 7 March 1931) was a Dutch artist, practicing in painting, writing, poetry and architecture. He is best known as the founder and leader of De Stijl.

First ever NYHC logo on the “Loud And Clear” 7 inch by The Abused, 1983.

Easily one of the best NYHC bands of all time. They were earlier so it’s before NY got that tougher metal influenced sound. The Abused were just too fucking fast and too fucking good. Kevin Crowly’s inimitable bark kicks in declaring things like “Won’t be pushed around no more, cause I know I’m not alone”. Dead serious and loud as fuck. “Loud and Clear” is one of the first pure hardcore records to come out of New York City, and also one of the first anywhere that was more Hardcore than Punk. In 1983 this was the new sound. The sound of the youth rising up. Any fan of hardcore should get this because it’s essential!!

Never following any known rules, Dada self-destructed when it was in danger of becoming “acceptable”.

June 29, 2010 at 04:26 1 comment

Camouflage X Desktops

Main Entry: 1cam·ou·flage
Pronunciation: \ˈka-mə-ˌfläzh, -ˌfläj\
Function: noun
Etymology: French, from camoufler to disguise
Date: 1917

1 : the disguising especially of military equipment or installations with paint, nets, or foliage; also : the disguise so applied
2 a : concealment by means of disguise b : behavior or artifice designed to deceive or hide

cam·ou·flag·ic\ ka-mə-ˈflä-zhik, -jik\ adjective.

June 3, 2010 at 17:37 Leave a comment

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