Projection is certainly nothing new in our world, and while it’s been used for generations as a means of artistic expression, from your classic indie rock music video backdrop to overlaying it over band members for added effects to their live performance–and that’s just using it as art. There’s also the classic school-room use, to home theaters, to aiding in complex murals. With all the aforementioned examples and any others that you can think of, projection is typically done onto as clear and as solid a structure as possible. The less it moves and the flatter it is, the better. Well, that was then, and this is now: face mapping at 1000fps.
The technological innovation comes as a collaborative project between Japanese installation, motion graphics and development company WOW and its technical director Nobumichi Asai, the Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory, Tokyo, and Japanese dance duo AYA BAMBI. The project, entitled INORI (meaning prayer) features the dancers performing face on against a color-rotating muted backdrop, to help keep the focus on their faces. This is where the magic happens, as the projection technology feeds an array of effects, shapes, patterns and masks, resulting in a dazzling display of art and technology. Check out the video in the jump above, and then check out the making of video after that.