Muybridge Moment (MuMo)


Muybridge Moment (MuMo) is an object-based network that was inspired by early animation and film technology developed from the 19th century. The title is dedicated to Eadweard Muybridge who is one of pioneers of early animation technologies. The sequential images remind us how animation or film has been constructed based on our visual perception of moving objects. The phenomenon coincides with the idea of how our memories work; the way we connect bits and pieces in our minds. The association built upon how we memorize our own stories between gaps.

The artwork structure resembles a celestial coordinate-like system; all the devices are the same and each video on each device is similar to another. Audience enrich the artwork through their interactions and exploration of the connections among devices.

Ogaki Biennale 2010, Ogaki, Japan (September, 2010)
Gallery, Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Science, Gifu, Japan (November, 2010)

The Wearable Devices
MuMo consists an array of wearable art devices, structured around the manifestation of 2D animations in physical space. Each individual device equips with a microcontroller, wiresless transceiver, a tiny OLED display and a SD memory card. The devices communicate with each other at a close distance. The speed of their animations gradually synchronize and eventually run at the same speed. A SD memory card stores 200-300 frames of video, which has been shot before around Ogaki. A customized program runs in the microcontroller retrieves the images and show them on the OLED display. The frequency of each image retrieval depends on the distance between each device. The customized program transfers data to each of the devices through a ZigBee® wireless transmitter. The signal strength of received data indicates the approximate distance between the sender and receiver.

The Performance
There are 2 performances in this project. The first one is performed by Yusuke Kimura while the second one is performed by Yusuke Kimura and Hiromi Yoneda. The first performance was video shot at different wells around Ogaki. There are a lot of wells in the city, the concept of water as a pathway and wells as nodes connect to the main theme ?network?.

All 4 videos are in a loop structure; the first frame of the video is the same as its last frame. Performer Yusuke Kimura came out from the well and looked around slowly. He went back to the well at the end. 4 videos are all connected in both form and content. In the second performance, the content is similar to the first one, except there were 2 performers and it was a live performance. Its structure was developed based on the first one, in addition, the distance between performers became the key concept. Audience were invited to wear the device and interact with the device after each performance. The live performance has been performed 3 times at Ogaki Biennale 2010; 22-23, 25, September 2010.

The Exhibition Setup
Apart from the performance, the devices has been exhibited in form of a video installation.
The installation showed the audience activities during the residency at IAMAS and the project description. The audience were also invited to wear and try the devices. Meanwhile, 2 videos has been exhibited. The first video showed the information and performance rehearsal of the project. While for the second one, it showed the scenery of the city Ogaki in relation to the theme of water. A custom-made frame for video projection has been fabricated. Instead of tradition rectangular video projection, it created a more visually interesting video projection and fits for the project identity.

Support & Crew
This project is supported by Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences, Japan

Yusuke Kimura and Hiromi Yoneda

Project Assistant
Chiaki Konno

Fabrication Assistants
Goh Sung Hoon and Sho Minase

Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences, Japan

Special Thanks to President Sekiguchi-san, Professor Kobayashi-san, Takanori Endo, Kyo Akabane, Yosuke Kawamura, Collin Stecker & Staff in IAMAS and RCIC