Daito Manabe is a skilled programmer, designer, DJ, VJ, and composer from Japan. In his work, he reinterprets familiar through a different viewpoint, and rather than using rich expressions with high resolution or realistic sensation, he focuses on simple observing. Daito mostly uses programming and interactive design, which lead him to participated in live performances in Japan and overseas. In 2011, he started to work with a multimedia dance company Elevenplay and together they create stunning performances using technology such as drones and robot arms.
I enjoy making what I haven’t seen before. That’s why I try to be creative.
Drones. What started as simple videos of sunrises has evolved into professional works of art including aerial photography galleries and, now, choreographed dance.
With the combined use of tracking software and control systems, 24 pre-programmed hovering drones and dancers from Elevenplay could extend their use of space beyond the typical ground-level choreography. The mesmerizing result explores the relationship and interaction between body and technology.