It isn't always easy to remember how fortunate we are to live in an age where technological development is used just as much to enhance the human experience as it is to improve it. Many aspiring engineers, artists and innovators work within parameters that are both creative and necessity based, and while very few can vouch for ever needing a technology like face hacking, there are plenty of people who want to experience that kind of visual trip.
Japan-based projection artist Omote, whose real name is Nobumichi Asai, recently released a series of videos revealing his newest performance piece, called face hacking. Armed with a team of artists versed in 3D mapping and CG visuals, as well as intricate data scanners and projection technology, Omote brings new depth to the notion of an uncanny valley by morphing the facial features of two men. Since this is an art piece and not a mere demonstration of skill, the visuals are accompanied with sharp, rising cliffs and zigzagging electronic music.
Preferring to keep the precise methodology behind his art private, Omote's audiences are enticed by the sight of morphing shapes, masks and animal faces being installed onto a human visage with profound accuracy. Because of the mastery behind the visual mapping (you see the scan occur briefly in each video), the men are able to move their faces and retain the images as if their features had been actually transformed. It is a spectacularly cool sight to witness, and hopefully a craft that will eventually ignite and help reform the visual dimension of music. Check out one of the the videos below, and be sure to stop by Nobumichi's own website.
(Source: Stoney Roads)