On Sept 21, the exhibit “Rhizomatiks Inspired by Perfume” opened at NTT Intercommunication Center (ICC) of Tokyo Opera City in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

The exhibit displays the latest media produced by Daito Manabe and Motoi Ishibashi of Rhizomatiks for techno pop unit Perfume.

To the right of the entrance, an installation titled “Physicalizing Data by Rhizomatiks” is on display. Sculptures of the 3 members of Perfume are lit up with visuals projected onto each. These pieces are series 1 of the“Perfume Global Site Project.” The holographic visuals show the members dancing.

To the left of the entrance, the costumes used for the music video of the song “Spring of Life” are on display. LED lights flicker onto the designs, with the song playing in the background. A laptop showing the programming codes of the lighting effects is also on display.

A hands-on installation titled “3D Scan System for Perfume,” the 3rd series of the Global Site Project is also exhibited. When you stand at the center of the three Kinects, your 3D image will be instantly scanned and transmitted onto the screen of the same stage direction. On the back wall, a panel shows works contributed by fans for this project.

The last exhibit is the “Perfume WORLD TOUR 2nd intro.” Costumes from this tour and the ones worn for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2013 are on exhibit. In the background, the song “Spending all my time” is being played and projection mapping is shown onto the costumes. The costumes change its shapes like feathers.

Minoru Hatanaka, the senior curator of ICC, says, “We can’t describe Rhizomatiks with such a simple category like media artists or entertainers. They freely experiment and create the Perfume project with an element of entertainment. It is Mr. Manabe who suggested that the exhibit focus on Perfume’s projects.”

【Event Information】
Rhizomatiks Inspired by Perfume
Venue: NTT Intercommunication Center
Address: Tokyo Opera City Tower 4F, 3-20-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Exhibit Period: Sept 21 to Oct 20
Open Hours: 11:00 ~ 18:00 (entry until 30 min prior to close)
Closed: Mondays (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday)
Admission: general/university students 500 yen, free of charge for high school students and under