19. Sep 2014

What works on facades can also work on human faces

Installation: Nobumichi Asai und Team
Photos: Kenji Nakazono, Kimihiro Morikawa

Media designer Nobumichi Asai and his team are able to magic colour, light and shadows onto models’ faces without using conventional make-up. The “Omote” project comprises real-time face tracking and projection mapping. Using state-of-the-art technology, the visual mapping concept transforms a model’s face into mesmerizing patterns with an electronic equivalent of make-up. In the initial stages of the process, a 3D laser scans and creates a three-dimensional facial replica with pin-point accuracy, complete with detailed surfaces and contours. A selection of animated graphics are then layered on the face and manipulated by the artist in real-time. The result: beautiful Japanese-style make-up compositions or extraterrestrial facial features. Stunning video mapping effects for fun and entertainment.

Video mapping is a term we are familiar with, right?

Of course… clever, aesthetic or iconic site-specific projections on surfaces of buildings have been around for some time. Media designers such as Urbanscreen have made a name for themselves with animated graphics projected onto facades of all dimensions. The process and realisation of video mapping on facades is basically the same as the techniques used in the “Omote” project. The only difference: face tracking is able to adjust fast to natural facial movements. Facades are basically static and come alive through video mapping.

“Omote” is an interesting interpretation of the interplay of beauty and technology. And what makes video mapping possible? Light, of course.  Which goes to show, once again, that lighting design does not stop at architecture, but impacts many other areas of our lives.

http://www.nobumichiasai.com
http://www.urbanscreen.com/

OMOTE / REAL-TIME FACE TRACKING & PROJECTION MAPPING from something wonderful on Vimeo.

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