About

Nobumichi Asai
[artists + technologist]

Graduated from Department of Science, Tohoku University.

He is a world famous artist for technology art including face mapping. The face mapping collaborated with Lady Gaga and Nile Rogers at the Grammy Awards in 2016 was simultaneously broadcasted to 200 million people worldwide, which received a huge reaction.

The world’s pioneer VR work “Ghost in the shell” virtual reality diver received the Best of VR at the Venice International Film Festival in 2018.

The face mapping work with AyaBambi “INORI-Prayer-” created 5 million view buzz, and received six domestic and international awards including Short of the Year – Best of Experimental (Germany). His first face mapping work, “OMOTE” (2014) recorded 5 million views in a week and became a worldwide topics.

For “CONNECTED COLORS (2016)”, he was selected as one of the about dozen world’s innovators, and the work was broadcasted worldwide as Intel’s CM. It recorded 4 million views in FUBIZ (France) and other medias, and its installation was held in Paris and NYC.

“INORI – we pray all nukes will eternally disappear from the world. (2017)” was the artwork on the theme of radioactivity. It was selected as an art project by Luciano Benetton’s IMAGO MUNDI and its installation (2018/7-11) and a lecture were held in Venice (2018/7). The world ’s first volumetric laser hologram, “light of birth (2016)” was exhibited at the Milan Triennial Museum and Media Ambition Tokyo.

He is also active as Speaker and Judge on overseas. 2017/6, he was invited to the Louvre museum and made a speech with the theme of “FUTURE ART”. In 2014/9, 2017/9, he participated in the Moscow art festival, Circle of Light, as a judge. In 2015, he was invited to Tencent’s Innovation Festival, WE SUMMIT, in Beijing and made a speech to the audience of 2,500 people. In 2018/5, at the 2050 Design Matters Conference in Hangzhou, China, he gave a speech on the theme of “Technology + Art + Humanity” in front of 2000 people.

He is challenging innovative expression by fusion of art & design thinking and technology. He has received awards such as Venice International Film Festival “Best of VR” official invitation, Japan Media Arts Festival, VFX AWARD 2015 & 2017, Ars Electronica VFX animation category prize, Short of the year Best of Experimental (Germany) and many others.

Award

  • – 2018 –
  • LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA CINEMA 2018(ITALY) / BEST OF VR “GHOST IN THE SHELL -VIRTUAL REALITY DIVER-”
  • SITGES – FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA FANTÀSTIC DE CATALUNYA
  • JAPAN MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL 2018(JAPAN) /JURY SPECIAL AWARD “INORI-PRAYER”
  • CONSONANCE MUSIC & DANCE FILM FESTIVAL / BEST DANCE ANIMATION(LOS ANGELES)
  • DANCE MUSIC VIDEO FILM AWARD / SPECIAL MENTION (US)
  • IBICINE(SPAIN) – FESTIVAL DE CINE EN IBIZA SELECTED “INORI-PRAYER”
  • INTERNATIONAL TRICK FESTIVAL 2018(GERMANY) / BEST ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEOS “INORI-PRAYER”
  • SHORT OF THE YEAR 2018 (SPAIN) / BEST EXPERIMENTAL “INORI-PRAYER”
  • FRAME LIGHT SHORT FOCUS 2018 SELECTED (LONDON/UK)
  • INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL DETMOLD 2018 (GERMANY) SELECTED “INORI-PRAYER”
  • GEA FILM FEST2018 (PORTUGAL) SELECTED “INORI-PRAYER”
  • PICNIC FILM FESTIVAL / SELECTED (SPAIN)
  • YOUNGABOUT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL(ITALY) 2018 “INORI-WE PRAY ALL NUKES WILL ETERNALLY DISAPPEAR FROM THE WORLD”

 

  • – 2017 –
  • ALS ELECTRONICA 2017 “KAGAMI” AND “LIGHT OF BIRTH” WAS SELECTED & SCREENED
  • VAEFF 2017 (NYC) “INORI-PRAYER” WAS SELECTED & SCREENED
  • CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL FASHION FILM FESTIVAL 2017 “INORI-PRAYER”
  • VIMEO BEST OF MONTH 2017 “INORI-PRAYER-”
  • DIA SOTTO LE STELLE 2017 OFFICIAL SELECTION “INORI -PRAYER-”,“KA-CHO-FU-GETSU”,“CONNECTED COLORS”
  • VFX AWARD 2017[JPN] “GHOST IN THE SHELL”

 

  • – 2015 –
  • ARS ELECTRONICA 2015 PRIX ”OMOTE”
  • VFX AWARD 2015[JPN] “OMOTE” GRAND PRIX
  • VFX AWARD 2015[JPN] “SUBARU OUR GRATITUDE TO THE SHINJUKU AREA”
  • ANIMATED COM AWARD[GERMAN] 2015 “OMOTE” NOMINATE
  • SYNESTHESIA FILM FESTIVAL[USA] 2015 “OMOTE” NOMINATE

 

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