Kouhei Nakama is an art director that lately presented a new work called “diffusion” which is a film that explores what humans might look like if they had textured and patterned skin like animals.
The video, generated by CGI, showcases a body blended with different textures that range from organic to more alien, and computer-like. Human’s flesh potential is elongated to its maximum capacity, changing colors and patterns, while questions regarding evolution arise.
Within her film, she portrays a female figure as a generative canvas to investigate the potentiality of human flesh. Using a system that simulates biological processes through mathematical testing, she is able to imitate texturized skin based on patterns and textures that occur in nature. The film begins with what most closely resembles, perhaps, a white and red version of the shapeshifting capabilities of Mystique from X-Men, and transitions into a soft poetic display of a humanoid light show. Through vibrant alterations of rainbow colors and body motions displayed with toned muscles, the film provokes thoughts of almost futuristic yogi sentiments of human aura and energy field displays. The film comes to it’s climax with sculptures of human bodies that seem to be either virtual or somehow physically interconnected as hands appear to have the ability to travel through bodies.
The constant shift of color and pattern and eventual bloating and deformation of the figures allow the piece to end on a dramatic, yet satisfying note. Simultaneously alien, human and robotic, Nakama’s display of futuristic metamorphosis is both disturbing and undoubtedly magical. Nakama’s short film holds its own as a mystifying and captivating piece of work.
This great experimental short takes the viewer into a journey that flows along the music of Kai Engel.
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