Hello, We are usaginingen (ウサギニンゲン), a japanese audio-visual performance duo, based in Berlin Germany. Usagi means rabbit and Ningen means human in Japanese, so Usagi+Ningen is a rabbit human. We express our respect to the animals,nature and human. The aim of our production is to surprise captivate the world through our special filter.

Hello, We are usaginingen (ウサギニンゲン), a japanese audio-visual performance duo, based in Berlin Germany. Usagi means rabbit and Ningen means human in Japanese, so Usagi+Ningen is a rabbit man. We express our respect to the animals,nature and human. The aim of our production is to surprise captivate the world through our special filter.

NEWS

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usaginingen “ラビ&ピース” TOUR 2014☆ 15 performances in Japan、3 performances in Europe. We are looking forward to meeting you all!!!


We won the award in the Live Cinema competition of Reykjavik Visual MusicPUNTOyRAYA Festival 2014.

UPCOMING EVENT
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 date: 29/11/2014
 place: Mülheim an der Ruhr
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About us

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Emi Hirai

plays visual machine “TA-CO”

shin

Shinichi Hirai

plays music instrument “SHIBAKI”

Live Performance :

2014
Fusion Festival 2014 (Lärz, Germany)
Kein Festival 2014 – Facade Projection only (ORWO haus, Berlin Germany)
Reykjavik Visiual Music Punto y Raya Festival 2014 (HARPA, Reykjavik, Iceland)
KONTAKT#2 (Alena Berlin, Berlin, Germany)
2013
Berliner Adventsmarkt mt kind (HIMBEER, Berlin, Germany)
YAMANAMI Art Festival 2013 (Sanuki Mannou Park, Kagawa, Japan)
Osaka Music Festival 2013 (Osaka Castle Music Hall, Osaka, Japan)
usaginingen 2013 mini tour in Japan (Umie, Kagawa, Japan)
usaginingen 2013 mini tour in Japan (TAGSTA, Fukuoka, Japan)
“Day forest is lost” Takuya Kamiike solo exhibiton opening party (Shionoe museum of art, Kagawa, Japan)
“Ichinomiya accross arts” (Ichinomiya, Kagawa, Japan)
“littlepopup at HIMBEER magazine” (HIMBEER, Berlin, Germany)
DMY International Design Festival Berlin 2013 (Flughafen Berlin Tempelhof, Berlin, Germany)
Moving Silence Athens 2013 supported by Goethe-Institut (Goethe-Institut hall, Athen, Greece)
The 9th Berlin International Directors Lounge (Naherholung Sternchen, Berlin, Germany)
Live cinema by usaginingen (feinkost, Leipzig, Germany)
2012
night cruising presents “Masayoshi Fujita Japan Tour 2012 in KYOTO” (Oil, Kyoto, Japan)
usaginingen 2012 Tokyo 2days (Aquvii, Tokyo, Japan)
usaginingen 2012 Tokyo 2days (Gallery-ARATANIURANO, Tokyo, Japan)
usaginingen 2012 mini tour in Japan (NOUKA, Yamagata, Japan)
usaginingen 2012 mini tour in Japan (Abecut, Yamagata, Japan)
flau x HUTU presents: FOUNDLAND (VACANT, Tokyo, Japan)
Camera Japan Festival 2012 (LantarenVenster, Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Brucke presents Masayoshi Fujita + usaginingen (Prinzessinnengarten, Berlin, Germany)
Nacht der Kunst 2012 (Open air, Leipzig, Germany)
Live Cinema night by Pierre Hebert+usaginingen (Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany)
Taste Festival Berlin 2012 (Direktorenhaus, Berlin, Germany)
Masayoshi Fujita + usaginingen (Theater Kapelle, Berlin, Germany)
The 8th Berlin International Directors Lounge (Naherholung Sternchen, Berlin, Germany)
Johannes Marx + usaginingen (Schokoladen, Berlin, Germany)
2011
Sub-tle. + usaginingen (Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany)
Johannes Marx + usaginingen (Modulor, Berlin, Germany)
The first story (Garelie 4AM, Brno, Czech Republic)
間 (Japanese Embassy, Berlin, Germany)


Lecture/Workshop :
2014
Easter Workshop for Kids feat.littlepopup (Popup store, Berlin, Germany)
2013
Making movie, Setouchi triennale 2013 (Awashima, Kagawa, Japan)
Performance and discussion (Oita Hita-shi East Junior high school, Oita, Japan)
2012
Performance and discussion (Braunschweig University of Art, Braunschweig, Germany)
Report of Tohoku (Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan)
Performance and discussion (Yamagata Mogami Ohori elementary school, Yamagata, Japan)
Performance and discussion (Yamagata Mogami Akahori elementary school, Yamagata, Japan)


Screening :
2014
FunFunFun from the album “SPENCER” by Spencer on surPoemas underFilm (La Térmica, Malaga, Spain)
2013
UDON from the album “JAPANDORF” by Klaus Dinger + JAPANDORF on JAPAN DAY 2013 “Short Cuts To Japan” (Black Box Kino im Filmmuseumudon, Düsseldorf, Germany)


Awards :
2014 Live Cinema competition, “Reykjavik Visiual Music Punto y Raya Festival 2014″
2012 Entertainment section, Asia Degital Art Award
2011 Commercial Film section, Asia Pacic Advertising Festival Bronz
2010 Selected Graphic Design in Japan, JAGDA
2008 RemarkabIe commercial Film competition
2006 New York one show Shilver, New York One club
2004 Museum storing prize, Joshi Art Univercity


Press/Media :
Magazine MdN vol.178 ARTIST FILE NO.281
Magazine MdN vol.191 feature article 1
Magazine IdN Video v19n3: Editing
HIMBEER Berlin
Doitsu News Digest zur person Nr. 915
MADO-Berlin Vol.00
AnOther online Magazine
NOTCOT online

  • The Usaginingen duo won the Live Cinema Cometition at the Reykjavík Visual Music Punto y Raya Festival in Iceland in January 2014.
    The live show Usaginingen performed, brought a perfect harmony between originality, freshness and imagination. The show was interpreted in a way that involves the viewer in a different atmosphere. The Usaginingen performance was very different from the other shows presented and brought a fresh air of innovation and creativity to the competition.
    The show brings to the audience a totally imaginative element. They know how to capture the audience with the delicacy of the melody and images made by their unconventional instruments. Their show takes the electronic music to a new level and leaves us with a new classification of art as artisanal, and carefully performed by artists who know how to communicate to the public their sensitivity and imagination.

    Fridrik Steinn - FounderReykjavík Center for Visual Music
  • The usaginingen team invented their own machines seeking to delight and suprise their audience, as people not only can enjoy the performance on the screens, but also feel the light explosions all around them, and witness the performers’ movements on stage.

    Nöel Palazzo - DirectorPUNTO y RAYA festival
  • I enjoyed the inventive playfulness at work in Usaginingen’s audio-visual performance at Reykjavik Visual Music – Punto y Raya Festival 2014. Being able to see the performers create sound and image through their mixed-media machinations, and at the same time to see and hear the result forming before your eyes and ears: utterly delightful!

    Max Hattler - Moving image artistMax Hattler

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Instruments

TA-CO
  • TA-CO
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The Visual machine “TA-CO” has a camera, a kind of an animation table with layers, rotating drum, water-basins, colored ink, beads, mirrors, prisms, hand crafts and lots more.
SHIBAKI
  • SHIBAKI
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The Music instrument “SHIBAKI” is some kind of a percussion kit,connected to a MIDI controller and to a string instrument.
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Contact

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