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Tanuki possesses powerful magical abilities. They are similar to kitsune in their superb ability to change shape. They have a jovial nature, and delight in playing tricks on humans. Source: Tanukis is a long-term polymorph digital art project. It is focused on one virtual puppet, the “tanuki”. Through him/her/it, François Zajéga investigates the anatomy of a 3D avatar, video game technologies as a new ground for artistic research and also the relation between sub and high culture. In the performance, a puppeteer and a musician works during an hour on stage to give life to an avatar. Its movements, shape and textures evolve all along the set, from the standard 3D avatar to abstract shapes, landscapes and pure graphical composition.

Zajéga François & Reboursière Loïc