When I think of the percussive body, I generally think burping, farting and simply making noise with your mouth. Japanese artist Daito Manabe wowed us with his Electric Stimulus project, and now together with Masaki Teruoka has evolved the project by using myoelectric sensors: the body becomes a percussive instrument. In an oddly satisfying way, it’s like watching a puppet master control his puppet, the sound produced depends on which part of the body is tapped. Watching their faces and body twitch emphasizes the physicality of the project, and you can’t help but giggle when watching. Other than the fact that this project is immensely cool, all Manabe needs to do is work out a way to hide the chords to make it truly seamless. Imagine going to a concert without instruments and only bodies on the stage…well, I guess it would be like seeing Britney Spears live, only awesome.
Text by Marion Piper.