Android Opera, MIRROR
Japanese musician and composer Shibuya Keiichiro premieres his new Android Opera, MIRROR. Presented by the Japan Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, android Alter 3 performs AI-generated lyrics alongside piano and computer-generated sounds. The opera also features monks led by Eizen Fujiwara, a performer of the 1200-year-old Buddhist music known as Shomyo, and a 45-member NSO Symphony Orchestra from the UAE. MIRROR is a culmination of Shibuya's work, which combines diverse people and cultures, technology, and traditional Buddhist music. Complementing the soundscape, French visual artist Justine Emard’s visual projections focus on the real-time facial expressions of Alter 3, offset by diffused lighting projected throughout the venue and onto the android.