Commissioned by CTM Festival and transmediale for their joint 2016 editions, Still Be Here is a unique collaborative performance that draws us into the multiplying realities of a 21st century pop star, and traces the dynamics at play between fans, corporations and social desires.
Following an idea initiated and conceptualised by artist Mari Matsutoya, Still Be Here is collectively created with music producer Laurel Halo, award-winning choreographer and visual artist Darren Johnston, virtual artist LaTurbo Avedon and produced by digital artist Martin Sulzer. This project presents a unique arrival of aesthetics between the participating artists, in their search for the identity of Hatsune Miku. The performance / installation employs a collage methodology with user-generated lyrics, referencing many other contributors and countless online authors and creative commons users, whose works will be further interpreted and given new meaning.
Still Be Here was in part developed at a residency at Metal in November 2015, and premiered as a joint highlight of the CTM / transmediale 2016 festivals before travelling to Donaufestival in April and the Barbican later in the year.
Since 2005 the donaufestival has established itself as an important festival for new art forms beyond genre barriers, both nationally and internationally: performance, new forms of theatre, installations, music between experiment and advanced pop, club and band culture, as well as art forms breaking the borders between art forms, styles and genres. In 2016, donaufestival searches for new performance forms between actionism, game, nature, visual arts, and society; clubs will emerge where future will be negotiated now; art will emerge as an expression of human necessity, as part of life and in the midst of life. The 2016 edition includes performances by St. Genet and Julius Deutschbauer, installations by Station Rose, music by Mbongwana Star, Manuel Knapp, Hieroglyphic Being, Pierre Bastien, a special appearance by Shackleton and much more.