I spoke with visual artist Tara Knight about what robots are doing in Japan, across cultural and digital divides, specifically Hatsune Miku. She is Japan’s most popular teen vocaloid character. Knight recently toured the U.S., including appearances on late night television, talking about her interactive documentary of Hatsune Miku called “Mikumentary“. Knight breaks with the traditional notion of artist and audience as separate from art.
Knight’s work with Hatsune Miku challenges the notion that adolescence is a life stage we outgrow. Miku reveals that digital technology, when applied to art and culture, allows even the most socially fixed among us can regain access to many possible identities through creative expression. Her work also challenges what it means to be an artist.
For more details about how a robot can write and perform songs, read this account published by The Atlantic magazine.