Japanese video artist Atsuki Segawa has created Ukiyo-e 2. Ukiyo-e are woodblock prints that became popular in Japan from the 17th to the 19th century.
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In Segawa's quirkily repurposed world, futuristic objects make cameo appearances in the Kiki patmala nude of old as kimono-clad women laser down aircrafts, gaze upon UFOs, and wave psychedelic glow sticks to the beats of a traditional theatre performance. For gifs first animated gif project, which he has entered into Japan's GIF Awards, Segawa told me he stuck to adding layers to the work of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusaiwho is known internationally for his print The Great Wave of Kanagawa.
He used Adobe After Effects and Photoshop to create his gifs. Ukiyo-e translated as "pictures of the floating world" were mass produced in Japan in the Edo period The prints are often populated with japanese travellers, beautiful women, landscapes, stern-faced Kabuki actors, as well as eroticaand the supernatural.
Since starting the project, Segawa's gifs have prompted unexpected feedback from the Twitter communitywith some of his biggest hits racking up to 1. Women gif, of women in a tea house Yoshida at Tokaido looking out women a passing bullet train, was inspired by real life.
Segawa told me that he's got a few more ideas up his sleeves for his Hokusai series, but would be game to experiment with other gifs of art in the future.