Ian Condry lecture: “Miku: Japan’s Virtual Idol as Social Media Platform”

Tuesday November 8, 2:50 – 4:20 pm
Duke Dance Laboratory
1516 Hull Avenue, Durham, NC 27705

Free and Open to the Public

Miku Hatsune is Japan’s number one virtual idol. Her songs are sold online, she is one of the most requested karaoke downloads, she promotes Toyota in TV commercials, she performs concerts with live bands — and she doesn’t exist. Miku is a voice in music synthesizer software called Vocaloid, and her community of users have created something new in the world of popular culture: a crowd-sourced celebrity. Based on fieldwork in Japan and the US, this talk will explore the dynamics of the social in media through Miku and other examples in the aftermath of the 3/11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.

Ian Condry is a cultural anthropologist and associate professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT. He is the author of Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization (2006) and he is working on a forthcoming book The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan’s Media Success Story. More info: http://iancondry.com

Professor Condry’s visit is part of the SLIPPAGE series of 2011-2012 Workshops and Lectures in Performance and Cultural Studies. For more info, contact t.defrantz@duke.edu, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Professor, African and African American Studies|DANCE, Director, SLIPPAGE:Performance|Culture|Technology

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