How do you upstage Beyoncé? For that you’ll have to ask director and media artist Kenzo Digital, the mastermind behind her performance of the estrogen-inducing anthem “Run the World (Girls)” live at last year’s Billboard Music Awards. Kenzo took what was normally an art form reserved for the background and brought it to life, as Beyoncé interacts with his graphic creations throughout her live performance.
It’s not often that the set shares the spotlight with the artist—but this is an absolute visual feast as Kenzo mixes graphics and effects that keep the audience guessing as to what appears next. Beyoncé’s energy plays into the graphics, and the graphics play right back.
I’m very inspired by things I see when I can’t even begin to imagine how they were made. That’s immediately what drew me into this performance. I didn’t even know where to start... I was literally speechless.
From an interview with Kenzo at Wieden + Kennedy’s blog, we find that this was made in mostly Maya 7 and After Effects, this was his “side project” (he's a creative director at W+K by day), and no coffee was consumed in the making of this piece.