On the face of it, it’s just a bizarre video, slightly dated, featuring a couple of Japanese guys, half a dozen ninjas and some crazy choreography.
But, as is often the case, scratch the surface and there’s more to it than that. The performers of the ‘Algorithm March’ are the Japanese comedy duo Itsumo Kokokara, who have spent the last decade presenting an educational TV show for kids called Pythagora Switch. There, as well as maths dancing, they also take on the ‘visual canon’, a musical reference and something which earned Canadian film director Norman McLaren awards back in the sixties. Curiouser and curiouser, randomer and randomer.
Boffins have also been putting their outsized minds to the visual cannon and the University of Technology in Eindhoven has come up with an interactif program which allows individuals to do their own visual cannon all by themselves, thus making the dreams of millions come true.
Back to the Algorithm March and something equally as random. It’s tricky enough with two TV presenters and six ninjas; it’s another bag of frogs altogether when you do it with 967 Filipino prisoners.
Recognise those prisoners? Of course you do, they’re the ones who were catapulted to international fame with their rendition of Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller'.
Stay weird. More soon.