it has long turquoise pigtails, narrow hips and large blue eyes She is 16 years old and it will always be, your age, along with size (1.58 meters) and the weight (42 kg) to the single personality traits that their Creator instilled in her: Hatsune Miku programmed in Japan in 2007, is the most famous voting robot in the world. A kind of singing “Alexa” with the appearance of a Manga-girl.

the Market designed Popprodukte

at the beginning of her career Miku just the advertising figure for her eponymous Software. In the meantime, you as an animated 3-D projection concerts. In 2014, she accompanied Lady Gaga, last year, toured the virtual pop star. Miku never gets tired, and her Repertoire is likely to be far greater than their human colleagues: back in 2013 you had released over 100,000 Songs. More recent Figures, there are hardly any – your work continues to grow. Because Miku is Open Source: Anyone is allowed to write songs for you and the Videos of your Performance, upload. Only not for commercial purposes.

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If Hatsune Miku or its Chinese counterpart, the elfin Luo Tianji, occur, they still fill stadiums. People wait for hours in front of the concert halls and pay ticket prices of more than 100 Euro to see a computer-animated cartoon girl. Many people say that the characters are like Friends. And some say that they are madly in love with you.

The photographer Jérôme Gence is encountered in June 2018 on the phenomenon of virtual pop stars. Manga and Anime characters are an integral part of the Japanese culture. Thus seen it seems not surprising that sing to be admired the end of the holograms there, as elsewhere, once a Take That or Britney Spears: they are in line with the market-designed Popprodukte with an expandable range of consumable articles, and Events. But they are also the first Stars, where the Fans can create the content itself.

there is No place for feelings

“I was fascinated by how many people have built up to this being a personal relationship,” says Ganja. “They belong to everyday life. Just because you’re not human, everyone can see in you what he wants.” A lot of Fans, with whom Jérôme Gence has spoken, are male and the Teen-age already outgrown. What you tell, sounds strange to the sad reality are often in for a disappointment. Much more beautiful, you can find the virtual world because you can make something. Compared with the artificial girls they seem to be able to show emotion, for you find in society, no place.

In a country like China is a virtual singer with a perfectly controllable mass idol. It behaves as it is desired. The concerts were mainly used to relieve stress, quotes Ganja a promoter. Disengagement is allowed – in moderation–. And also the freedom of speech of the Chinese Luo is likely to be limited. Unlike the Japanese Miku, who knows in her Songs, no taboos.


Jérôme Gence comes from La Réunion and has lived in Taiwan and Paris. In his photo reportage documenting change, as new technologies in everyday life.

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In Japan there is a word that is used today as a euphemism for the nerd culture: otaku. For male otakus, a particularly devoted Fan is rewarded-often through social recognition within your group. This could explain why the 35-year-old Japanese man, Akihiko Kondo the previous November, even went so far as to marry the virtual Miku. Valid before the law, marriage is not – but Kondo is the first man who has married with a hologram. To said Jérôme Gence, was present at the wedding, Kondo: “As a Teenager, I was wasn’t popular with girls. After my third year of high school, I decided never to marry a woman.”

Also in Japan, many men have a Problem: women today are well-trained competitors in the Job and in career. A being such as Miku, the social Status of a man is no matter. If he is anxious or failed, is not interested in you. She is always innocent, always love. You don’t ask you nothing, she leaves. She has no life of its own, it exists only in the interaction – you can turn it off.

“Japanese Robot Culture”

For the Japanese culture scientist Yuji Sone is also the desire for a controlled, domesticated femininity is reflected in creatures, such as Miku. The creation of an ideal woman, the one can control and train is a common Topos in art and literature, the find today in the computer technology, he writes in his book “Japanese Robot Culture”.

The Pygmalion complex is arrived in robotics. And now you can ask yourself why “Alexa”, “Siri” and many other digital command receivers actually have female voices …