Art was in the eye of the beholder for Thirty Seconds to Mars at last night's (August 27) MTV Video Music Awards — particularly if viewers were wearing night vision goggles.

The Jared Leto-fronted rock group — with special guest Travis Scott — delivered a rousing set of new tune "Walk on Water" using FLIR Thermal Imaging. While the audience was suspended in total darkness, customized heat-sensing cameras took over and rendered the band's entire set in special imaging.

Leto said in a statement the set was a long time coming.

"It took a village to be able to bring this idea to life," he said. "A very large village. When you do a show like the MTV Video Music Awards you have an opportunity to explore and experiment, to revisit the past or to push towards the future. We knew we wanted to do something that hadn't been done before. Playing in total darkness, capturing our performance via thermal signal and doing it live was complex, challenging and seemingly impossible but with the help of a very patient MTV and an enthusiastic team of creative dreamers we accomplished our goal. Working with Vatche and the incredible team at FLIR has been inspiring and an absolute pleasure."

Watch it all play out above.

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