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Jury Critiques

The energetic activities of Japanese artists are the result of the coming to life of Media Arts

Head of the Jury KUSAHARA Machiko

Professor, Waseda University

This year, too, it was very difficult to determine which prize should go to whom because the Art Division attracted nearly half the total applications this year and every accepted work was of high quality as well as having different concepts and presentations. Especially, the quality of works among interactive arts and visual images, including those which were applied for installation were very good. One work has a strong concept, another presents a cross-section of the media sprinkled with humor and nostalgia, and the other cuts out a new possibility for arts with technology which betrays one's expectations. All of them showed a balance between originality and presentation or technology as well as maturity which was impressive. In contrast, Still Images and Web Works were, it is sorry to say, lackluster. This time, we realized many award-winning works were achieved by Japanese creators only when the audition was completed, which surprised us. One can say that the unexpected big success of Japanese artists in the Art Division, where excellent works from abroad meet shows of activation in the media arts in recent Japan, is due especially to the population of young artists which has become larger.



Professor, Waseda University

A curator and a critic in media arts, and media studies internationally since the early 1980s. In addition to exhibitions at the International Science Expo'85 in Tsukuba, the International Design Expo'98 in Nagoya, the Kobe Yumehaku and NTT/ICC, she has been involved in assessment at many exhibitions with international public subscriptions such as SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica or ISEA. Conducted many lectures and done a variety of writing. Her subject of research is the relationship between digital media technology and arts, culture and societies. She has been a Visiting Professor of the School of Arts and Architecture at UCLA, and is Doctor of Engineering.

( 2005 )

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