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[Critique by work category] Web

HARASHIMA Hiroshi

Professor, University of Tokyo Graduate School

In the days when Internet websites were not so common it was considerably easier for a stylish homepage to become famous. However, we have now become so used to them that they have become a normal part of our daily life. I think that what this means is that websites are now at an artistic turning point. If they limit themselves to presenting only beautiful still or moving imagery, they will not achieve their full potential. Nonetheless, a homepage cannot be considered a work of art unless its form of expression is artistically skillful, even if it is otherwise rich with meaning. Although we have received a number of interesting web works this year, none of them have won a prize in the Art Division; this was because we could not find among them an artistically superior or salient piece.
We hope next year's entries in this field to be well motivated and ground breaking.

Profile

HARASHIMA Hiroshi

Professor, University of Tokyo Graduate School

Born in Tokyo, 1945. Originally was an academic of mathematical information theory and theory of communication method. Since about 1985, became interested in the mechanism of communication between people, which was more essential, and proposed Human Communication Engineering. Constructs a new academic field such as Facial Studies and finds much of interest in the boundary between scientific technology and arts. Has held positions such as chairperson of the Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers; chairperson of the Virtual Reality Society of Japan; deputy chairperson of the Japan Society for Animation Studies; and currently also sitting in the post of chairperson of the Japanese Academy of Facial Studies.

( 2008 )

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