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Exhibition of Award-winning Works


February 3 - February 14, 2016


The National Art Center, Tokyo, TOHO CINEMAS Roppongi Hills, SuperDeluxe, Instituto Cervantes Tokyo


TOHO CINEMAS Roppongi Hills, SuperDeluxe, J-WAVE, Institut français du Japon, Peatix, FileMaker

Admission free

Awards Ceremony


Feruary 2, 2016


The National Art Center, Tokyo

Entry Period:

Jury 7 - September 9, 2015

Cooperative Programs:

The Railway Series THOMAS & FRIENDS
Dates: Saturday, July 18 - Monday, Octorber 12,2015
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Organizers: Tokyo Metoropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo / yomiuri Shimbun Holdings / Japan Association of Art Museums
Tohoku IT Concept Fukushima Gme Jam 2015
Dates: Saturday, August 22 - Sunday, August 23, 2015
Venue: WiZ international IT & Engineering College, and other venues
Organizers: Japan chapter of the international Game Developers Association

KOBE Biennale 2015: Encounters with Art in the Port
Dates: Saturday, September 19 - Monday,November 1,2015
Venue: Kobe Merikan Paark / Harborland / Motomachi-kohkashita area / Higashi Yuenchi Park, Flower Road area*,and other venues *Nighttime exhibitions only
the Organizing Committee for KOBE Biennale / the City of KobeURL:

Zombie Opera "Danse Macabre" Taro Yasuno (concept,music) + Miho Watanabe (dramaturgy) + noriyuki Kiguchi (stage design)
Dates: Thursday, November 12-Sunday, November 15,2015
Venue: Nishi-Sugamo Arts Factory
Organizers: Festival / Tokyo Executive Committee / Toshima City / Toshima Future Culture Foundation / NPOO Arts Network Japan (NPO-ANJ) / Arts Council Tokyo & tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (tokyo Metoropolitan Foundation for History and Culture))

Japan Media Arts Festival ――Screening of Selected Works
Dates: Thursday, September 1-Saturday, October 31, 2015
Venue: Nagasaki Prefectral Art Museum
Organizers: Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum

Digital Media and Japanese Graphic Design ――Its Past and Future
Dates: Friday, January 29-Sunday, February 14, 2016
Venue: tokyo Midtown Design Hub
Organizers:Tokyo Midtown Design Hub

TAKAMASU MEDIA RTA FESTIVAL "The Medium of the Spirit"
Dates: Friday, December 18-Friday, December 27, 2015
Venue: Tamamo Park
Organizers: Takamatsu City / TAKAMATSU MEDIA ART FESTIVAL Executive Committee

Digital Choc 2016 - Futurama
Dates: Friday, February 19 - Monday, March 21, 2016
Venue: Institut francai du Japon - tokyo / Tokyo City View (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F) / SuperDeluxe / Theatre Za-Koenji / ATSUKOBAROUH arts drinks talk, and other locations.
Organizers: Institut francas du Japon

GAME ON:Why are videogames so interesting?
Dates: Wednesday, March 2-Monday, May 30, 2016
Venue: Miraikan
Organizers: Miraikan / Fji Television Network, Inc.,/ KADOKAWA ASCII / Research LAboratories, Inc.


Japan Media Arts Festival Executive Committee

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Japan Media Arts Festival Executive Committee


AOYAGI Masanori [Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan]

Operating Committee:

AOKI Tamotsu [Director General, The National Art Center, Tokyo]FURUKAWA Taku [Animation Artist]TATEHATA Akira [President, Tama Art University]


Art Division

Head of the Jury: UEMATSU Yuka [Curator, The National Museum of Art, Osaka]FUJIMOTO Yukio [Artist]ISHIDA Takashi [Painter, Film Artist and Associate Professor, Tama Art University]NAKAZAWA Hideki [Artist]SATOW Morihiro [Historian of Visual Culture and Professor, Kyoto Seika University]

Entertainment Division

Head of the Jury: IIDA Kazutoshi [Game Creator and Professor, College of Image Arts and Sciences, Ritsumeikan University]HIGASHIIZUMI Ichiro [Designer and Creative Director]KUDO Takeshi [Curator, Aomori Museum of Art]UKAWA Naohiro [Genzai (Contemporary) Artist and Professor, Kyoto University of Art and Design and Representative, DOMMUNE]YONEMITSU Kazunari [Game Designer]

Animation Division

Head of the Jury: KOIDE Masashi [Animation Researcher and Professor, Tokyo Zokei University]MORIMOTO Koji [Animation Director]OHI Fumio [Animation Artist]TAKAHASHI Ryosuke [Animation Director]YAMAMURA Koji [Animation Artist and Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts]

Manga Division

Head of the Jury: SUGAYA Mitsuru [Manga Artist and Professor, Kyoto Seika University]FURUNAGA Shinichi [Man of Letters and Associate Professor, Tokyo Metropolitan University]INUKI Kanako [Manga Artist and Visiting Professor, Osaka University of Arts]KADOKURA Shima [Manga Journalist]MATSUDA Hiroko [Manga Artist]

Special Achievement Award

General Critiques


President, Tama Art University

As long as it is one of this festival’s consistent goals to introduce explorations of various possibilities by the works of state-of-the-arttechnology, it might come across as a semantic contradiction to note on the maturity of expressions. However, in reality, it can be said that many works recently can be observed to have a kind of self-critical aspect towards the role of media rather than in pursuit of the technical novelty. This is predicated on almost a quarter century worth of an accumulation of time.Even the Grand Prize winner of the Art Division manifests this fact vividly. In the work of CHUNG Waiching Bryan, it is not only about the resultant visual image. Rather, what is presented is a “conceptual autobiography” described as if by “poetic texts” through a number of programming languages and softwares to produce the piece, reflecting the ones that the author once learned but became obsolete. It is an attention grabbing attempt that successfully linked the critical awareness of media directly to the expression.The remark by the Grand Prize winner of the Entertainment Division, KISHINO Yuichi, who presented a parody version of Oppekepebushi, holds a certain truism; “People have the most possiblity as a media”. However, I was fascinated by the vitality provocating the audiences who have grown indifferent to this fact. I would like to praise that such work emerged having greatly deviated from the stereotype of Media Arts.


Animation Artist

As the first 15 years have passed in the 21st Century, we have entered a world where serious debates are taking place about the differences between humanity and machine, the very topic HOSHI Shinichi and TEZUKA Osamu frequently dealt in their works. The topic of artificial intelligence is booming and the speculations on what machines can and cannot do has become more intensified. This is the Japan Media Arts Festival of such era. According to the Grand Prize winner in the Art Division, the resultant piece deployed a number of old computer languages as if reconnecting with old friends or a pilgrimage through ancient, lost sites. The Grand Prize in the Entertainment Division explored possible futures of entertainment through the analog and digital musical rendition of an epic, in which the KAWAKAMI Otojiro Troupe goes on a journey to undo the magic Electricity God placed on the audience at the 1900 Paris World Exposition. In the Animation Division, the universe evolves and transforms by animation created by immense quantity of hand-drawing and digital work, all in an effort to literally capture the concept of Rhizome. The Manga Division winner brilliantly expresses a story of the microcosm innately inside each manga artist consumed with the sole will “to draw”. The common trait of all four Special Achievement Award-winners are that they continue to be active in their respective categories and play important key roles. Having known them all coincidentally in personal capacities, I send my heartfelt congratulations and appreciation for their contributions, and hope they will continue to lead their disciplines.