JAPAN MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL

PARTICIPATION IN OVERSEAS MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL Exhibition & Screening at international festivals

Screening Program

Japan Media Art Festival Focus in Japan Selection


This program comprises 10 works that focuses of Japanese Artist from the Japan Media Arts Festival 2015.


group_inou「EYE」
group_inou「EYE」

HASHIMOTO Baku/NOGAMI Katsuki(Japan)

Entertainment Division 2015 New Face Award3 min. 32sec.
Music video

This work pertains to groupinou’s album MAP, which contains the track used in this music video. It was created by combining a rigorous optimization process that utilizes various digital tools with a process that involves meticulous frame-by-frame creation. Furthermore, the project’s production tools and methods were released to the public as open-source material. Although based on a simple idea, the resulting video is a manifestation of the artists’ enthusiasm, imbued with qualities that defy time and technological trends.


OK Go I Won't Let You Down
OK Go "I Won't Let You Down"

HARANO Morihiro / Damian KULASH, Jr. / SEKI Kazuaki / NISHIDA Jun / furitsukekagyou air:man (Japan)

Entertainment Division 2015 Jury Selections5 min. 20sec.
Music video

Music video for the American rock band OK Go. A dance performance using UNI-CUB, a transportation vehicle operated by weight shifting, is captured from various perspectives. The film, which was shot in a single take with the help of the latest drone technology, features a range of views including one captured on the ground at 0-meters height, to a view of 2,400 dancers captured from 700 meters in the air.


YASKAWA BUSHIDO PROJECT / industrial robot vs sword master
YASKAWA BUSHIDO PROJECT / industrial robot vs sword master

YASKAWA BUSHIDO PROJECT Team (ABE Mitsushi, Representative)(Japan)

Entertainment Division 2015 Jury Selections4 min. 55sec.
Video work

Sword techniques of MACHII Isao, who holds five world records, were studied through 3D analysis, and precisely reproduced by an industrial robot, “MOTOMAN-MH24”. Created with a theme of enabling robots to inherit advanced techniques engendered by Japanese culture, this work interprets human body performance through robot technology. The work attempts to express civility and empathy for others, which are important in bushido (Samurai's way).


Shizuku no kotoba (Dripping words)
Shizuku no kotoba (Dripping words)

MIYAOKA Mizuki / ISHIKAWA Yasuaki(Japan)

Entertainment Division 2015 Jury Selections2 min. 5sec.
Video work

This work expresses the natural phenomenon of dew dripping through gravity, using video of rain and rain drops superimposed over associated onomatopoeia, and music composed only of the onomatopoeia. It is a poetic video expression that interweaves words with nature, based on a similarity between drops of water clustering and dripping on a window, and the way in which “words” are formed as accumulation of letters.


I Can't Breathe
I Can't Breathe

KIHATA Sayaka(Japan)

Animation Division 2015 Jury Selections8 min.09sec.
Animated short film

This sand animation uses the motif of water to interweave reality and an imaginary landscape, expressing the emotional changes and uncertainty of the protagonist's guilt. A young boy accidentally drowns his friend while playing during a school swimming class, after which he is tormented by guilt and the accusing stares of his peers. Gradually he is drowned by the water that rises all around him, leaving him alone in the deep underwater.


Nothing you need to see
Nothing you need to see

ITO Keigo(Japan)

Animation Division 2015 Jury Selections3 min.38sec.
Animated short film

This hand-drawn animation thematizes what we are looking at in everyday life. Created using pencils, pastels, and oil paints, the drawn pictures were then shot with a digital camera and spliced together as video. Set on a fantasy train representing a kind of mental landscape, a young man shuts himself off from the outside world by reversing his face so he does not see anything, while another man silently stuffs garbage into the face.


SUGAR LUMP
SUGAR LUMP

OKAWARA Ryo(Japan)

Animation Division 2015 Jury Selections3 min.50sec.
Animated short film

This tale of adolescence extracts a moment of a boy’s youth when he grows up between his home and outside. The animation, which resembles a series of graphic design images, is based on the artist’s own middle school days. The boy who continues to commit minor acts of delinquency cannot drink strong black coffee, but always brushes aside his mother’s hand when she proffers a lump of sugar.


Zdravstvuite!
Zdravstvuite!

YUKI Yoko(Japan)

Animation Division 2015 Jury Selections5 min.38sec.
Animated short film

This animation recreates something that happened to the artist. One summer day she meets an elderly man who teaches her Russian on a beach in Yokohama and then shows her the familiar city in a completely new way. Produced using a combination of different techniques such as papercutting and clay, the film also integrates voices recorded outside on actual location.


Voyage de Hokusai (Journey of Hokusai)
Voyage de Hokusai (Journey of Hokusai)

SHIRIAGARI Kotobuki(Japan)

Art Division 2015 Jury Selections5 min.30sec.
Video work

This short movie was commissioned by the ARTE TV network for the Hokusai exhibition that was held at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais in Paris in late 2014 and early 2015. The Edo painter KATSUSHIKA Hokusai is shown humorously maneuvering a dancing brush to the melody of Erik SATIE’s composition Je te veux across a horizontal scroll in this animated rotoscope-style work full of handmade touches.


unforgettable landscape (ROWAN TREE)
unforgettable landscape (ROWAN TREE)

SAKAMOTO Natsumi(Japan)

Art Division 2015 Jury Selections10 min.51sec.
Video work

Inspired by her grandmother’s recollections, the artist created this documentary dealing with people’s memories of rowan trees. The tree is a wondrous plant that appears in Ainu and Scottish mythology. Individual memories fuse together, traversing the realms of fact and fiction. While tracing memories, this work examines how personal narratives provide a structure for historical narratives.