On February 12th, “The Exhibition of Award-winning Works of the 16th Japan Media Arts Festival” showed a preview exhibition for journalists at its main event space, The National Art Center, Tokyo, one day prior to the opening of the exhibit.

The event space exhibits approximately 120 works which were selected for Grand Prizes, Jury Selections or Special Achievement Awards out of 3,503 applicants nationwide and worldwide for art, entertainment, animation, and manga divisions.

At the preview exhibition, award-winners of each division attended interviews and photo shooting. Grand Prix Winner for entertainment division is Daito Manabe of creative group Rhizomatiks, who managed Perfume “Global Site Project”. Fashion Headline asked him about his concept for the awarded work and his impression as a recipient of the award.

He answers, “This site features the release of motion capture data and sound source to the public to prompt secondary creation. Thus, over 500 secondary compositions for Hatsune Miku and robots have been produced worldwide. The site cannot introduce every composition, but Perfume fans created a compilation site. I think this phenomenon connects to the aim of this project. I wanted to produce a participatory mechanism. It is not the director in charge but the fans that create the idols. I am honored to receive high appraisal for this process and mechanism.”

Additionally, “The Wolf Children Rain and Snow” director Mamoru Hosoda and “LUPIN the Third-The Woman Called Fujiko Mine-” director Sayo Yamamoto, who won the award of animation and the brothers DÉCOSTERD of art division, and from overseas Benoît Peeters & François Schuiten of manga division appeared on the scene.

The Exhibition of Award-winning Works opens until the 24th.

【Event Information】
The Exhibition of Award-winning Works of the 16thJapan Media Arts Festival
Main event space: The National Art Center (Also open at Tokyo Midtown, Cinem@rt Roppongi, and SuperDeluxe )
Address: 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Dates: February 13th (Wed.) to 24th (Sun.) 2013
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Fridays until 8 pm/Entrance admitted until thirty minutes prior to close)
Closed: February 19th (Tues.)
Admission: free of charge