Works awarded at the 16th Japan Media Arts Festival hosted by the Agency for Cultural Affairs will be on exhibit from Feb. 13th at The National Art Center in Roppongi and others.

The festival introduces approximately 120 awarded compositions in four categories of art, entertainment, animation, and cartoon selected from 3,503 composition applications in and out of the nation. It screens current media art. The National Art Center exhibits artworks centered on awarded compositions extended to a wide assortment of genres in media art. The adjacent satellite event space screens animation and special programs from movie compositions. Establishment of a cartoon library allows reference of awarded compositions and more. Furthermore, public performances of compositions, presentation by winners, symposium by the jury and guests, and various events are planned.

Perfume “Global Site Project” by Daito Manabe, MIKIKO, and Yasutaka Nakata received the grand prix for entertainment. The project commemorates the world debut of Perfume and issues motion capture with original music and choreography on the official website for free. Moreover, data prepared for application on social coding service “GitHub” prompts secondary creation by programmers through extended functionality and sample codes. Over 500 projects produced everywhere in the world.

“COMBUSTIBLE Hinoyoujin” by Katsuhiro Otomo received the grand prix for animation. Fiction based on the conflagration of Edo, his animation fuses expression of created animation images with 3DCG and realizes innovative expression in motion.

“Pendulum Choir” received the grand prix for art. The composition features music performance by nine singers on top of an automatically controlled pedestal. The performance by art unit Cod.Act (Michel DÉCOSTERD and André DÉCOSTERD) fuses electric sound and vocal music with technology and the body. A long awaited first public performance in Asia.

“Cities of the Fantastic” by Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten received the grand prix for manga. The popular French and Belgian comic portrays numerous mysterious incidents to unfold in the dark cities of enigma in a parallel world.

Awarded compositions for entertainment, animation, and art scheduled to perform or screen at the event space.

【Event Information】
The 16th Japan Media Arts Festival by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Awarded Composition Exhibition
Main event space: The National Art Center (opens also at Tokyo Midtown, Cinem@rt Roppongi, and SuperDeluxe)
Address: 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Dates: February 13th – 24th, 2013
Time: 10:00 to 18:00 (Fridays until 20:00/ Entrance admitted until thirty minutes prior to close)
Closed: February 19th