14th Art Division Critiques

The role of art in creatively building a new relationship between society and people

The Art Division usually receives many entries from overseas, and this year it reached an unprecedented level, making up for 43 percent of the total. On the whole, we encountered many works in the movie, digital photograph, graphics still image, and website genres that bring the sense of déjà vu.. On the other hand, in the interactive art and installation genres, a new trend was seen in the works that reflect the technologies becoming an everyday affair and the resulting changes in society. I believe this is because in the two genres (interactive art and installation), the media and methods of expression are not limited but rather the linkage of multiple media and domains are acceptable. In other words, I was able to confirm anew that the way of expression of art is not limited to existing technologies, aesthetics or methods of expression but becoming more diverse, and that in itself is an essential characteristic of Media Arts.
The jury largely agreed on Award Winners, which means that there was a clear difference between Award-Winning level and other works.
The jury's opinions were split over the Grand Prize, with some voting for The EyeWriter. There were largely two tendencies of Award-Winning Works. One is work with high-quality finish and a strong spatial and perceptual impact, which is not a mere spectacle but has somewhat detached perspectives. The other is work that draws away from the identity of the artist and expands from an everyday project into a public one, incorporating concepts such as information sharing and DIY. Both of these types of works have a commonality in that they both encourage the participation of the audience.
Finally, my overall impression was that the trend of art is shifting to a more mature direction in which an emphasis is placed on how to rediscover and put together new and old technologies rather than the advanced development of technologies, and that art is beginning to play a role in defamiliarizing the relationship between society and people to build a new relationship with more creativity.

DIY: An abbreviation for "Do It Yourself," a concept of making one's living environment more comfortable by oneself.

Media Art Curator
Born in Kyoto. Director of Media Arts Consortium Organizing Office. Speciallyassigned professor at Tokyo Zokei University, guest professor at Tama Art University, lecturer at International Academy of Medi a Arts and Sciences IAMAS. Cross-media study of the creative relationship between the information environment and art; exhibitions and projects at Canon Art Lab 1990-2001, NTT InterCommunication Center ICC, 2004-2010 and elsewhere. Major projects include Amodal Suspension Yamaguchi Center for Art and Media, polarm Yamaguchi Center for Art and Media, MobLab Executive Committee member, open nature ICC, and Mission G: sensing the earth ICC. Jury in many competitions including Prix Ars Electronica.