Award-winning WorksFestival Platform Award


  • YONEZAWA Kyoko
    Creative Tech Director, Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo
    Technologies Expanding the Boundary of Expression
    This is the third year of the Festival Platform Award,
    newly established in the 23rd Festival. With predetermined platforms and video concepts, the Festival
    Platform Award is unique among the other awards at
    the Japan Media Arts Festival.
    This year’s theme was “Sharing a New World: Reflecting the Current State of Our World.” We sought
    works that will allow viewers to intimately feel the
    connection between the world and themselves by realistically depicting the current state of the world as it
    takes the first steps toward a sustainable future.
    Although the total number of entries increased from
    the previous year, opportunities to go out to watch
    something with other people have still been significantly
    decreased due to the COVID-19 pandemic persisting
    from the last year. Possibly because of such circumstances, unfortunately, there are many entries that were
    simply diverted from two-dimensional videos for personal screens.
    The two Award-winning Works propose ways to
    utilize the features of facilities and equipment, have
    themes that are consistent with the entry requirements,
    and demonstrate the creator’s unique perspective on
    the world in an attractive manner.
    The Geo-Cosmos spherical display is a unique
    platform for multiple uses, and can be viewed from the
    side or below. Fully recognizing such characteristics,
    the award-winner, Path of Noise (r, theta, phi), portrays
    people’s connections and separations by using images
    that appear beautiful from every angle.
    Dome Theater is a platform that can lively project full-dome images, as if surrounding the viewers.
    The award winner, Dear Virus successfully prompts a
    heartwarming feel by constructing analog paintings in
    a digital space. I look forward to seeing how it will be
    creatively restructured for the Dome Theater, including
    guiding the viewer’s line of sight.
    Uses of the new platforms such as Geo-Cosmos and
    the Dome Theater are yet to be developed. I expect to
    see more and more ambitious works.