3rd Digital Art (Interactive Art) Division Excellence Award
Maywa Denki Live Performance
Maywa Denki [Japan]
Reason for Award
In Maywa Denki’s performance, a piece that transcends existing definitions of modern art and music, Japan’s own distinctive sense of humor and the fine modeling of the traditional craftsman are fused seamlessly with the latest in digital programming. One of the distinguishing characteristics of 20th Century art has been the search ever more encompassing modes of expression. Maywa’s performance shows us how digital technology can contribute mightily to achieving this goal without damaging the elements of traditional culture.