Festival Platform Award
Creative Director and CCO, Whatever Inc.
Prior to joining Whatever as CCO, KAWAMURA was co-founder and Executive Creative Director of the creative lab, PARTY, and also served as CEO of PARTY New York, in charge of all global business. His diverse activities include global campaigns for a variety of brands, development of numerous products and TV programs, and music video direction. Throughout his career, KAWAMURA has earned countless international awards, such as at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, and was also chosen by the American magazine Creativity as one of their “Creative 50,” as well as for Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” and Nippon wo toppasuru hyakunin (100 People to Break Through Japan).
Founder and CEO, Enhance / Director, Synesthesia Lab / Project Professor, Keio University Graduate School of Media Design
MIZUGUCHI has been continuing his creative work with the goal of further expanding the synesthesia experience. In 2001, he released Rez, a game that integrates images with music. His subsequent releases include Lumines (2004), a puzzle game of sounds and light; Child of Eden (2010), which allows players to experience synesthesia while maneuvering like a conductor; Rez Infinite (2016), a virtual reality (VR)-compatible expanded version of Rez; Tetris® Effect (2018), a VR-compatible expanded version of Tetris; Synesthesia Suit (2016), which spreads music throughout the entire body using lights and vibration; and Synesthesia X1-2.44 (2019), a synesthesia experience device. He is also a board member of Media Ambition Tokyo (MAT).
Creative Tech Director, Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo
Majored in aerospace engineering at university and pursued graduate studies in human-computer interaction. As a student, YONEZAWA developed Cat@Log Human Cat Interaction Platform, which was selected as an Exploratory IT Human Resources Project (MITOU Project) by the Information-Technology Promotion Agency of Japan. She works in a wide range of technology-related fields, from R&D and corporate campaign planning to service planning and development, product innovation, and art. She also delivers consistent creative direction, from corporate identity formulation for a space startup to product design. She joined Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo in 2020. Her major projects include dots by internavi and Sound of Honda / Ayrton Senna 1989 for Honda, PLAY AIR for Olympus, HAKUTO for ispace, and CATS music video for Leah Dou. She has won numerous awards such as the Cannes Lions Titanium Grand Prix, the D&AD Black Pencil, Japan Media Arts Festival Grand Prize, and the Good Design Gold Award. She is also a cat lover.