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Organizations in liaison with the festival call for new exhibition plans that utilize the characteristics of its facilities and award brilliant works. The awarded works will be shown during the term of Exhibition of Award-winning Works.

Call for Entries in 23rd Festival

In 23rd festival, there will be an open call for a work to be shown on the Globe-like display at Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.
Miraikan has two spherical video systems. The first is Geo-Cosmos, a spherical display and the museum’s signature exhibition. The second is Dome Theater GAIA, equipped with a full-dome 3D video system.
Each has a completely different format, and the content for each is created and experienced in different ways. However, the systems are identical in that they are both designed for spherical video images. The only difference between the two is that one is designed to be viewed from the outside of the sphere, and the other is designed to be viewed from the inside.
The globe-like display enables viewers to change positions to see the contest, which affects the way they interpret and experience the content. With Geo-Cosmos, viewers are free to choose a viewpoint, and to move around as they experience the video images. Inside Dome Theater GAIA, viewers sit in a fixed position to experience a sense of immersion surrounded by video and sound.
Looking forward to seeing expressions taking advantage of those differences, the festival calls for a work in the two categories, “Geo-Cosmos Category” and “Dome Theater Category.”

Video Image Concept

  • “Sharing a New World: From Square to Spherical”

    From square planes to spherical spaces. Humankind is attempting to free itself from the longstanding, static limitations of two-dimensional planes, and to grasp the new visual expression of spheres (three-dimensional space).
    As 360-degree cameras, virtual reality, and other new platforms appear, the potential of video expression continues to expand. We encourage you to use these new spherical displays to depict the world that unfolds around us without dividing it into sections, and to pioneer the expression of new viewpoints that change our global awareness.


  • Festival Platform Awards

Geo-Cosmos Category Certificate, trophy, 500,000 Japanese yen
Dome Theater Category Certificate, trophy, 500,000 Japanese yen


  • Geo-Cosmos Category

    For this category, we solicit video works designed for screening and viewing from multiple viewpoints on Geo-Cosmos, the signature exhibition of Miraikan.

    What is Geo-Cosmos?
    Geo-Cosmos is the signature exhibition of Miraikan. Geo-Cosmos originated from former astronaut and Miraikan Executive Director MOHRI Mamoru’s desire to share the glittering appearance of Earth as viewed from space with as many people as possible. Because viewers can see the same video images from several different angles, and there is no single “front” or “head-on” view, the video image platform is free of the restrictions of two-dimensional video, and opens up an endless range of video expression.

    You can see the works that won the past Geo-Cosmos Content Contest organized by Miraikan
  • Dome Theater Category

    For this category, we solicit video works designed for screening in Dome Theater GAIA at Miraikan.
    Dome Theater GAIA is a spherical video system that can project full-dome images in 4K resolution in both 2D and 3D onto a dome-shaped screen with a diameter of 15.24 m and 23° angle of inclination.

Screening Criteria

Concept Does the work capture and incorporate the video image concept?
Expression Is the video expression polished and aesthetically pleasing?
Technology Does the work account for the respective characteristics of Geo-Cosmos or the Dome Theater?
Originality Does the work incorporate the artist’s distinct viewpoint in an appealing way?