17th Japan Media Arts Festival
If you are in Tokyo and need to see something new I’d recommend visiting the annual Japan Media Arts Festival exhibition held in Roppongi’s National Art Center. This year is the 17th festival, that was started to promote outstanding works in the categories of Art, Entertainment, Animation and Manga. 4347 entries from 84 countries competed for cash prices and a chance to exhibit here in Tokyo. Naturally the entries are Japan-heavy but there are a few international entries as well. This year’s show was slightly different from last year’s, in that the exhibition room was bright and airy compared to the darker space created last year. My favorites was a little fly held aloft by sound beams and manipulated by a hand held light, the Lapillus Bug, as well as a fantastically beautiful video game, “rain“. There were lots of other cool stuff as well,too many to mention here, but the official website has a lot of info and links.
If you haven’t already seen it, the MACHINE-Z robot band was also a pretty cool entry that unfortunately failed to woo any of the resident judges.