The Japan Media Arts Festival is seeking diverse works that carve out a path for a new era. Award-winning works selected from among the entries will be widely exhibited both within Japan and abroad through various projects and events organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in the aim of developing and promoting the creation of media arts.
To be eligible for entry, works must satisfy all of the following conditions.
・Works for spherical surfaces or domes
・Video works, or application programs capable of real-time video creation that can be projected onto a screen
* Works submitted for the Festival Platform Award cannot be submitted for awards in the Art, Entertainment, Animation, or Manga divisions.
Spherical Exhibitions at Miraikan
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.
Geo-Cosmos and Dome Theater GAIA are identical in the systems that they are both designed for spherical video images. The only difference between the two is the “viewpoint”, 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 a viewpoint, 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 looking at the outside of the sphere. On the other hand, Dome Theater GAIA has a feature that 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.”
What is Geo-Cosmos?
Geo-Cosmos is the signature exhibition of Miraikan. Geo-Cosmos originated from former astronaut and the first Chief 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.
What is Dome Theater GAIA?
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.
Video Image Concept
Sharing a New World: Reflecting the Current State of Our World
While facing various challenges in modern society, all humans who exist today are sharing a common point in time, like the crew of the same ship. We welcome amazing 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. We encourage you to take advantage of the defining characteristic of the displays of the Miraikan—their spherical shape—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.
Geo-Cosmos Category Certificate, trophy, 500,000 Japanese yen
Dome Theater Category Certificate, trophy, 500,000 Japanese yen