JAPAN MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL

Jury Members


Art Division

FUJIMOTO Yukio
Artist
Born in 1950 in Aichi Prefecture. He graduated from the Department of Musicology of Osaka University of Arts. Among his major solo exhibitions are Audio Picnic at the Museum, held one day each year from 1997 – 2006 (Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City), Reading to Another Dimension (Center for Contemporary Graphic Art and Tyler Graphic Archive Collection [CCGA], 2001), Here and There (Nagoya City Art Museum, 2006), and ÉCHO - Son Virtuel (Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007), Philosophical Toys (Otani Memorial Art Museum, 2007), +/- (The National Museum Of Art, 2007) and Relations (Wakayama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, 2007). His major group exhibitions include the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001 and the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. Since the mid-1980s, he has been creating devices and sound objects that visualize “sound” in everyday life. Through installations, performances and workshops he has conducted activities to reveal a new form of perception through the experience of “sound in space”.

ISHIDA Takashi
Painter, Film Artist and Associate Professor, Tama Art University
Born in 1972 in Tokyo. ISHIDA Takashi is a painter and film artist. He most commonly uses a technique of drawn animation, in which he draws lines in the space and shoots images of them one frame at a time. By interposing multiplying lines, moving points and other mobile elements, ISHIDA's installations change the quality of the space. He received the Most Promising Young Talent Prize of the Gotoh Commemorative Culture Award in 2007. He is an associate professor at Tama Art University. His recent major exhibitions include MOT Collection Silent Narrator: On Plural Stories Special Feature: Takashi Ishida (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2011), Double Vision: Contemporary Art from Japan (Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 2012), Distilling Senses: A Journey through Art and Technology in Asian Contemporary Art (Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong, 2013) and BILLOWING LIGHT: ISHIDA Takashi (Solo Exhibition, Yokohama Museum of Art / Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, 2015).

MORIYAMA Tomoe
Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
MORIYAMA was engaged in the launch of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and its images and technology gallery as a curator from 1989, while she was still enrolled in the graduate school of the University of Tsukuba. While teaching at universities including the Graduate School of the University of Tokyo, Waseda University, Bauhaus University, and UCLA, she has curated approximately 50 media art exhibitions in Japan and abroad. She has held her current position since 2007. With a scholarship from the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, she stayed at ZKM and MIT Media Lab as an invited researcher. She served as a consulting curator at the J.P. Getty Research Institute and as a jury member for the Ars Electronica Grand Prix. At SIGGRAPH Asia in 2008 (Singapore), she was the first Japanese chairman of the program “Art Gallery / Emerging Technologies”. She also served as a jury member at NHK’s Japan Prize. Through her activities at the Council for Cultural Affairs, she established and developed public museums as a platform for media art and conducted research and practice related to themes of cooperation between technology and art and exhibition support. Among the major exhibitions she curated are IMAGINATION, A Universe in Storyboards – Birth of an Image, Meta-Visual, Haptic Literature - intersection of text/media art, Kohei Nawa - SYNTHESIS, Tokujin Yoshioka_Crystallize, mission [SPACEXART] – beyond cosmologies, Japan Media Arts Festival Linz Exhibition and Aichi Exhibition (at the former Aichi Expo 2005 site). Among her main published books are: Re-Imagination and Meta-Visual (French Edition), [co-author and supervisor].

NAKAZAWA Hideki
Artist
NAKAZAWA Hideki is an artist, born in 1963 in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. While studying at the medical department of Chiba University in 1983, he began his first artistic activities (acrylic painting). In 1990, he switched careers from being an oculist to an illustrator. He commenced a second artistic period, Silly CG, by replacing paintbrushes with a computer mouse. In 1997, he made a shift to fine art, substituting computer graphic pixels with symbols such as letters (this, his third artistic period, Method Painting). He resumed the use of colors in 2004, entering his fourth period, Serious Painting, New-Method and others. He wrote Methodicist Manifesto and New-Methodicist Manifesto. As named in official patent records, Nakazawa is the inventor of a “Voxel Data Processing Using Attributes Thereof”, and “Solid Object Generation”. He has published three books; Textbook of Modern Art History, The Lives of Western Painters and Art History: Japan 1945-2014. He has also released music, entitled Hideki Nakazawa Music Works. He won the MMA Artist Prize at the Multimedia Grand Prix '95 and the Encouragement Prize at VOCA 2003. He founded the Artificial Intelligence Art and Aesthetics Research Group and has been its representative since 2016.

SATOW Morihiro
Historian of Visual Culture and Professor, Kyoto Seika University
Born in 1966 in Kyoto Prefecture. After obtaining a masters degree from Columbia University in New York, he obtained a doctoral degree in Art Theory from Doshisha University. SATOW specializes in the fields of Art History and Visual Culture, and is the author of Topografi no Nihon Kindai – Edo Doro-e, Yokohama Shashin, Geijutsu Shashin (Topography and Japanese Modernity: Edo Doro-e, Yokohama Photography and Art Photography) [Seikyusha, 2011]. Recent articles include The Picture-Language of Industrial Capitalism: Allan SEKULA and the Photographic Archive in Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015 [Official Catalogue] [Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture Organizing Committee, 2015] and Kitch and Modernity: Gonda Yasunosuke and Naniwa-bushi as Popular Entertainment in Taisho Imagery, vol.11 [2016]. He was one the Japanese translators of Geoffrey BATCHEN’s Burning with Desire: The Conception of Photography, [Seikyusha, 2010]. SATOW won a New Face Award at the 62nd Ministry of Education Awards for Fine Arts in the category “Art Critique”.

Entertainment Division

ENDO Masanobu
Game Creator and Professor, Tokyo Polytechnic University
ENDO is a pioneer among Japanese game creators. Since the 1980s he has created numerous works in a variety of fields and genres, including arcade games, home video games, PC games, card games, mobile phone applications and smart phone applications. He is currently working on the development of game-related textbooks and the education of the next generation of game creators, while also active as a leading force in game research in Japan.

HIGASHIIZUMI Ichiro
Designer and Creative Director
Born in Tokyo. After studying engineering, he began a career as a designer. The aim of his work is to make original objects. Bridging several fields of design and science, engineering, art and physical expression, he is concerned with innovation and solutions for problems in wide-ranging contexts. Since serving as director of Sensorium Project, which won a Golden Nica Award in the network division of Ars Electronica in 1997, he has created many experimental installations in different countries. For the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), he developed Hands-On Model of the Internet. His other projects include stage design work for the FIFA World Cup 2002, concept models for KDDI’s AU design project, JAXA’s moonbell, and so-called “emotional physical interfaces”. From forms of expression that refer to street music, dance and video to total design concepts, he continues to work on communication design projects of all scales. He loves fast things and high places.

KUDO Takeshi
Curator, Aomori Museum of Art
Born in 1967, he has been affiliated with the Aomori Museum of Art since the time of its set-up phase. KUDO specializes in Japanese postwar (WWII) art. He has been engaged in many projects that question the system of “art” and “exhibitions”. He has curated exhibitions including Tateishi Tiger 1963-1993 (1994), YAMAMOTO Sakubei (1996), Jomon to Gendai (The Jomon Period and the Present) (2007), The TERAYAMA SHUJI - Theatre Museum (2008), Love Love Show (2009), Art and Air (2012) and TOHL NARITA – Art / Special Effects / Monsters. He has also curated tour exhibitions such as The Chronicles of KAIYODO (From 2004 onwards, Art Tower Mito, Taipei Fine Arts Museum et al.), Box Art (From 2006 onwards, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, et al.). In recent years, he formed “Torimega Lab”, which conducts research on visual cultures, together with MURAKAMI Atsushi (Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art) and KAWANISHI Yuri (Iwami Art Museum, Shimane Arts Center). They have presented two exhibitions so far, Robots and the Arts (2010), and Bishojo no Bijutsushi (Art History of the Beautiful Girl) (2014). His books include Aomori Art Museum Concept Book [Space Shower Books, 2014].

SATO Naoki
Art Director and Professor, Tama Art University
Born in Tokyo in 1961, and currently living in Mitaka, Tokyo. Professor at Tama Art University, instructor at Bigakko. After graduating from the Hokkaido University of Education, he studied the sociology of education and language at Shinshu University, and also studied painting under Mokuma Kikuhata at Bigakko. In 1994 he became the art director for WIRED magazineʼs launch in Japan. Then in 1998 he founded ASYL DESIGN inc. (current Asyl). From 2003 to 2010 he produced Central East Tokyo (CET), an art, design and architecture event. In 2010 he was involved in the establishment of 3331 Arts Chiyoda. His work is included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, receiving awards from Japan and overseas. His artwork There, it has grown. has been exhibited in Trans Arts Tokyo 2013-, Odate/Kita-Akita Arts Festival 2014, and other locations.

YONEMITSU Kazunari
Game Designer
Born in 1964. Game designer and writer. Responsible for the concept, screenplay and direction of a large number of games, including Puyo Puyo, Sozo to kotoba (Imagination and Words), Baroque, and King of Wands. His most recently released game is Sozo to kotoba. His publications include Shiko Tsu-ru to shite no Tarot (Tarot as a tool for thinking) [Kindle], Jibun dake ni shika omoitsukanai Aidea o mitsukeru Hoho (How to come up with ideas that only you can find) [Nikkei Publishing], and A Guide to Multiplying the Fun of Your Job by a Hundredfold [KK Bestsellers]. He is a member of the public gathering of haiku poets, Tokyo Mach. He serves as a full-time lecturer for the Advanced Editing and Writing class, organized by Sendenkaigi, and as a lecturer for the Training Hall of Expression at Ikebukuro Community College.

Animation Division

KIFUNE Tokumitsu
Animation Artist and Representative, IKIF+ and Professor, Tokyo Zokei University
Born in 1959 in Kanagawa prefecture. He graduated from the department of Fine Arts at Tokyo Zokei University, where he majored in painting. In 2001, he was appointed a professor at the same university. In 1979, he formed the unit IKIF together with KIFUNE Sonoko. They began creating animations and continuously released experimental animations and video installations. From the late 1980s he began engaging with CG animation and founded IKIF+ in 1997. Thereafter, he participated in the creation of the 3DCG animations for Metropolis, Innocence, Steam Boy and Sky Crawler, among others. He served as 3D director for the NHK Educational Petit Anime Series Pu-, ba-, ga- (1995-1997), for BLOOD THE LAST VAMPIRE (2000) and Tachiguishi-Retsuden (2006). He participated in Doraemon the Movie as creator of the opening animation as well as 3D director and supervisor from 2007 to 2009. He is a board member of the Japan Animation Association, and a member of the executive committee of the Inter Collage Animation Festival (ICAF). He is a member of the Japan Society for Animation Studies, the Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences, and Association Internationale du Film d'Animation (ASIFA).

NISHIKUBO Mizuho
Visual Director
Born in 1953 in Tokyo Prefecture, NISHIKUBO Mizuho entered the Waseda University Broadcasting Society in 1972, and joined Tatsunoko Production Company in 1976. After leaving the company in 1979, he worked under the guidance of DEZAKI Osamu. He then became a freelance director for TV and original video animations, films, commercials, promotional videos, and games. He worked as a director for the films Atagoal wa neko no mori (Atagoal: Cat's Magical Forest), Miyamoto Musashi: soken ni haseru yume (Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai), Giovanni no shima (Giovanni's Island), the original video animations Machikado no Märchen (Radio City Fantasy), Eiji, Den-ei shojo (Video Girl Ai), the animated TV series Miyuki, Akai kodan Zillion (Red Photon Zillion), Tenku senki Shurato (Legend of the Heavenly Sphere Shurato), Otogi zoshi, the commercials Yume no Kanau Basho (Where Dreams Come True), NEXT A-Class, and the Yarudora game series. He has also worked as a sequence director in a series of works directed by OSHII Mamoru, such as Innocence (Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence). Giovanni no shima (Giovanni's Island) has won 15 awards in 8 countries, including at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival (France), the Fantasia International Film Festival (Canada), the Mainichi Film Awards (Japan), and the Chicago International Children's Film Festival (United States).

MORINO Kazuma
Director and CG Artist
Born in Shizuoka prefecture in 1966. He is the representative of Stripe Factory, Inc.. and a lecturer at Tama Art University. At the leading academic society for computer graphics SIGGRAPH, he has won ten awards since 1993 for both his artwork and commercial work, such as TV commercials. He has won numerous awards at festivals outside Japan, such as the PRIX ARS ELECTRONICA, Imagina. His vigorous activity has international and domestic reach, and he has participated in a large number of group exhibitions at museums, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is also active as a director for commercials. He has created motion graphics for Toshiba, Suntory and Japan Television among others. At the Aichi Expo, he was the director of the first floor of the Seto Japan Pavilion. He has created promotion videos for Ken ISHII and INOUE Yosui and is also drawing attention as a VJ at live concerts. In 2015, a solo exhibition of his 3D works was held under the title PINK SKIN.

TAKAHASHI Ryosuke
Animation Director
Born in 1943 in Tokyo. In 1964, he began his career with Mushi Production and served as director of many of their early TV animations. After leaving Mushi Production, he directed the science fiction animation Zero Tester, produced during the start-up phase of the studio Sunrise, and which defined the entire direction of the company. Among his most representative works are Fang of the Sun Dougram (writer/director, 1981), Armored Trooper VOTOMS (writer/director,1983), Hi no Tori (director, 2004), NHK’s Morizo and Kiccoro (director, 2004), Aniplex’s FLAG (writer/general director, 2006), Intrigue in the Bakumatsu – Irohanihoheto (writer / general director, 2006), and the television program Ozuma (general director, 2012), which was produced for the 20th anniversary of the broadcaster WOWOW. Recently he has also held a position as a professor at Osaka University of Arts, where he educates the next generation of creators.

YOKOTA Masao
MD and Ph.D., Professor, Nihon University
Born in 1954 in Saitama Prefecture, YOKOTA Masao studied animation in the Creative Image Courses in the Department of Cinema at College of Art, Nihon University. Upon graduation, he entered the Psychology Program of the Graduate School of Literature and Social Sciences, Nihon University and received a Master’s degree in 1979. He withdrew from the doctoral program of the same school having completed the coursework in 1982. Starting with a presentation at the 19th Convention of the Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences titled “Animation ni okeru ugoki no shinrigakuteki kenkyu” (A Psychological Analysis of Motion in Animation), he has presented his research results on animation at the Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences, the Japan Society for Animation Studies, and the Society for Animation Studies. He has also published articles in academic journals. His animation-related activities include guest lecturer at I Castelli Animati, and acting as both a jury member and a lecturer at Puchon International Student Animation Festival (PISAF). He is a member of the board of the Japan Society for Animation Studies, an auditor of the Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences, and Executive Director of the Japanese Psychological Association. His major publications include Japanese Animation: East Asian Perspectives (University Press of Mississippi, 2013; co-editor and author), Animation no jiten (The Encyclopedia of Animation, Asakura Shoten, 2012; co-editor and author), Animation no rinsho shinrigaku (A Clinical Psychology of Animation, Seishin Shobo, 2006), Animation to life cycle no shinrigaku (A Psychology of Animation and Life Cycle, Rinsen Shoten, 2008), Nikkan animation no shinri bunseki: deai, majiwari, tojikomori (A Psychological Analysis of Japanese and Korean Animation: Encounter, Interaction, and Withdrawal from Society, Rinsen Shoten, 2009), Media kara yomitoku rinsho shinrigaku: manga, anime wo aishi, kenko na kokoro wo hagukumu (Clinical Psychology of the Media: How to Love Manga and Anime and Develop a Healthy Mind, Science-sha, 2016).

Manga Division

FURUNAGA Shinichi
Scholar of literature and Associate Professor, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Born in 1967. After studying at the Paris Diderot University, Paris 7, he completed the doctoral course at the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences at Waseda University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Representation Studies in Art and Culture at Tokyo Metropolitan University. His books include Georges Bataille - Kyogi no Vijon (Georges Bataille – Vision of Sacrifice) [Waseda University Press] and BD Daiku no Geijutsu (Bande Dessinée – Neuvième Art) [Publisher Michitani]. His translations include Sei naru Inbo (Holy Intrigue) [joint translation, Chikuma Gakugeibunko], Thierry Groensteen's Lignes de vie. Le visage dessinée (Lines of Life: The Drawn Face) [Jinbunshoin], Pascal Rabaté's IBICUS [Kokushokankokai], François Schuiten's La Douce [ShoPro], Sergio Toppi's Sharaz-De [ShoPro], François Schuiten's and Benoît Peeters' Les Cités Obscures joint translation [ShoPro], Marc-Antoine Mathieu's Dieu en personne [Kawade Shobo Shinsha], Sebastian Roffat's Animation and Propaganda [joint-translation, Hosei University Press] and Thierry Groensteen's and Benoît Peeters' Töpffer – L'invention de la bande dessinée joint translation [Hosei University Press].

INUKI Kanako
Manga Artist and Visiting Professor, Osaka University of Arts
Born in 1958 in Hokkaido. She made her debut with a special edition of Shojo Friend [Kodansha]. Since the beginning of the series Suspense and Horror [Kodansha, 1989-], she has been drawing the covers and front pages of its magazines. In 1989 she also released one of her best-known works, Fushigi no Tatarichan (Strange Tatari) [Kodansha, 1992-]. In 1992 many publishers, including Akita Shoten, Bunkasha, Leed Publishing and Kadokawa Shoten, released horror manga. INUKI drew the covers and front pages for all of them. At this time, her works were first used as the basis for original video animations. A judge for the Kanako Inuki Manga Award, she has also regularly served as a selection member for several horror manga magazines. In 2001 an exhibition of her works was held at the National Museum of China in Beijing, as part of the 1st Japan-China Non-governmental Cultural Exchange. INUKI is a jury member of Manga no Hi and the Japan Manga Association Award. Since 2008 she has been a visiting professor at Osaka University of Arts. Solo exhibitions of her work were held in France in 2011 and in Ginza, Tokyo in 2013. In April 2014 she was appointed as a lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts. In 2016 the exhibition Hora-mangaka Inkuki Kanako no Sekai (Horror-Manga Artist – The world of INUKI Kanako) was held at Nihon University College of Art’s Archive and Museum.

KADOKURA Shima
Manga Journalist
Born in 1970 in Kanagawa Prefecture. After working as an editor at Amazon Japan she became a freelance writer in 2003. Since then, she has planned and written articles related mainly to manga, such as interviews with manga artists and serial columns in magazines including Da Vinci, Morning and Lettuce Club. Her books include Manga No no Kitaekata (How to Train Manga Brains) [Shueisha, 2010], for which she conducted interviews with artists about their working techniques, We Are Uchu Kyodai - Uchu Hikoshi no Sokojikara (We are Space Brothers – The Strength of Astronauts) for which she interviewed astronauts and space development specialists, We are Uchu Kyodai - Uchu wo Butai ni Katsuyaku suru Hitotachi (We are Space Brothers – People Active on the Stage of Space) [Morning Editorial Department, Kodansha, +a Shinsho, 2012]. She also edited a language studies book in France, Le Japonais du Manga, co-authored with Misato RAILLARD [Assimil, 2015], which features Japanese manga terms for French manga fans.

MATSUDA Hiroko
Manga Artist
Born in Osaka Prefecture in 1964, and raised in Hiroshima Prefecture. She moved to Tokyo after her high school graduation. At the age of 30, she decided to become a manga artist. With her first manga Kaoru no Hiwa (The Secret Stories of Kaoru) she won the 27th Chiba Tetsuya Manga Award, and made her debut with Morning in 1995. Following this, she released manga in a broad range of styles and media, including Himitsu no Hanazono Kessha Risupekutaa (The Secret Hanazono Association Respecter), Mahotsukai Mimicchi (Wizard Mimicchi) and Aiwa Nami no Inu (Nami Aiwa's Dog). Her manga Akai Bunka Jutaku no Hatsuko (Hatsuko From the Red Culture House) was adapted for the screen by TANADA Yuki as a live-action film in 2007. Mamagoto was chosen as a Jury Selection in the 15th and 16th Japan Media Arts Festivals, and won an Excellence Award in the 42nd Japan Cartoonists Association Awards.

MINAMOTO Taro
Manga Artist and Manga Researcher
Born in 1947 in Kyoto Prefecture, MINAMOTO made his debut as a manga artist in 1967. He is known for his distinctive mixture of jokes and serious scenes. In 2004 he received the 8th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Special Award in recognition of his pioneering of new areas in manga and his contributions to manga culture. He was awarded an Excellence Prize at the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2010. His works include the Fuunji-tachi (The Adventurers) series, Homohomo7, Chosensha-tachi (The Challengers), and a World Classics series including Don Quixote and Les Miserables.

Selection Members

Art Division
FUJIKAWA Haruka [Curator, Chigasaki City Museum of Art]
FUKUHARA Shiho [Artist and Researcher and Textile and Creative Lead for Google ATAP Project Jacquard]
HATTORI Hiroyuki [Curator]
MIZUNO Masanori [Lecturer, Department of Creative Media Studies, Konan Women's University]
NISHIKAWA Mihoko [Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo]
TADOKORO Atsushi [Creative Coder]
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