Japan Media Arts Festival  
21st

Entertainment Division

New Face Award

The Blind Fish

Video / sound work

ISHIKAWA Yasuaki / MIKADUKI Hutatsu / KONDOU Keishi [Japan]

Outline

A fish of wooden carved marionette that was created by the wooden doll puppeteer, MIKADUKI moves about in this video as if swimming amid greenery, with a song composed by musician, ISHIKAWA Yasuaki and vocals by HIRAI Ayako from Itomato Ayako in the background. The video by KONDOU Keishi uses an unfocused backdrop, lighting from above, and pale coloring to present a landscape not unlike a neighborhood park that appears as if under water. The segmented parts of the fish, such as the pectoral fins and tail fins, are skillfully moved to articulate a sensation of floating. In addition, the camera captures the presence of features such as the texture of the wooden scales unique to real wood that entices the viewer to instinctively reach out and touch it. Everything from musical composition, video, sculpture and the puppeteering are integrated into a single work, and the summation is an artwork that lends a poetic feeling to the visible. 

Reason

Carved wooden marionettes have long existed, but here it appears to be something brand new. The novelty of expression, independent from form, evokes for the viewer a basic artistic element. There is a sense completely unlike the pursuit of realism in CG, which continues to evolve along with increasing information processing ability, sparking debate over the relationship between media art and entertainment. As a video piece that includes music and song, views differ on production according to impressions within the scope of existing forms of expression, but consensus is unanimous regarding the challenge of attempting to communicate the captivation of primitive creations amid the current media environment. (SATO Naoki) 


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