press release

Organised by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs and produced by Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV), the Japan Media Arts Festival Dortmund 2011 presents prominent representatives of Japanese art, entertainment, manga, animation and music.

After Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Vienna and Istanbul, Dortmund (Germany) is the location of the sixth Japan Media Arts Festival (JMAF) overseas exhibition in 2011. Interactive installations, games, photography, manga, animated films and music can be experienced in a varied exhibition for which the award winners of the last festivals in Tokyo were selected.

Many elements of the comprehensive festival program are presented for the first time in Germany. Well known artists such as the Oscar winning director Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle)will meet the art of newly discovered talents like Shinya Uchida, an iPad-magician. The custom-built large-scale installation days and nights by Norimichi Hirakawa and Houxo Que is blending colour-intensive paintings with video projections. Naohiro Ukawa presents his project The Final Media Dommune in a specially arranged clubroom. The installation is connected to the actual Dommune club in Shibuya, Tokyo, via live Internet streaming. Miniature models of animation characters, animals and monsters from the last 50 years pay tribute to the legendary figurine-maker Kaiyodo. Festival visitors can interact with Jun Fujiki's highly innovative computer game, echochrome. The pocket-sized 3-D cinema i3DG by Jitsuro Mase and Tsutomo Nagae invites you to give it a try. The manga café offers a selection of current Japanese comics and anime series to rest while many more works of Japanese art and entertainment wait to be discovered.

Furthermore, a special film program features current and classic anime films on the big screen. Masaaki Yuasa’s films will be a special highlight. Three of his most important films will be screened: Kaiba, Mind Game and the new series The Tatami Galaxy. On 11 September at 18:00 the director himself will explain his work during a film talk. Moreover, the exhibition Proto Anime Cut on the 3rd floor of the Dortmunder U is dedicated to the theme of anime and makes up, together with the Japan Media Arts Festival Dortmund 2011, this year's Japan focus of Hartware MedienKunstVerein.

Participating artists:

ART HIRAKAWA Norimichi/ QUE Houxo, KUROKAWA Ryoichi, KUWAKUBO Ryota, MIYAMOTO Naotaka, ONISHI Yasuaki, SHINTSUBO Kenshu/ IKEGAMI Takashi, UKAWA Naohiro

ENTERTAINMENT FUJIKI Jun, SUZUTA Ken/ FUJIKI Jun/ SUZUKI Tatsuya, HAYASHI Tomohiko/ SENBO Kensuke/ KOYAMA Tomohiko, MASE Jitsuro/ NAGAE Tom (DIRECTIONS.Inc), MIYAWAKI Osamu, MIZUGUCHI Tetsuya, NAKAMURA Haruki, UCHIDA Shinya

ANIMATION ANNO Hideaki, HARA Keiichi, HOSODA Mamoru, ISO Mitsuo, KOIKE Takeshi, MIYAZAKI Hayao, OSHII Mamoru, SHINKAI Makoto, TANIGAWA Nagaru/ ISHIHARA Tatsuya, YUASA Masaaki

MANGA AZUMA Kiyohiko, INOUE Takehiko, IWAAKI Hitoshi, YAMADA Yoshihiro, YAMAMOTO Naoki, YOSHINAGA Fumi, MATSUOKA Waka, Christina Plaka, Dirk Schwieger

SHORT MOVIES ISHIDA Hiroyasu, KAWAMURA Masashi, Hal KIRKLAND, MASHIMA Riichiro, MIZUGUCHI Tetsuya, NAKAMURA Magico, NAKAMURA Masayoshi, OKAWARA Ryo, SAKAMOTO Yusuke, SEKI Kazuaki, TAKAHASHI Nobuo, TAKEUCHI Taijin, TAMAI Kenji, OKAMOTO Noriaki, YKBX

Organized by: Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV), Dortmund

Honorary Patronage: Japanese Consulate General, Düsseldorf

In Cooperation with: Japanisches Kulturinstitut Goethe-Institut Japan 150 Jahre Freundschaft Deutschland-Japan NHK International

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Japan Media Arts Festival
Kurator: Stefan Riekeles

Künstler: Hirakawa Norimichi / Que Houxo, Kurokawa Ryoichi, Kuwakubo Ryota, Miyamoto Naotaka, Onishi Yasuaki, Shintsubo Kenshu / Ikegamie Takashi, Ukawa Naohiro, Fujiki Jun, Suzuta Ken / Fujiki Jun / Suzuki Tatsuya, Hayashi Tomohiko / Senbo Kensuke / Koyama Tomohiko, Mase Jitsuro / Nagae Tom, Miyawaki Osamu, Mizuguchi Tetsuya, Nakamura Haruki, Uchida Shinya, Anno Hideaki, Hara Keiichi, Hosoda Mamoru, Iso Mitsuo, Koike Takeshi, Miyazaki Hayao, Oshii Mamoru, Shinkai Makoto, Tanigawa Nagaru / Ishihara Tatsuya, Yuasa Masaaki, Azuma Kiyohiko, Inque Takehiko, Iwaaki Hitoshi, Yamada Yoshihiro, Yamamoto Naoki, Yoshinaga Fumi, Matsuoka Waka, Christina Plaka, Dirk Schwieger, Ishida Hiroyasu, Kawamura Masashi, Hal Kirkland, Mashima Riichiro, Mizuguchi Tetsuya, Nakamura Magico, Nakamura Masayoshi, Okawara Ryo, Sakamoto Yusuke, Seki Kazuaki, Takahashi Nobuo, Takeuchi Taijin, Tamai Kenji, Okamoto Noriaki, Ykbx