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Japanese tend to hesitate to get involved in overseas media arts and designs scenes. They think these scenes can only occur through submitting works or for business. Japan has and remains a distant country for artists in Europe. However, the passion of collaboration is quickily getting larger through exchanging their works. Now, everybody is awaiting someone to break that dam of desire.

artdemo” is a platform that makes a route to lead business and the public to Media Arts. The event experimented breaking the dam at Media Arts Festival Agency For Cultural Affairs in Tokyo this March.


The word “Media Arts” is used only in Japan. Films, TV programmes and comics are included in this word’s definition. This is a word to express all arts in all media. This policy has been pbvious to theAgency For Cultural Affairs after the world war.

In order to escalate media art as one of high-tech Japan’s cultures, the Agency For Cultural Affairs holds a festival, called the “Media Arts Festival”. It was the year before last when the Act of the Development of Culture and Art was began with the aim of making Japan a cultural country. Since then, the scale of this art festival has gotten dramatically bigger. In addition, the festival accepted many submissions to the digital art section (installations, CGs, webs, games) from overseas in the 6th Japan Media Art Festival. It changed the festival to a massive international festival.

If you pass a map to someone in these towns, you will see a finished product tomorrow. This is an anecdote of the towns Shinagawa and Ota in Tokyo. Many high-tech factories are located there. Believe it or not, the Interactive Art section’s winner Crispin Jones was walking with his colleague from London in these towns. Their aim was to see a person who they most wanted to meet in Japan.

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