Dortmund to host Japan Media Arts Festival
Friday 09 September 2011
The German city of Dortmund is to host the Japan Media Arts Festival 2011, marking the 15th year since the event was first staged.
The festival is being organized by Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs with the aim of promoting the creation and development of media arts - particularly in the realms of comics, animation, games and media art - around the world. Previous festivals have been staged in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Vienna and, most recently, Istanbul.
Dortmund has been chosen to host this year's event as part of the celebrations marking 150 years of cultural exchanges between Japan and Germany.
The festival opens to the public at the Dortmund U, a leading cultural institution in the city, on September 10. The two days prior to the official opening will be taken up with press conferences, interviews, receptions and special live invents for invited guests. The festival is scheduled to run until October 2.
The main exhibition features four divisions of artwork: art, entertainment, animation and manga. Many of the works that will be on display were previously exhibited at the most recent Japan Media Arts Festival in Tokyo and have been selected because they are recognized as being the best in their fields.
The works, and their use of multiple media, help to "broaden our ideas about what art can be," the organizers said in a statement. "There are games and films using technology to take entertainment to new heights.
"There is animation and manga capturing the zeitgeist of present-day Japan, and the trends that are just bubbling to the surface," it added. "It is our very great pleasure to exhibit these works to the rest of the world."
The artworks on display include pieces by Ryoichi Kurokawa and Yasuaki Onishi, while the manga section will feature Naoki Yamamoto, who was behind "Red," and Takehiko Inoue, who created "Vagabond."
To give visitors an even deeper view of Japan's media arts, the exhibition will also include presentations that are open to the public, film screenings, live events and symposiums.
The Japan Media Arts Festival Dortmund 2011
September 10 - October 2
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