Landscapes: New vision through multiple windows
The Japan Media Arts Festival Special Exhibition in Singapore

3 - 18 Feburary 2017

Japan Creative Centre (JCC)

© The Japan Media Arts Festival Special Exhibition in Singapore

The Japan Creative Centre (JCC), Embassy of Japan, in collaboration with the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, is proud to present The Japan Media Arts Festival in Singapore. There will be a showcase of 12 outstanding art works from leading Japanese artists and world-class media artists including Singapore. These works are from fields such as media art, videos, animations and comics. Moreover, there will be two artist talk sessions, as well as free screenings of Japanese feature animation films at JCC and Shaw Theatres Lido.

About the Exhibition

In recent years, we have become connected to the world through our computer and smartphone displays, discovering reality through these screens. It is as if the display screens are “windows” to new landscapes. However, the conventional media of television and printed materials such as photographs, paintings and actual windows in walls also connect viewers to a “landscape beyond”. In particular, the miniaturisation/portablisation of devices and the possibility of continuous Internet connection, have dramatically increased the time we spend gazing into these “windows”. As such, the images of the “world outside” that we picture in our minds are being reset. The Internet has made the world feel very close (such as Singapore’s view of Japan). Are the landscapes we see through these digital windows linked to the real world?

This exhibition re-examines landscapes we can see from the modern era, that have crept out of the conventional windows on our walls and into our pockets. This is an experiment to discover the whereabouts of the world we sense to be real, by reconsidering these landscapes. This exhibition reveals the diverse possibilities of media arts.


There will also be a screening of Den-noh Coil (2007, 90 minutes, PG) by Mitsuo Iso
Date/Time: Saturdays, 11 and 18 February 2017, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Venue: Japan Creative Centre (JCC) exhibition space

Synopsis: The scene is Daikoku-shi in the near future, 202X. A denno megane (computers shaped as glasses), through which the wearer can enjoy a cyber world has a great run among children. In these circumstances, Yuko Okonogi, who has moved into Daikoku-shi, experiences a series of strange incidents.


About the Exhibition's Directors

Mr Kensuke Sembo and Ms Yae Akaiwa formed the artist unit “exonemo” in 1996. They have engaged in many experimental projects, which are typically humorous and innovative explorations of the paradoxes of digital and analog computer networked and actual environments in our lives. Their work, The Road Movie, won the Golden Nica for Net Vision category at Prix Ars Electronica 2006. They have been organising the IDPW gatherings and Internet Yami-Ichi since 2012. They live and work in New York, and have been members of the first museum-led incubator NEW INC since 2015.

© exonemo

About the Japan Media Arts Festival

The Japan Media Arts Festival honours outstanding works from a diverse range of media. The festival gives awards in each of its four divisions: Art, Entertainment, Animation, and Manga. It also provides a platform for appreciation of award-winning and other notable works. Since its inception in 1997, the festival has recognised significant works of high artistry and creativity. Works are exhibited both within Japan and abroad through various projects and events organised by The Agency of Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.

Last year, the 19th Festival received 4,417 entries from 86 countries and regions around the world, demonstrating its continuing evolution as an established annual international festival.

Exhibition Period

Exhibition Period:

3 - 18 February 2017

Opening Hours:

Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10:00am to 6:00pm
Closed on Sundays & Mondays


Japan Creative Centre (JCC), Embassy of Japan in Singapore
4 Nassim Road Singapore 258372



Register for the Artist Talks

Session 1: Landscapes of Japan and Singapore
Session 2: Landscape from unstable window

Shoko Ebihara x Sarah Choo Jing

Tadasu Takamine x exonemo

© Shoko Ebihara / Sarah Choo Jing

© Tadasu Takamine / exonemo

A talk by two artists of the same sex and generation, one from Japan and the other from Singapore, who each view their own country and city from new perspectives.

A picture frame made from an unfixed material, modeling clay; an unstable, flickering video frame. What do they see through this shared theme of the unstable window? A talk by artists who take a critical approach to the media and its frames.


Saturday, 4 February 2017


1) Landscapes of Japan and Singapore
1:00pm - 2:30pm(Registration starts 12:30pm)

2) Landscape from unstable window
3:00pm - 4:30pm(Registration starts 2:30pm)


Japan Creative Centre (JCC), Embassy of Japan in Singapore
4 Nassim Road Singapore 258372



To register for the workshop, please email the following details to with the subject Artist Talk, Landscapes: New vision through multiple windows:

1. Full Name
2. Number of persons (including yourself)
3. Organisation
4. Mobile Number
5. Preferred session: Session 1 / Session 2

Please register early to avoid disappointment. We regret that as there is limited seating, seats will be confirmed only upon receipt of confirmation email from JCC. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE OF CHARGE.

Screening: Japanese Scenery in Animation


Sundays, 5 and 12 February 2017


Shaw Theatres Lido 5
350 Orchard Road, 5th Floor, Shaw House, Singapore 238868


FREE (on a first-come-first-served basis)

This is an animation journey through the beautiful, timeless Japanese landscape, featuring a rich programme of renowned, full-length animation, all made for cinema release by popular Japanese directors.

Please register by 2 February 2017 at the respective registration website for each film, as listed below. We regret that there is limited seating. If you successfully registered, please print out your registration form, and show it at Shaw Lido reception table Level 5 one hour before the screening to collect your ticket.

Your Name (2016, 106 minutes, PG) by Makoto Shinkai
Artist selected at 6th, 9th, 17th Animation Division Jury selection
Sunday 5 February 2017, 12:30pm - 2:20pm

The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch bodies. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint. When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, something shifts, and they seek each other out wanting something more - a chance to finally meet.

© 2016 TOHO / CoMix Wave Films / KADOKAWA / JR Kikaku / AMUSE / voque ting / Lawson HMV Entertainment


Miss Hokusai (2014-2015, 89 minutes, NC-16) by Keiichi Hara
19th Animation Division Jury selection
Sunday 5 February 2017, 2:50pm - 4:20pm

This is an adaption of the manga Sarusuberi by Hinako Sugiura, a researcher of Edo Era customs. It is set in a town in Edo that is always emotionally turbulent, including fires and troubles with fairies. The story centres on O-Ei (later known as Oi Katsushika), the daughter of leading ukiyoe woodblock print artist Hokusai Katsushika, and depicts the lives of people in Edo that has relevance for us today.

© 2014-2015 Hinako Sugiura. MS. HS / Sarusuberi Film Partners


Giovanni’s Island (2014, 101 minutes, PG) by Mizuho Nishikubo
Excellence Award at 18th Animation Division
Sunday 5 February 2017, 4:50pm – 6:31pm

Set in 1945, innocent 10-year-old Junpei and 7-year-old Kanata live on Shikotan, a tiny island off the cost of Hokkaido, which has remained virtually untouched by the rage of war. But with Japan’s defeat on August 15th, great change comes to their lives. While everybody on the island is expecting American troops to arrive, it is the Red Army that lands on Shikotan instead. Before they know it, the national borders have changed, and a new life with the Soviet citizens begins for the Japanese community. This follows the absurdity and tragedy of war through Junpei’s eyes, depicting a blossoming friendship among children beyond language and cultural barriers. Based on true events, this film was made by an international team of people from Japan, Russia, Argentina, South Korean, Estonia, United States and Italy.

© 2014 JAME


In This Corner of the World (2016, 129 minutes, PG-13) by Sunao Katabuchi
Excellence award winner at 14th Animation Division, artist selected at 5th Jury selection
Sunday 12 February 2017, 3:00pm - 5:10pm

An adolescent Suzu moves to the small town of Kure in Hiroshima to live with her husband’s family in 1944. Suzu’s life is thrown into chaos when her town is bombed during World War II. Her perseverance and courage underpin this heart-warming and inspirational tale of the everyday challenges faced by the Japanese in a violent, war-torn country.

© Fumiyo Kono / Futabasha / Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni Project


The Garden of Words (2013, 46 minutes, PG) by Makoto Shinkai
17th Animation Division Jury selection
Sunday 12 February 2017, 5:40pm - 6:30pm

One rainy day, Takao, a high school student aiming to become a shoemaker, encounters Yukino, an enigmatic older girl, drinking a can of beer alone in a Japanese garden. Without commitment, they continue to meet only on rainy days, gradually forming a bond... With modern day Tokyo as its stage, this is a subtle drama telling a tale with an expressive style only achievable through animation.

© Makoto Shinkai / CoMix Wave Films


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