No.8 Kiri Prize

Jikken AR-ochi-hanabi-taikai

The Shinano Mainichi Shimbun(Japan)

About

In response to the fact that many fireworks festivals have been canceled in Nagano Prefecture due to the spread of COVID 19, this event was held with the intention of keeping up with the summer tradition.
Unfortunately, instead of replacing the canceled fireworks display, we chose the method called “AR fireworks” to propose a new way to enjoy fireworks in the “new normal” era when a “new lifestyle” is required.
Read the QR code on the paper, access the special site, hold the activated camera over the wrapping surface, and CG fireworks will be launched in AR.
The song of the unit “Ironomi” by a pianist from Nagano prefecture is used for the BGM of the fireworks.
The background of the surface is the dusk of Lake Suwa, which is the launch site of the “Suwako Festival Lake Fireworks Festival”, which has a history of more than 70 years and has more than 40,000 fireworks and is one of the largest fireworks festivals in Japan.
The “what you see by moving away” in the copy is the distance that has been separated due to restrictions on movement due to the spread of the COVID 19 and securing of social distance. By seeing the fireworks from a distance, you can see the whole picture and re-recognize the beauty, and also cherish what you see when you are separated.

Comment by Juror

In 2020, the firework festival at Lake Suwa that the local people were looking forward to was canceled.
When you look at the photo of Lake Suwa on the newspaper spread on the wall with your smartphone, fireworks will shoot off one after another. The trick is simple, but it’s fun! It also brings back memories of the past. What is important is not reality, but a sense of unity. A common memory of “We participated in the fireworks festival again this year, with AR.” By combining the traditional media of newspapers with the simple operation of AR, this is a wonderful proposal to create some kind of connection with family and local people even at home. I felt the possibility of communication born from the combination of community, media, and technology.(kiri)