Move Arts Japan Artist-in-Residence Program 2017

While serving as Japan’ s primary platform for artist-in-residency data, MAJ has also put into action its own concept of a “travel-based AIR program”. This winter the program makes use of its extensive residence network, collaborating with two overseas artist-in-residencies, and a total of ten in Japan. The program is viewed as a trans-perfrormative journey with a starting point in Tokyo, from which artists themselves select several locations of travel for developing their research. The results travel back to Tokyo to be presented as an exhibition and talk at 3331 Arts Chiyoda.

Open Call Winner

This year, 3 artists from abroad will be invited to experience a seven week residency in some localities in Japan, each ending in a three-week residency, presentation and exhibition at 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo. Participating curators from residencies in Korea and Taiwan will nominate an artist from their respective countries. The third artist will be selected via a worldwide open call.


Anahita Razmi (Germany)

Berlin-based artist with Iranian background.

― Comment from Artist ―

During my stay I will be aiming to research aspects of migration culture in Japan, taking the specific example of Iranian immigrants in Japan as a reference.(

― Comment from Selectors ―

“I am expectant that Anahita Razmi’s research plans carried out through artist-in-residency programs will serve as a valuable chance to shed light on the Iranian culture still buried within Japan.”

Masato Nakamura (Supervising Director of 3331 Arts Chiyoda / Director of Move Arts Japan)

“Anahita holds a sharp perspective on the perception of Iranian culture in Japan. By surveying Iranian culture in multiple locations of Japan, there rises the possibility of revealing each locality’s respective image of Iran.”

Meruro Washida (Curator, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa)

― Artist Travel Schedule ―

AIR 3331 (Tokyo) nedoko (Hokkaido) ZERODATE (Akita) Kapo (Ishikawa) AIRY (Yamanashi) AIR 3331(Tokyo)


Shu-Lun Wu (Taiwan)

Shu-Lun Wu is a ceramic and craft artist, as well as the curator of Taiwan East Coast Land Arts Festival, and director of Taitung Dawn Artist Village.

― Comment from Artist ―

Taiwan was a Japanese colonial area in the past. I hope through this program I can present the relationship between our two nations and find proof that today we exist in both the past as well as the present.

Nomination: Dawn Artist Village (Taitung, Taiwan)

― Artist Travel Schedule ―

AIR 3331(Tokyo) Studio Kura (Fukuoka) Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio (Hokkaido) Art Space Yosuga (Kyoto) AIR 3331(Tokyo)

South Korea

Jongkwan Paik (South Korea)

Jongkwan collects images and sounds in daily life, working through the process of contemplation of their social context and he continues to produce experimental films based on his own observations and research of our surrounding culture. (

― Comment from Artist ―

The result is a cross between a strange sci-fi film and road film.

Nomination: Barim (Gwangju, South Korea)

― Artist Travel Schedule ―

AIR 3331(Tokyo) Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio (Hokkaido) Kapo (Ishikawa) KONYA2023 (Fukuoka) AIR 3331(Tokyo)

Selector Profile

Masato Nakamura

Born in 1963 in Akita. Artist. Supervising Director of 3331 Arts Chiyoda (founded 2010) and Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts. Promotes a variety of art projects based on the theme of “art and society” and “art and education”. Awarded 2010 Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize.

Meruro Washida

Curator, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Born in Kyoto in 1973, graduated with MA in Art History from Tokyo University. Taking up themes of, “community” and “participation,” curates exhibitions of contemporary Japanese art and architecture, as well as other projects. Founded a Creator-in-Residence program at NPO Kapo in 2009.