With the aim of introducing Japan’s artist-in-residence programs, the non-profit artistic organization Command N launched the portal site “Move Arts Japan” in 2012, the only non-governmental online source for Japanese residency information. As its concept, Move Arts Japan proposes a “migration model” of AIR program, wherein one artist can experience several sequential residencies throughout Japan.
- Develop and form new perspectives and output methods of work through continuous traveling between several residencies within Japan. Therefore, it is desirable for applicants to set up detailed objectives in the applications.
- Compile comprehensive perspectives by documenting practices and writing journals every day during the residency period in Japan.
- Describe findings and future plans to others to receive feedback at the final exhibition and presentation at the end of this program.
The purpose of this program is to offer opportunities to develop and reconsider ways of expressing work, information as well as methods of communication. With that in mind, artists are asked to foster novel methods for expressing information, physical sensations and critical thinking during this Japanese residency program. The artists’ practices will thereby be transformed, potentially leading to productive and positive action, even after returning to their home countries.
Facilitating exchanges between the curators and artists of AIR organizations in Japan and abroad, the project attempts to strengthen the capabilities of a hub through which local-level residence programs are more easily accessible to artists from outside Japan. Culminating the program, an exhibition/final show and symposium will be held at 3331 Arts Chiyoda (Tokyo), connecting each participating locality and promoting the potential of the migration-model AIR program.
With this project as a stepping stone, the continued implementation of ongoing cooperative exchange programs with overseas AIR organizations may be achieved, thus creating a foothold for overseas production opportunities for Japanese artists and promoting international exchange through artist-in-residence programs.
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.
Participants are able to visit several Japanese artist-in-residence programs associated with Move Arts Japan. Please note that in order to determine final itineraries, participants and Move Arts Japan coordinators will discuss requested destinations and the accessibility of residences over Skype meetings and emails during September and October 2017.
For more details about Move Arts Japan partner artist-in-residences, please visit the special site (coming up soon).
Participants will begin a new work or research while in Japan and present the finished work or one part of a work-in-progress at the Artist Talk event (tentative date December 17, 2017) and final presentation: exhibition format (tentative date December 12〜17, 2017).
Participants travel between several Japanese artist-in-residence programs associated with Move Arts Japan.
All the participants get together at the artist-in-residence program AIR 3331 (3331 Arts Chiyoda, in Tokyo), to prepare for a final exhibition and presentation reflecting on their travel experiences.
12th Final presentation/exhibition
17th Artist’s Talk
22nd Departure Day
All of the following documents and information must be submitted by the deadline. Please note that applications passing the deadline or missing documents are not to be accepted.
The final selected artists will be announced on the Move Arts Japan web site page on Early September 2017. Only those accepted to the program will be contacted.
General Non-Profit Incorporated Artistic Organization Command N
Address: 6-11-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN, 101-0021, Move Arts Japan Team Office
Tel: +81(0)3-6803-2441 (Japanese)
Move Arts Japan
2017 project contact: info(at)movearts.jp
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2017