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Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Artist in Residence Program 2023 : starquakes




Presentation(exhibition, performance, and open studio)Available

Grants and subsidies for travel expensesAvailable

Grants and other financial supports/ Support by coordinators and art professionalsAvailable

Art genresVisual arts/ Fine arts , Performing arts , Craft / Applied arts , Film / Video , Others



Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori Public University

Application period Mar. 8, 2023 (Wed.) - Apr. 23, 2023 (Sun.)
Description This open call program offers contemporary artists, curators, researchers and others who are involved in cultural and artistic endeavors the opportunity to practice exhibitions, performances, workshops, talks and other activities, with ACAC’s full support providing assistance every step of the way from the planning stage and research to installation and presentation and archiving in catalogs.
Although holding an exhibition is not compulsory, participants are required to introduce their achievements through some form of Exchange Program in order to get their activities widely recognized. The length of stay is optional, with participants asked to select the desired period of time in 2-week increments, from a minimum of one 2-week term (14 days) to a maximum of seven 2-week terms (98 days). This year, for the first time in three years, we are able to offer the program without setting restrictions on the length of stay for all artists. Basically, an actual residency at ACAC is highly recommended, but remote participation will be allowed for activities that are able to be done remotely.
During the last few years, the world has been in turmoil due to the threat of infectious diseases and looming wars. While under pressure to respond to nearby crises, we have also been required to think about distant places. ACAC has also been exploring ways to stay connected to the world through this residency program, while continuing to take measures against such situations on a case-by-case basis.
For 2023, the program is titled “starquakes”, which refers to faint stellar oscillations. No one is able to actually observe the phenomenon, however, energy has certainly been emitted somewhere in the universe, as proof of a star’s life. In the same way, the tremors of individuals who have been devoting themselves to creative activities and research, may be generating the power to simultaneously engulf others or resonate with them.
The title of the program is a guidepost to reflect and update the “present situation” of the Artist-in-Residence program at ACAC, and does not necessarily define the activities of participants. Although this 98-day residency is not a long-term program, we hope to make contact through ACAC with the ‘heartbeats’ of stars scattered around the world, and to encompass and resonate with various expressionists, local residents and students, during the residency period.

〇Guest Judge
Artist, Anthropologist. Born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. After graduating from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Aichi University of the Arts, Hirota was based in Indonesia (Bali and Yogyakarta) for 17 years from 1994. While there, she managed an alternative space and organized numerous exhibitions while being an artist. After returning to Japan, Hirota received her doctorate in Anthropology, in the study of Indonesian contemporary art, at Nagoya University’s Graduate School of Humanities(Anthropology Major). She is currently an associate professor at the Professional Institute of International Fashion (PIIF). Her major exhibitions include “Exchange Project ’07: Memories of Asia” (Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, 2009).
Her major publications include “A Network of Collaboration and Symbiosis: Ethnography of Indonesian Contemporary Art” (grambooks, 2022), and “Balito Yugakuki (Study Travel report in Bali)” (Sekaibunka Publishing, 1997).

〇Number of Participants
1) Non-Japanese nationals living outside of Japan who will stay and work at ACAC (selecting from one to seven 2-week terms): 2 people
* However, if you select two 2-week terms, you may be asked to adjust the length of your stay to more than 1 month (29 nights and 30 days).
2) Residents of Japan who will stay and work at ACAC (selecting from one to seven 2-week terms): 2-3 people

〇Details on Official web site

〇Reference: Same program last year (FY2022)

Photo/ KONO Yurika
Residency location Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori Public University
Residency period Preferred Schedule of stay at the ACAC must be chosen from the following terms between September 14 (Thu) and December 20 (Wed), 2023. You must select at one and up to seven terms.

1. September 14 (Thu)―September 27 (Wed)
2. September 28 (Thu)―October 11 (Wed)
3. October 12 (Thu)―October 25 (Wed)
4. October 26 (Thu)―November 8 (Wed)
5. November 9 (Thu)―November 22 (Wed)
6. November 23 (Thu)―December 6 (Wed)
7. December 7 (Thu)―December 20 (Wed)
Qualification a) Individuals or groups engaged in artistic pursuits, including curators, researchers, artists, or otherwise. (Hereafter referred to as “the artist” regardless of background or genre.)
b) The artist should understand the purpose of his or her visit to the ACAC and be able to stay or participate during the period for which they are invited.
*Remote participation will be allowed if the organizer deems it necessary.
c) Artists who choose not to exhibit will instead participate in exchange programs, including artist talks, lectures, performances, workshops, and school visits.
d) The artist should be able to explain their artwork and give lectures or workshops in English or Japanese as part of the exchange program.
e) The artist should be in good health.
f) The artist should be able to speak and understand basic English daily conversation.
g) The artist should be independent and capable of working and living on their own.
h) The artist will work with the ACAC in the setup and breakdown of exhibits and events.
i) The artist should be able to lead a community life with other artists on the program.
Pay by artists / Support for artists ・Travel expenses: A one-time round trip economy class air ticket from the international airport which is nearest to the Artist’s home to Aomori airport (or flight fare + railway fare to Aomori).
A railway fare to Aomori (one time round trip) from the train station nearest to the Artist's residence. the amount payable is up to 150,000JPY, for domestic travel it is up to 70,000JPY.
・Artist in Residence Production Expenses: 40,000 JPY per term
・If an ARTIST holding an exhibition also organizes a separate exchange program, ACAC will provide 50,000 yen for exhibition-related event expenses.
・Living Expenses: ACAC will provide living costs according to the Aomori public university’s regulations for the artist. (upper limit is 70 days’ worth) The full amount of living expenses is 303,160JPY. For one term: 59,400JPY
・ ACAC will provide the artist with residential facilities and studio in ACAC during the program period.
・The artist is covered by injury insurance and sickness insurance for the duration of the residency. Any past illness, chronic diseases and dental treatment are not covered.
・ACAC will produce a Program Catalogue and present 20 copies of the catalogue to the artist
Selection process Based on submitted materials, artists will be selected by the ACAC curatorial team and guest judge Ms. Hirota Midori.
The applicants will be informed of the final decision by email from mid to late June.
Contact *Please note that we are unable to respond by telephone.

atten: AIR 2023
Aomori Contemporary Art Centre
152-6 Yamazaki, Goshizawa, Aomori, 030-0134 JAPAN