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Keynote Speech

Shinichi NakazawaMr. Shinichi Nakazawa is invited to make the keynote speech. He is a renowned theorist and anthropologist who has developed innovative ways of thinking across various academic disciplines, from religious studies, philosophy, and art to science. Since October 2011, he has served as director of the Institut pour la Science Sauvage.
After the 3.11, he leads the world of thought in Japanese.
The keynote speech will appropriate to the Res Artis General Meeting 2012 TOKYO focusing on Asia.

Artist Residency as Laboratory

How can such artists residencies, which are borne of globalization, resist globalization? Max Weber said, “the fate of our times is characterized by rationalization and intellectualization and above all by the disenchantment of the world.” Embedded in this statement is the question of whose modernity? Can enchantment challenge the abandonment of globalization to neoliberalism and instead carefully articulate locality, community and tradition? As capital becomes more and more cosmopolitan, how do we prevent this space of enchantment from becoming a ‘soft’ global democracy that can be oppressive to other worlds? How can artists residencies harness their privileged neo-liberal states of exception towards world-citizenry, negotiating sovereignty through potentiality? I argue that by distancing itself from fulfillment, an artist residency can redefine the paradigm of production and rediscover value through other routes of sharing and ethical acts of generosity.

  1. Ong Keng Sen (Artistic Director of TheatreWorks(Singapore), Founder of Arts Network Asia, Singapore)

Round Table

  1. Pan-continental collaboration

    This session will look at the future of the Res Artis Support program as well as other initiatives that will support the next generation of leaders in the field of art residencies. *ResSupport is a training and support program for emerging artist-in residence centers and provides answers to practical and conceptual questions that occur when starting up a residency, from writing a mission statement, to reaching your audience, to finding the means to sustainability.

    Hedwig Fijen (Director, Manifesta Foundation, The Netherlands)
    Kadija de Paula (Residencias en Red, Brazil)
    Natalie King (Director, Utopia @ Asialink, University of Melbourn, Australia)
    Sunjung Kim (Professor at the Korea National University of Arts/ Artistic Director, Samuso/ Co-Artistic Director, Gwangju Biennale 2012, South Korea)
    Tan Boon Hui (Director, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore)
    Yusaku Imamura (Director, Tokyo Wonder Site/ Counselor on Special Issues to the Governor, Tokyo Metropolitan Government): moderator


  1. Platform in Asia

    The "artist-in-residence" (AIR) system was first adopted in Japan in the 1990s as part of the so-called "city-planning" projects in which the national and regional governments attempted to develop local areas through culture. Though initiated by the government, the system was designed as a cooperative undertaking that would allow citizens to participate in the management of such projects. And by forming strong cultural alliances, based on specific historical, folkloric, and industrial characteristics, and regional resources in the area, unique AIR programs were developed throughout the country.In current days, the organization stands for artist initiative creating additional bases, such as galleries and studios, a variety of art projects were launched which have become increasingly vibrant and diverse by Non-Profit Activities. We would like to discuss the significance and potential of such AIR programs from what stands point of alternative and new public.

    Dinh Q. Le (Co-Director of San Art, Vietnam)
    Hu Fang (Director, Vitamin Creative Space, China)
    Pooja Sood (Director, KHOJ, India)
    Kayoko Iemura (Program Director, Tokyo Wonder Site) :moderator
  2. Platform in Asia (Next Generation)
    Agung Hujatnikam (Curator, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Indonesia)
    Ariunaa Tserenpil (Executive Director, The Arts Council of Mongolia, Mongolia)
    Ashmina Ranjit (Directoer/Coordinator, LASANAA, An Alternative Art Space, Nepal)
    Aye Ko (Executive Director/Founder, New Zero Art Space, Myanmar)
    Erin Gleeson (Curator/Artistic Director, SA SA BASSAC, Cambodia)
    Kayoko Iemura (Program Director, Tokyo Wonder Site): moderator


  1. S.1 Artist Residency in Japan Today
    Kayoko Iemura (Program Director, Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan)
    Kohei Nawa (Artist, Assistant professor of Kyoto University of the arts, Director of Sandwich, Japan)
    Masato Nakamura (General director, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Japan)
    Roger McDonald (Deputy Director, AIT, Japan)
    Yuki Kondo (Curator, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Japan)
    Teiko Hinuma (Associate professor of Joshibi University of Art and Design, Japan):moderator
  2. S.2 Res Artis Support?Supporting the Next Generation
    Jan Williamson ( Director, 18th Street Art Center, USA)
    Daniel Santiago Salguero (Residencia en la Tierra, Colombia)
    Mario Caro (President, Res Artis, USA)
    Mark Vennegoor (Res Artis, The Netherlands)
  3. S.3 Micro-Residency, Artist-run Residency

    Micro-residence: Even though it is small in size, it has infinite potential. You can find the best site for you in one of a millions glittering lights. Most of them are run by artists or individuals who put all of their fortune into a small and unique art space, the only one like it in the world. This session will provide a discussion about the beauty of micro residencies and their relevant issues from various points of view. Panelists are experienced micro residence practitioner from Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Germany, and Turkey/US.

    Anat Litwin (Founder/Artistic Director, HomeBase Project, Germany)
    Francisco Guevara (Artist/Curator, Mexico)
    Hisashi Shibata (Director, npo S-AIR, Japan)
    Jay Koh (international Forum for InterMedia Arts-iFIMA)
    Julie Upmeyer ( Artist, Caravansarai/ Res Artis, Turkey )
    Mami Odai (Director, Move Arts Japan_Command N, Japan)
    Tatsuhiko Murata (Co-Director,Yukobo Art Space/ Vice President, Res Artis, Japan)
    Machiko Harada ( Independent curator of contemporary arts ): moderator
  4. S.4 Evaluation of Artist Residency

    In this session, we examine the evaluation of artist residency from the perspective of following three points; 1. Purpose: Why we need to evaluate the AR? What do we expect after the evaluation?
    2. Methodology: How to implement the evaluation? When and by Whom should the evaluation be conducted? What kind of research is needed?
    3. Outcomes and Impacts: What were the important results found in the evaluation? Are there any effective findings to support and expand AR?
    After the presentation of five speakers including these points, a panel discussion to find the strategic evaluation will follow.

    Jean-Baptiste Joly (Director, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany)
    Joel Santana (Program Associate, Bellagio Programs, The Rockefeller Foundation, USA)
    Karol Fruehauf (Founder of Bridge Guard Art & Science Residence Centre, Switzerland )
    Mario Caro (President, Res Artis, USA)
    Yusaku Imamura (Director, Tokyo Wonder Site/ Counselor on Special Issues to the Governor, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Japan)
    Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto (Director, Art and Cultural Projects Social Development Research Group, NLI Research Institute, Japan): moderator
  5. S.5 Mapping creative platform (Networking)

    This session is related to the overall theme “New Horizons for Creative Platforms”. To discuss the theme, we will invite quest speakers, who play a key role in the creative activities and networking in each region such as in Asia, Europe, USA, and Middle East. This session will focus on their valuable function of AIR in creating new values and new way of thinking as creative hubs, and the importance of mapping and networking of those creative hubs around the world. We also will seek the possibilities of collaboration and dialogues by sharing diverse values to open up a new horizon of residency programs.

    Alessio Antoniolli ( Director, Gasworks and Triangle Network, UK)
    Julie Upmeyer (Co-Director/Initiator, Caravansarai, Res Artis, Turkey)
    Margaret Shiu (Founder/Director, Bamboo Curtain Studio and Bamboo Curtain International, Taiwan)
    Maria Tuerlings (Founder/Director, Trans Artists, The Netherlands)
    Mary Sherman (Founder/Director,Trans Cultural Exchange, USA)
    Nirith Nelson (Art Director, JCVA (Jerusalem Center for Visual Arts) residency, Israel)
    Sachiko Kanno (Program Coordinator, The Japan Foundation,Japan): moderator
  6. S.6 Future Residency (commitment to society)

    'Brazilianification' is defined as the process in which the middle class disappears, and the gulf between the upper and lower classes widens. Is this condition unique to Brazil or is it a site-specific interpretation of globalization.
    Many important ideas and innovations on the economy and alternative currencies come from the art world yet don't have the influence with policymakers to become mainstream. Stated as a question: If artists and arts administrators were empowered to innovate at a scale large enough to interrupt the status quo, what would that look like?
    Panelists will highlight under-reported models of efficiency; identify non-traditional economists; and consider how art spaces - and the social capital they engender - may bridge class differences in their home countries and local communities.

    Ichiro Endo (Artist, Japan)
    Kyohei Sakaguchi (Artist, Japan)
    Kazue Kobata (Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan)
    Marilyn Douala-Bell (Founder, Doual'art, Cameroon)
    Gordon Knoxl (the Director of the Arizona State University Art Museum)
    Todd Lester (Executive director, Global Arts Corps, USA): moderator
  7. S.7 Regional Networking (Middle East/ Africa)

    In each region there is discussion of the importance of coordination and networking with neighboring countries and within continents. This is a major issue not only in Asia but also in Africa and the Middle East. This session will present the situation in Africa and the Middle East and discuss the nature of regional networks.

    N'Gone Fall (Independent Curator, Senegal)
    Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi (President, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE)
    William Wells (Director, Townhouse Gallery, Egypt)
    Vasif Kortun (Director, SALT Research & Programs, Turkey)
    Yusaku Imamura (Director, Tokyo Wonder Site/ Counselor on Special Issues to the Governor, Tokyo Metropolitan Government): moderator
  8. S.8 Regional Networking (Latin America/ Eastern Europe)

    Two Lands With But A Single Thought?
    The past few years have seen the emergence of numerous new residency centres in Eastern Europe and Latin America. What lies behind this phenomenon? What role do residencies play in the countries of these two continents? What do the founders of these centres aim to achieve? Are their goals and assumptions mirrored in both parts of the world? The funding challenges they face? The struggle for stability for their intitiatives? Or do they differ? And if so, then how?

    The Eastern European ? Latin American Panel. Teasing out the threads of mutuality in diversity…

    Ana Tome (Director of the Centro Cultural de Espa?a in Mexico City, Mexico)
    Helmut Batista (Director,CAPACETE, Brazil)
    Kadija de Paula (Residencias en Red, Brazil)
    Karol Fruehauf (Founder of Bridge Guard Art & Science Residence Centre, Switzerland)
    Ludwig Henne (NGO Ko?ice ? European Capital of Culture 2013, Slovakia)
    Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka (the Chief curator a-i-r laboratory, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Poland): moderator
  9. S.9 Ideal residency for artists
    Koki Tanaka (Artist, Japan)
    Tsuyoshi Ozawa (Artist, Japan)
    Wit Pimkanchanapong (Artsit,Thailand)
    Kayoko Iemura (Program Director, Tokyo Wonder Site): moderator
  10. S.10 Museum, Biennial and Residency
    David Elliott (Artistic Director of the Kyiv International Biennial of Contemporary Art (Ukraine) in 2012,Former Director of Mori Art Museum, Germany)
    Akira Tatehata (Rector, Kyoto City University of Arts/Director, Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan)
    Kim Hong-hee (Director, Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea)
    Vasif Kortun (Director, SALT Research & Programs, Turkey)
    Yusaku Imamura (Director, Tokyo Wonder Site/ Counselor on Special Issues to the Governor, Tokyo Metropolitan Government): moderator
  11. S.11 Creator in Residence (performing arts)

    There is an increase in the opportunity of AIR in the field of performing arts both domestically and internationally. In this session, two guests are invited: one is from NSD, a leading institution for the development of performing arts in India and the other is from Schloss Broellin in Germany, an organizer of the residence network “PAiR” in Europe. We have also invited two Japanese artists, as they are known to effectively utilize residences for their creation process. We will be discussing such issues as developing networking, introducing new perspectives and so on from two different viewpoints of organizers and artists.

    Amal Allana (Chairperson, National School of Drama, India)
    Mikuni Yanaihara (Choreographer, Director of Nibroll, Japan)
    Peter Legemann (Board, Schloss Broellin, Germany)
    Tsuyoshi Shirai (Choreographer, Stage Director, Dancer, Japan)
    Atsuko Hisano (program director, Saison Foundation, Japan): moderator
  12. S.12 Creator in Residence (design)

    Today, when taking on design projects, design exhibitions, and design-related projects, it is important to act based on careful research and analysis. What are the critical points to keep in mind? And how can tradition and received cultural backgrounds be expressed in design as an act of cultural creation? By looking at examples from the Victoria and Albert Museum, with its extensive experience hosting design exhibitions, and the Fabrica, function as communications research center, this session will consider the nature of ideal Creators-in-Residence activities in the field of design.

    Giovanni Flore (Design Researcher/ Project Manager, Fabrica, Italy). 
    Abraham Thomas (Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK)
    Kinya Tagawa (Co-Founder, takram design engineering, Japan)
    Noriko Kawakami (Associate Director, 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Japan): moderator

    *Special Screening

    Films for“ TEMA HIMA: the Art of Living in Tohoku”
    Documentary / 2012/ Duration: approximately 36 minutes
    Tom Vincent, Yu Yamanaka

    Screening of films for the exhibition “TEMA HIMA: the Art of Living in Tohoku,” from two exhibitions about Tohoku held at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT after the Great East Japan Earthquake: “THE SPIRIT OF TOHOKU: ‘CLOTHING’ BY ISSEY MIYAKE” (July 26-30, 2011; directed by Issey Miyake) and “TEMA HIMA: the Art of Living in Tohoku” (April 27-August 26, 2012; directed by Taku Satoh and Naoto Fukasawa). These seven short films focus on the food and living spaces of the Tohoku region from a visual perspective.
    (Cooperation: 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT)

  13. S.13 New Creative Education through the Residency
    Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook ( Associate Professor, Chiang Mai University, Thailand)
    Chris Wainwright (Head of Colleges, Camberwell, Chealsea and Wimbledon, University of the Arts London, UK)
    Janwillem Schrofer (Ex-Director, Rijksakademie, The Netherlands)
    Masaki Fujihata (Director, Art Media Center, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan)
    Max Delany (Director, Monash University Museum of Art, Australia)
    Kayoko Iemura (Program Director, Tokyo Wonder Site): moderator
  14. S.14 Cultural Policy on Creative Platform
    Anupama Sekhar (Acting Deputy Director, Cultural Exchange, ASEF, Singapore)
    Sarah Gardner (executive director, IFFACA, Australia)
    Junya Nakano (Director, International Affair Division, Agency of Cultural Affair)
    Yusaku Imamura (Director, Tokyo Wonder Site/Counselor on special issue to the Governor, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan): moderator
  15. S.15 New strategy for Creative Platform

    Our panel looks at how a creative platform is the infrastructure from which artists develop ideas and find the means to produce and implement them.We are working with the assumption that artist’s practices determine what are innovative strategies supporting progressive arts infrastructure. The panel will present examples of artists who seek to be part of cultural, social and financial ecologies characterized by sustainable partnerships and effective engagement. Artist residencies are one part of an overall arts ecology, and they are evolving into diverse creative communities while they keep apace with rapidly changing approaches to artmaking.

    Melissa Franklin (Director, Pew Fellowships in the Arts, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, USA)

    Alessio Antoniolli (Director, Gasworks and Triangle Network, UK)

    Margaret Shiu (Director, Bamboo Curtain Studio and Bamboo Curtain International, Taiwan)

    Zoe Butt (Executive-Director/Curator, San Art, Vietnam)

    Clayton Campbell (former Executive Director, 18th Street Art Center, USA): moderator

  16. S.16 New Horizons for Creative Platforms, Constellation of Cultures
    Dinh Q. Le (Co-Director of San Art,Vietnam)
    Ong Keng Sen (Artistic Director of TheaterWorks (Singapore), Founder of Arts Network Asia, Singapore)
    Vasif Kortun (Director, SALT Research & Programs, Turkey )
    Yusaku Imamura (Director, Tokyo Wonder Site/ Counselor on Special Issues to the Governor, Tokyo Metropolitan Government): moderator

< Brief Presentation > 28(sun) 11:00-16:30 *admission free

  1. AIR! AIR! AIR! 1
    Asia, Middle East, Africa / Foundations
    Brief presentation by residence organizations and foundations
  2. AIR! AIR! AIR! 2
    Europe, North and South America/Foundations
    Brief presentation by residence organizations and foundations
  3. "AIR!AIR!AIR! "is advocacy program for residency program in Japan by Japan Foundation, Mecenat Association and TWS.

< Mentoring >

  1. ResSupport
    Workshop for "emerging residency", new organization for residency program


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