October 12th 16:00-18:00

AIR-Discussion | “Our ulterior motives with Maneuvers”

@OPEN STUDIOS 01 Related event


We are pleased to announce taking place of the Artist-In-Residence Discussion “Our ulterior motives with Maneuvers” at the Open Studios 01. We will invite six organizations that run AIR-program in the Kanto region.
The discussion aims to be an opportunity for the reconsideration “meanings of running AIR, now”.

In 1990's, we did not have many residencies in Japan. ARCUS Project started in 1994 as a test artist-in-residence program that was an initiative of the Ibaraki Prefectural Government. After five years of successfully running the test project period, it then began officially.
Since then, we ARCUS Project have faced various situations, and have solved to deal with expectable /unexpectable matters. However, we are standing a point again to ask us “Did we reach an edge of the answers sure enough? ” "What does AIR exist for? for whom? What does it bring visible achievements?”, and so on..
Recently, the AIR-organizations are increasing in number rapidly, and they are developing various unique activities.
We would like to introduce these characteristics organizations of Artist-in-Residence in the Kanto region, and share their points of view.

It is the time to talk for next step of AIR in Japan.
Please join the discussion with your practical attitude.

20131206078-289.jpg                               photo:加藤 甫 Hajime KATO



Arts Initiative Tokyo


Graduated from Gakushuin University, Faculty of Political Science. Received a diploma in contemporary art studies from the Sotheby's Institute of Art. Worked at Nanjo and Associates from 1996 - 2001 where she coordinated, consulted and managed various art projects;  "Obayashi Corporate Art Project"(1999), "EXPO 2000 Hannover"(2000), and "San Paulo Biennale"(2002). She founded Art Initiative Tokyo[AIT] with six curators and arts organizers in 2002. At AIT, manages and organizes a pioneering independent contemporary art school called MAD (Making Art Different.), run the first systematic artist in residence program in Tokyo since 2003 and curate experimental events, symposia and exhibitions.

Nobuhiro KUZUYA

Resident of Haishakkei/Artist/Manager of Bar "Conflictable cube"

2008 Completed his M.A., in Department of Fine Arts of Tokyo University of the Arts. The Haishakkei was founded in 2009 with five Artists, he was the one of it member. In 2011 he started to open the Conflictable cube as Bar gallery, and also started to calling residency artists from all over the world at Haishakkei. From 2013 started to belong Public Art by organizing Artist's real estate institution, and Toride executive committee of mural painting.

FAIR / Fuwari no mori International Artist In Residence Narita 

 Born 1981 in Narita. As an artist, His works encompass a wide range of medium such as photography, drawing, and painting.
He also organizes many art projects and the artist-run space. More recently, he had several gallery and museum exhibitions in Tokyo, New York, Dubai, Helsinki, Milan, Singapore, and Bangkok.
In 2014, he started FAIR project, running artist in residence and gallery near The Narita International Airport. In addition, he collaborated with the fashion brand YOSHIDA&CO in the project of “YUSUKE SHIMURA TOKYO NEWYORK”.

Nozomu OGAWA

Art Center Ongoing [Ongoing AIR]

Born 1976 in Tokyo. Director of Art Center Ongoing. Graduated from Musashino Art University in 2001; MA from the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, The University of Tokyo. Staged large-scale exhibitions every year from 2002 to 2006, building a unique network of artists through public submissions. Base on this network, he launched Art Center Ongoing, an art complex in Kichijoji in 2008.


HITACHIOTA Artist In Residence

Born 1985 in Mito. Graduated from Tama Art University, B.A., Faculty of Department of Information Design, Art& Media Course in 2008.
Work as a director and an artist. She is currently enrolled in Master course, Tokyo University of the Arts from 2013.
Art is communication, and it is in the process of development which comes from daily life. Based on this way of thought, she is touching Art from multiple positions.

Wataru SHOJI

Matsudo Community Planning Council

Born 1987 in Sendai. Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, majoring in Computer Music.
While he was in the university, he had run an alternative space named "Ottorisha" in Tokyo and organized several concerts and recordings with various artists from foreign countries within Japan.
After that, since 2010, he has been in charge of organizing and planning for art project in Matsudo.
Researching Assistant of Tokyo University of the Arts.

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