ARCUS Research is a self-funded and short term residency program in summer. The program offers an uninterrupted time and contemplative environment for creative experimentation, in-depth fieldwork, and research for practitioners and professionals in art and other cultural fields, including artists, curators, researchers, university educators, or writers at all stages in their careers.
Located around an hour from Tokyo and a half hour from Tsukuba City, known for hosting one of the largest accumulations of science and technology institutes in the world, ARCUS Research allows participants to come into contact with the contemporary art scene and leading research institutions, as well as devote themselves to their creative endeavors in a calm environment.
The program received 31 applicants from 18 countries and regions around the world. Following a careful screening process, four participants have been selected.
Residency period: June 9 – July 8, 2023
Residency period: July 11 – August 9, 2023
Éric Omar Camarena is an artist, architect and professor. His interests lie in the intersection of architecture, media and landscape, and in the relationship between technology and storytelling in the construction of realities. He has lectured and exhibited works surrounding these topics in Mexico and the United States, with the support of Art OMI, New York’s International Arts Center, Aramauca Center For Contemporary Arts, by Mexico’s National Fund for Arts and Culture, and its National Center for the Arts. He currently teaches Architectural Design, History and Theory at the University of the Americas Puebla. At ARCUS, he plans to do research in advance of the production of a series of sound art and design works concerned with the depiction of natural landscapes within indoor environments.
Chloé Viton develops a personal mythology that revolves around recurring obsessive forms, relationships to language, and the world around us, in constant metamorphosis through performance, sculpture, drawing, and installation. Her works and performances have been presented at Centre Pompidou (Paris), Panacée (Montpellier), and many other institutions in Europe. Viton graduated from the Ecole supérieure des Beaux Arts de Montpellier in 2017. She has participated in the residency program organized by MO.CO during the Cochin Biennale (India), Venice Biennale (Italy), and Istanbul Biennale (Turkey) in 2018. During her residency program at ARCUS Research, she will conduct in-depth research on Onibaba, a creature in Japanese folklore, in connection with unconsciousness and dreams.
Léone-Alix Mazaud is an artist and a PhD candidate at the Center for the Sociology of Innovation (CSI) with the architecture and urban design firm PCA-STREAM, working at the intersection of Science and technology studies and Design research. Her work focuses on the relationships human societies develop with the rest of the living world in relation with the way they design their built environments. She highlights in particular how the tools involved contribute to perpetuating such relationships. Through design experiments of alternative tools based on sentient and sensitive approaches, she explores speculated alternative urban realities to make more-than-human entities count in urban production and allow for multispecies worldings.During the residency, she will investigate the Japanese urban planning, design practices and tools regarding the relationship to the living – framed as biodiversity -, as well as experiment with formal and conceptual modes of immersion involving sound to support the urban design practice.
The United Kingdom / France
Noémie Soula is an artist and researcher using storytelling and craft as creative tools to explore biotechnologies, genetics, and the relationship between human and non-human. Playing with the visceral and the liminality between reality and fiction, the created artworks, physical or digital, act as a wake-up call, an uncanny event stimulating the audience’s imagination. During her residency programme, she will develop Becoming Futakuchi-Onna, a project exploring connections between this traditional Japanese folktale and our contemporary society aiming to encourage bio-activism and women to access STEAM careers. She was the selected artist to receive The Da Vinci Labs’ LEONARDO REBOOTED grant in the Synthetic Biology category in 2022 to create her last project Mythical Living Data exhibited as a solo show in the Moore St. Electrical Substation as part of No Bounds Festival (Sheffield). Recent exhibitions and artist talks include Epidermotopia (Paris), NEW NOW Festival (Essen), and Giudecca Art District (Venice).
The program received 41 applicants from 22 countries and regions around the world. Following a careful screening process, two participants have been selected.
Aggie Toppins is a graphic designer and published critic who writes about design in social and cultural contexts. She appraises the roles of history and historicism in the field, advocating for methodologies that illuminate design’s social performativity. Her writing embraces design narratives decoupled from universalism and capitalism, drawing on intersectional feminism and materialist theory to explore questions of activism, taste, and meaning-making. During her residency program, she worked on Thinking Through Graphic Design History: Challenging the Canon, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2025.
France / Brazil
Ana Vaz is an artist and filmmaker working with film as an instrument. Composed as film-poems, her films walk along territories and events haunted by the ever-lasting impacts of internal and external forms of colonialism and their imprint on land, human and other-than-human forms of life. Her films have been screened in film festivals and institutions such as the Tate Modern, Palais de Tokyo, Jeu de Paume, LUX Moving Images, NYFF and IFFR. Recent exhibitions include Sheherazade, at night, Palais de Tokyo (Paris), 12th Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions (Tokyo), and 36th Panorama of Brazilian Art “Sertão” at MAM – Museum of Modern Art (São Paulo)