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Aomori Contemporary Art Centre: Artist in Residence Programme ‘Spinning Scapes’ (Japan)

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This open call for the Artist in Residence (AIR) programme offers contemporary artists, curators, researchers and others who are involved in cultural and artistic endeavours the opportunity to practice preparing for exhibitions, performances, workshops, talks and other activities, with the full support of Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC). Although holding an exhibition is not compulsory, participants are required to introduce their achievements through some form of Exchange Programme.

This year’s name, ‘Spinning Scapes’, combines ‘scape’, referring to the ‘landscape (of something)’, with the word ‘spinning’, which refers to something rapidly rotating or the act of spinning yarn. Natural and human-made disasters, including wars and earthquakes, can drastically change our everyday landscapes. Recently, in such situations, we have had cause to think about what we can accomplish in the world. By having various artists from around the world gather at ACAC, their movements, which are completely different in terms of speed, methods, and trajectories, will involve local residents, students, and the surrounding environment, creating unprecedented ‘scapes’.

The length of stay is optional. Participants are asked to select the desired period of time in 2-week increments, from a minimum of one 2-week term to a maximum of six 2-week terms. The period of stay at the ACAC must be chosen from terms between 2 October and 24 December 2024.

Participation in this programme is based on an in-person residency at ACAC, although remote participation will also be accepted for activities deemed as significant.

ACAC covers travel expenses (up to 150,000 JPY for international and up to 70,000 JPY for domestic travel), production expenses (40,000 JPY per term or 80,000 JPY per month), exhibition-related event expenses (50,000 JPY), studio space, accommodation and living costs (the full amount of living expenses is 225,720 JPY or 46,200 JPY for one term).


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