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[AIR 3331 OPEN CALL] Accepting Applications for New Facility Programs between May 3 - July 5, 2019!!

April 22, 2019 / Open Call

[AIR 3331 OPEN CALL] Accepting Applications for New Facility Programs between May 3 - July 5, 2019!!
April 22, 2019 / AIR 3331 Team
スクリーンショット 2019-04-22 12.46.55.png It's that time again to apply for 3331 Arts Chiyoda's artist in residence program - "AIR 3331 OPEN CALL"! Plus, we have moved to our newly renovated Iwamotocho Residence & Studio facility located just steps behind the electronics and sub-culture district of Akihabara!! We offer a program that invites creators of all disciplines to openly undertake a project of their own at the cross section of Tokyo's Edo roots and its cutting-edge. Bring your ideas to the communities of 3331 Arts Chiyoda and greater Tokyo by sending us your application! (Apply: May 3 - July 5, 2019)

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When creators arrive at 3331, our art center based in the repurposed former Rensei Junior High School, they are met with four floors comprised of community spaces, large-scale galleries, independent art galleries and creative companies, and a vast rooftop open to the sky. Look closely and you will find unique artworks and remnants of the former school on every floor!

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Then take a 20-minute stroll through the energy-filled streets of Akihabara to the newly relocated AIR 3331 Iwamotocho Residence & Studio. Immediately, you will come across large glass doors leading into the 1F shared studio. Participants from across the world can work and exchange thoughts on a daily basis in the bright and open space, often leading to collaborated open studios and group shows. For creators looking for pure focus, our program also offers the choice of a private studio located inside 3331 or in the Iwamotocho Residence 3F.

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The Iwamotocho Residence is also perfect for relaxing after a day of research and production. Enter the fifth-floor common space and find a kitchen fully equipped with a dishwasher, convection oven, and other cooking devices, making cooking and dining with other creators a fun activity. Participants may even stretch out on the extra-large sofa or warm up in the heated "kotatsu" table for comfort throughout the seasons.

With participants bringing their projects to the network of 3331 and the larger art scene of Tokyo, the AIR 3331 coordinators are here to help make creative goals a reality. From facility check-in to check-out, consultation on research to planning your proposed event, we are eager to offer you our support*. We look forward to your project becoming part of the rest of 3331 and Tokyo, offering us exciting opportunities to connect people, places, and ideas!

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PROGRAM DETAILS
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Residency Period: September 2, 2019 to May 31, 2020
Residency Length:
Short-term - 1 month (28 days)
Long-term - 2 or 3 months**

*Details available on website starting May 3, 2019

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HOW TO APPLY
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Application period: May 3 - July 5, 2019
Notification of acceptance: Mid July, 2019 (Notification date may change based on applicant numbers)
Please submit the materials below to [residence(at)3331.jp] by the deadline.
Materials (up to 2MB)
(1) Application form (download available on May 3)
(2) Recent CV
(3) Portfolio (at least 5 images, video, audio, essay or web links as relevant)
(4) Supporting materials to describe your residency project, as applicable (example: sample schedules, images/videos, web links, etc.)
Note: Applicants must be able to cover the costs of the program fee, travel, production costs and living expenses.
*Details available on website starting May 3, 2019 >>>

Inquiries
AIR 3331 Residence Program (Contact: Emily, Chihiro)
3331 Arts Chiyoda
6-11-14 Sotokanda Chiyoda-ku Tokyo Japan 101-0021
TEL | +81 3 6803 2441
MAIL | residence(at)3331(dot)jp
WEB | https://residence.3331.jp/en/
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*There are services included in the base program fee and optional support/space options at an additional fee.
**Calculated in 4-week increments.

New Worlds Full of New Dialogues by Hui Serene Sze Lok

September 27, 2018 / Open Residence / AIR3331

New Worlds Full of New Dialogues by Hui Serene Sze Lok
Residency length: 6 weeks
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During Hui Serene Sze Lok's (https://residence.3331.jp/en/artists/004311.html) program with AIR 3331, she created new worlds for us to step into. These worlds were formed by interweaving texts and space, as well as objects familiar in our daily lives, found anywhere from the art supply store to flea markets. Traveling from Hong Kong, Serene put her methods into practice with Tokyo as her new canvas for the creation of her own poetic and site-specific work.
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Inside the AIR 3331 Nishikicho Shared Studio, (https://residence.3331.jp/en/facilities/), Serene made full use of her work table next to other residents. She posted across the wall, texts that invited dialogues with our thoughts, and on her table could be found old globes, with markings half rubbed away using sandpaper. Indeed, her space displaced the ground below our feet where we found new relationships to the world we think we know. Yet there were instances when she played off the spaces of fellow residents, further expanding connections to be made between worlds. In the first part of Serene's program, she collaborated with residents in a group show (https://www.3331.jp/schedule/en/004370.html) that displayed their shared experience of creating and living in Tokyo together, where new dimensions were brought out in all of their artowrks.
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In July, Serene was invited to share her work at the Canvas Artist Talks held at a local pub in Tokyo's eccentric neighborhood of Shimo-kitazawa. The audience was able to view samples of past works, including those from a residency in Iceland. We saw inside her hand-crafted artist book full of memories and intimate thoughts expressed as calligraphic lines and bold colors, resonating with her background in traditional Chinese painting. Perhaps it is her skill in capturing poetic landscapes that allows her to imagine alternative modes of existence in our everyday surroundings.
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As Serene's residency drew to a close, she held an exhibition titled, "Words Unsaid, then forgotten" (https://www.3331.jp/schedule/en/004401.html), showcasing her resulting artworks inside the lounge space at 3331 Arts Chiyoda. She took on the challenge of transforming this large space into her own atmosphere in which we could feel and experience each artwork and the dialogues sparked between them. Upon entering, visitors could play a mis-harmonized music box that punched out notes onto paper - a new kind of sheet music. Another space we came across was a moving image of waves displayed on a globe, its printed text and geographies completely erased - yet interestingly, the projection simultaneously revealing a larger ocean scene on the wall.
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Serene returned to Hong Kong and is busy back at her position in a gallery. Yet she has taken up motifs and ideas developed during her AIR 3331 residency as a foundation for her project in progress for an upcoming group show of Zines. This new artist book will feature two simultaneous texts - one being the title from her AIR 3331 exhibition. The letters are in fact, not printed, but embossed/de-embossed to be both read by sight and touch as a dialogue between two texts. We see Serene's Tokyo experience here as another stepping stone along her path across various locations that will no doubt continue to be shaped as her world expands.

Hui Serene Sze Lok's Website >>> https://www.szelokserene.com

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We hope the creativity of our past participants will inspire some ideas for your project proposal to AIR 3331!
AIR 3331 OPEN CALL
Program Availability: April 1, 2019 - March 27, 2020
(1-3 months per residency)
Deadline: September 28, 2018
More info:http://bit.ly/2tLDu3t
AIR 3331: Emily

Introducing Kim Thøgersen Grønborg: Looking Through the "Chrystal Star Drum" of Tokyo

August 5, 2018 / Staff Blog

Introducing Kim Thøgersen Grønborg: Looking Through the "Chrystal Star Drum" of Tokyo
Residency length: 1 month

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Upon arriving to Tokyo from Aarhus, Denmark, Kim Thøgersen Grønborg's first question was where to find cardboard. In previous overseas projects, including one in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Kim picked up cardboard as his material of choice for its availability and freedom to construct or deconstruct it in any way. In no time, Kim picked up all varieties of cardboard from around the city to gradually fill an entire work space with his installation. The efficient and versatile medium allowed Kim to build up his base drawn from the Tokyo scenes he walked through in the style of a "flaneur".

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With a private studio plan, Kim used the AIR 3331 Soto-Kanda Studio inside 3331 liberally as the grounds for his creation. With a work space in the back and a gallery in the front, he could develop his digital work on his PC, while adding daily to a public display of cardboard structures seen through the glass window. While the digital images of the city were taken apart and made into shapes as 2-dimensional animations, these were also transformed into 3-dimensional sillouhettes traced and cut out of cardbord. The city came alive between different dimensions, even enveloping sound as Kim collected the noises recorded around Tokyo.

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As his final presentation with AIR 3331, Kim opened up his studio to the public and gave an artist talk about his practice, drawing together the ideas surrounding characteristic shapes and forms found in cities across the world, these objects' random occurrences and interactions between one another, as well as our encounters with them in daily life.

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As Kim's artwork title "Chrystal Star Drum" suggested, audiences were left with a Tokyo reshuffled in time and space to be born in a new plane.

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Kim Thøgersen Grønborg's Website >>> http://ktgworks.dk

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We hope the creativity of our past participants will inspire some ideas for your project proposal to AIR 3331!
AIR 3331 OPEN CALL
Program Availability: April 1, 2019 - March 27, 2020
(1-3 months per residency)
Deadline: September 28, 2018
More info: bit.ly/2KD3BAg
AIR 3331: Emily

[AIR 3331 Open Call] Applications Now Open for April 1, 2018 - March 27, 2019!!

July 2, 2018 / Open Call

[AIR 3331 Open Call] Applications Now Open for April 1, 2018 - March 27, 2019!!
Seeking Creators from All Fields and Disciplines to Join Us in Tokyo!

July 2, 2018 / AIR 3331 Team

Imagine the creative possibilities of starting your very own project within the bustling urban scene of Tokyo. While drawing creators to the heart of the city, AIR 3331 based in the independent art center known as 3331 Arts Chiyoda, also brings them directly into the local artistic community. AIR 3331 is now welcoming your applications to join our open residence made for all fields of creators and researchers for the period of April 1, 2019 - March 27, 2019!

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Through AIR 3331, creators are warmly welcomed at 3331 housed in the former Rensei Junior High School, now containing 4 floors of creative spaces from the open community space, the vast main gallery, an entire floor of independent art galleries, a floor made for shared offices and innovative companies, and a sprawling rooftop. Then hop over to the Nishikicho Residence located just 1 metro station away, and participants will find a common space to share their daily lives with artists from around the world, with a quiet retreat to their private room for plenty of focus. Our program is flexible in offering programs with either a private studio inside 3331 or a shared studio conveniently located just below the residence living quarters.

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Nestled beside the larger buzzing Akihabara district, the residence is located in the unique historical book district known as Jimbocho, where plenty of both urban excitement and antique treasures may be discovered.

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As part of the program, the coordinators at AIR 3331 are eager to support your initiatives with a range of services including event coordination, translation, networking, and sharing information*. We look forward to the outcome of your work and creating the opportunity for you to present in the 3331 community to be shared with the greater Tokyo art scene. AIR 3331 awaits your arrival in Tokyo!

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PROGRAM DETAILS
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Residency Period: April 1, 2019 to March 27, 2020

Residency Length: 1-3 months**
Facility Details: here
Programs & Fees: here
Support Details: here

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HOW TO APPLY
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DEADLINE: September 28, 2018
Notification of acceptance: Early October, 2018 (Notification date may change based on applicant numbers)
Please submit the materials below to [residence(at)3331.jp] by the deadline.
Materials (up to 2MB)
(1) Application form (download here)
(2) Recent CV
(3) Portfolio (at least 5 images, video, audio, essay or web links as relevant)
(4) Supporting materials to describe your residency project, as applicable (example: sample schedules, images/videos, web links, etc.)
Note: Applicants must be able to cover the costs of the program fee, travel, production costs and living expenses.

[Inquiries]
AIR 3331 Residence Program (Contact: Emily, Chihiro)
3331 Arts Chiyoda
6-11-14 Sotokanda Chiyoda-ku Tokyo Japan 101-0021
TEL | +81 3 6803 2441
MAIL | residence(at)3331(dot)jp
WEB | http://bit.ly/2KD3BAg
FacebookTwitter
*There are services included in the base program fee and optional support/space options at an additional fee.
**Calculated in 4-week increments.

Tokyo's Urban Scenes Filled by the Imagination of Artist, Erin McCluskey

March 28, 2018 / Open Call

Tokyo's Urban Scenes Filled by the Imagination of Artist, Erin McCluskey
Residency length: 1 month (August - September, 2017)
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Erin McCluskey arrived in Tokyo from Toronto, Canada ready to grab a bike and trek the city's extensive urban scene. Carrying her backpack equipped with a chair and tools, and the notebook that never left her side, she aimed to see, explore, and sketch the city at each moment. Erin took action right away to gather her artistic material from inspiration found in the city itself.

In Erin's past works spun from Toronto's urban life, one finds the city transformed into a quirky and colorful place by her unique vision. It is as though we move in time with Erin's own experiences felt between every encounter with her subjects. With even fairy tale or folkloric characters and motifs, viewers can perceive daily city life in new and romantic ways.

The AIR 3331 Open Call program offered Erin the challenge of taking up Tokyo as her first overseas city as subject matter. In addition, as her first time in Japan and her first residency, Erin experienced everything with fresh eyes. At the heart of Tokyo's urban core, AIR 3331 provided the perfect base for envisioning the city through her own imagination. From sketching outdoors in the middle of bustling Ueno Park and Shinjuku, to joining a local Chiyoda city festival, all sights were drawn up in Erin's style to become fantastic places.
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With sketchbooks and a wide array of painted artworks in the making, at the end of her residency, Erin decided to hold an open studio event in the Nishiki-cho Shared Studio , where she worked daily after traveling the streets of Tokyo. Erin's work area was overflowing with the internalized map of her Tokyo experiences - from train lines, museum tickets, sketches on the go, to journal entries and famous romantic poems. During her residence, she even had the chance to make a collaboration painting with fellow resident, Kyungwon Yoon , from South Korea.
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Erin's desk corner in the Nishiki-cho Studio attested to the wide network of places and objects that became her personal map of Tokyo. She transformed the city into an alternative Tokyo as a fairytale of urban life through her imagination. The AIR 3331 team looks forward to what kind of metropolis Erin will envision in her next travels from city to city.
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We hope the creativity of our past participants will inspire some ideas for your project proposal to AIR 3331!

AIR 3331 OPEN CALL
Residencies between: May 1, 2018 - March 29 2019 (1-3 months per residency)
Deadline: March 30, 2018
Details: https://goo.gl/Gf2hdo

AIR 3331: Emily

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