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3331 Artist & Curator Residence

July 29, 2010 / Open Residence / AIR3331

3331 Artist & Curator Residence Program
3331 Arts Chiyoda has recently launched a new residency program open to artists, curators and creative practitioners internationally. This includes not only the visual arts but also practitioners in design, architecture, dance and music etc. With a full range of facilities including accommodation, studio and gallery, creative practitioners have the exceptional opportunity to extend their artistic engagement in the heart of Tokyo. Not only will artists be able to pursue their own individual research and practice, but they will be connected to the extensive network of Tokyo's art scene through the hub that is 3331. With the energy of the electronics and anime haven of Akihabara right at one's doorstep and the traditional cultures of downtown but a stone's throw away artists will be able to experience all aspects of this kaleidoscopic city from this convenient base. Artists are not only able to spend time in Tokyo, but are able to create work onsite and then finally exhibit what they have developed during their stay, in the distinct setting of 3331 Arts Chiyoda. We are pleased to be able to offer these facilities to artists who can contribute to the diverse creative expressions of this cosmopolitan metropolis and engage its inhabitants in new ways.

Residence Program Costs (to be paid by the applicant)
1 month accommodation + Studio

We have a self contained apartment flat available to artists in residence just 1 minute from 3331 itself. This has two bedrooms, a kitchen, lounge space and bathroom. It is suitable for up to three artists to share for any significant residency period. The kitchen and bathroom are shared facilities, and encourage a healthy dialogue between artists, so they are not in isolation from each other.
Ideal for up to 3 people (5 people maximum if sharing rooms)
Floor Area 50㎡
Communal Facilities (shared between the artists) - Kitchen, Bathroom, Toilet
Bedrooms - 2 bedrooms with bed, desk and closet
1 open space - with 1 bed and desk (please note this space is open to the kitchen)
* provision can also be made for 2 more persons using futon and sharing space with other occupants
Further amenities Television, DVD player, internet, fridge, rice cooker, gas range

Dedicated studio space for all resident artists to use for their artistic production. 33㎡ - internet access, electricity, water. At 3331 there is the added attraction of being in an arts centre which is a hive of activity, so the participating artists in residence are guaranteed visibility during their stay, including during their production and research process. We encourage artists to make their studio space an open studio throughout their stay, allowing visitors to 3331 to directly engage with the artists and learn more about the processes which go into the production of their work. It is also a good opportunity for the artist to gain feedback even in the early stages of development of their project.
Floor Area 33㎡
Lighting Fluorescent Lighting
Electrical Capacity 20A
Facilities Sink, Toilet, internet, air conditioner, 1 desk 1 chair per artist
Maximum capacity of artists 5

Gallery (option)
Ample gallery space suitable for exhibitions and events, based on the 2nd floor of 3331 amongst the many galleries and creative organizations based at the centre. 66㎡- wooden flooring, spot lighting, internet access.
Floor Space 66㎡
Lighting Fluorescent Lighting/spot lighting
Visitor Capacity 40
Electrical Capacity 20A
Facilities Air conditioning, internet

Additional charge (in addition to accommodation and studio)
1 week 1 month
100,000yen 400,000yen

(to be paid by the applicant)

Coordinator (option)
Another highly unique point of 3331's residency is that we are able to dedicate a member of staff 5 days a week to the artist in residence. The coordinator is able to support the artist in all aspects of the residency helping them to settle into their new environment, introduce them to the local area and wider Tokyo, provide information required for daily life, as well of course the arts world. The coordinator is able to introduce the artist to other artists, curators and creative practitioners based in Tokyo, and enable them to effectively build a network which may lead to new forms of future cooperation. The coordinator is of course able to help with all requirements for the artist's research, production and exhibition. In addition our other staff are highly capable and have a strong enthusiasm which will also contribute to the artist's positive experience during their stay. Many of our staff are artists themselves and therefore can relate well to the visiting artist and provide various support.

Additional charge (in addition to accommodation and studio)
Per month

(to be paid by the applicant)

Event Space (option)
The community space or lounge space are also available if the artist wishes to give a formal presentation to the public or facilitate an event/workshop, we can offer this space at a special discount. This is subject to availability.
Facilities Tables, chairs, projector, speaker set
Visitor Capacity 50-70

Additional Charge (in addition to accommodation and studio)
3 hours weekday 3 hours weekend
20,000yen 40,000yen

(to be paid by the applicant)
We particularly encourage applications from galleries, museums, universities, arts organizations and funding bodies who are able to recommend and support a number of artists to join this program. We also welcome approaches from artists who are able to secure their own sources of funding. We recommend that artists consider applying in groups of 2-5 in order to reduce the financial responsibility of the individual. Please note that 3331 is unable to offer financial support to artists in residence in this program.
The facilities are ideal to be shared between a group of 3 artists, and can accommodate a maximum of 5 artists if so required. The overall fee for accommodation and other facilities is set and is not affected by the number of people in residence.
How to Apply
In order to apply for this program please download the following application form and send it with the relevant supporting material (outlined in this form) to
There are two deadlines for applications.
For those wishing to use the residency facilities between November2010-January 2011 please apply by 18th August 2010.
(However it is possible to apply after this date if space is still available. Please check our calendar for availability)
For those wishing to use the residency facilities between February-June 2011 please apply by 19th November 2010.

Application Form (word file) Application Form (pdf file)
If you have any queries please contact Emma Ota at +81(0)3-6803-2441

*Please note that we can not accept applications by individuals who do not have sources to fund their residence. Individual artists may not apply and then make funding applications after being selected. Applicants must have a guaranteed source of funding at the time of application.


July 15, 2010 / Exhibition

AKIBATAMABI21 again set a new standard in their latest exhibition by Tama Art University graduates. The two gallery spaces have been completely transformed by the group "Olta", a collective of extrodinary characters, with strong personalities. One gallery has metaphorosised into a countryside rice farm, while the other has become what appears to be an aquarium of marvellous forms.


3331 Presents Tokyo : Part 2

July 15, 2010 / 

"3331 Presents Tokyo : Part 2"
7th -29th August 2010: 3331 Arts Chiyoda

3331 offers a unique approach to creative practice, providing over 4 floors of exhibition space, workshop facilities, meeting rooms, office space for arts organizations, independent galleries, café, lounge, roof top allotments and sports amenities. It is a unique model which invites people of all generations, backgrounds and interests to participate in its open approach to fine art, fashion, design, music, alternative media etc., with various programs which encompass people with disabilities, children, local residents, students, experts and those with a curiosity for the arts. It is designed not only as an arts hub for Tokyo and Japan but as an international centre where creative practitioners from all over the world can come together. We opened our doors in March of this year and on 26th June we celebrated our grand opening, with a full range of facilities fully in service.

In celebration of this event we are holding a two part exhibition "3331 Presents Tokyo" which attempts to capture the multiple expressions and cultures which make up the city. Part 1 of this exhibition will taking place between 26th June - 25th July focuses upon the contemporary art and design galleries/organizations based at 3331, presenting their own selection of artists. Part 2 brings together groups undertaking social engagement in the promotion of a shared borderless horizon, including; student networks, regional cultural resources, environmental engagements and alternative media and more, throwing a new light upon the role of art in society.

3331 Arts Chiyoda Grand Open Exhibition「3331 Presents Tokyo : Part 2」
Dates:  7th -29th August 2010
     Closed on Mondays (and between 14th-16th August for Obon Festival)
Opening Hours: Sunday-Thursday 12:00-19:00、Friday-Saturday 12:00-20:00
Entrance Fee: Free of Charge
Organizers: 3331 Arts Chiyoda

Able Art Japan
Able Art Japan is a non-profit organization which aims to realize the appreciation of many different values in society through the promotion of art created by people with disabilities. Able Art provides Japan's first commercial gallery for the promotion of work produced by artists with disabilities and an art studio at 3331.
In this exhibition Able Art will be collaborating with a similar organization based in Korea and introduce works by artists with psychological disabilities, which will ask us to consider the culture of human expression.

Sento Shinkousha
Through facilitating events which take public baths as their stage, supporting the culture of scenic paintings in such spaces and sharing information about public baths on the internet this organization aims to initiate a rediscovery of the significance of these cultural spaces.
In this exhibition the team will publicly create a "bath house painting" through the support of local shops and businesses, pointing towards a communication between the viewer, the community and the public bath. When the painting is completed it will be installed in a local public bath in Chiyoda Ward.

Ono Shouichi
Ono is undertaking a large scale project documenting the population of Japan over 100 years of age. Through taking their photos he aims to capture the vitality of life and the beauty of a smiling face for future generations, and allow the viewer to appreciate the inner-strength which these people possess. Ono is currently making an open call for people over 100 living in Tokyo to join his project. The photographer Ono will in this exhibition present a selection of his works depicting people from all over the country who have reached the age of over 100.

Hafu Project
The HAFU Project deals with the experiences of people with half Japanese identity. This project, especially invited by 3331, will present a series of photographs and interviews of people who have a mixed ethnic background, come to be known as "Half/hafu" in Japanese, and approaching their position from an outward sociological perspective. In the flowing changes of culture and nationality, what does the word "half" mean? In this work photographer Natalie Maya Willer and researcher Marcia Yumi Lise pursue this question.

A planning unit which focuses on the cross over of advertising, education and art. From its base at 3331 Himanainu realizes various projects such as local walking tour workshops and a night school for adults. In this exhibition they will consider the role of social media in communication and propose meaningful ways of connecting with each other.

An organization supporting user interface, information architecture and the IT access in order to promote the benefits of the internet.

Tokyo Art Point Project
Tokyo Art Point Project is engaged in creatively promoting the citizen/community participation in the appreciation of Tokyo, activities include the nurturing the talents of individuals through various projects, meetings, lectures and seminars. Here they will present the activities of a number of projects they are supporting: Student Media Centre - Nanairochannel, Insideout/Tokyo Project and Tokyo Art Research Lab.

The organizers of national competitions for high school students in film, music and animation as well as publishers of the magazine "Ss'" promoting the work of creative high school students. SMN will here present some of the recommended artists who have recently participated in the high school art competition.

Street Media are engaged in projects of area casting, which aims to activate people and promote regional development by means of information distribution linked with digital signage and mobile phone services.
At "3331 presents Tokyo" Streetmedia will utilize their digital signage "Touch!Vision" to distribute information about 3331.

Le Couple Noir
Promoting circus as a theatrical art in Japan through productions, workshops, publications and education programs. Le Couple Noir will here present photographs and posters of the highly artistic circus productions of French companies Cirque Trottola and Compagnie Jerome Thomas.

Sustina Japan
Sustaina Japan creates a framework of support for small creative businesses offering consulting in marketing, promotion and the establishment of brands. As part of "3331 presents Tokyo" Sustina Japan will hold a series of dance performances which bring together ballet and contemporary dance.

<A window on Tokyo>
3331 Arts Chiyoda is a space for many different people to come together and build new dialogues. In order to encourage this spirit of exchange and to highlight the vast creativity of the city in this exhibition 3331 is also inviting outside organizations and individuals to present their activities.

■Volume 1 : 7th-13th August: Creativity for Children - Introducing the activities of various groups, organizations and companies promoting creative engagement of children. From children's workshops to products to information exchange, creating an environment which is fun for both children and adults alike.

■Volume 2  : 20th-29th August: Tokyo Diversity 0 In the second volume of this exhibition 3331 is particularly keen to highlight the rich diversity of Tokyo's population and highlight the significant contribution made by the city's international community to this creative environment.

Celebrating Tokyo's multitude of cultures 3331 is calling for groups and individuals who are similarly engaged in creative and social action including not only art & design but also the environment, health, education, community, human rights, international exchange and more.

Children's Creativity

Digital Workshop Developers Association
Using digital technology to release the creativity of children is a new challenge. For us it is not about trying to catch interest through strong stimulation, but about directly supporting children's motivation to make something, and our group get together making exhibitions and workshops to try and achieve this.

CSK Holdings
Introducing the work of CAMP project, facilitated by CSK group's next generation "CSR", presenting the development of CAMP workshops through the exhibition of the work and response of the participating children.

LEIN Sound Promotion Department Toy Sound
baby to i Discovering a happy face
Presenting a new application for the iPhone "baby rattle bab bab", now with improved camera function so you can capture your child's beaming smile as they play with this toy.

Koyoko Children's Future Project
If you look carefully you will realize there are so many unusually shaped and easily malleable scrap materials about. Collaborating with Tokyo/Machida's "Shizen no kuni hochien"(Natural World Nursery School) Koyoko will present an installation which reveals the process of transforming scrap material into a new life through the creativity of children.

Kirinuki Black Board
Kodo/mono/koto is a group of designers and makers facilitating exhibitions and workshops focusing on the relationship between parent and child. Here they will present Kirinuki Black Board produced by Noguchi Yoko.

Tokyo's International Community

john moore organics
john moore organics offers organic seeds, workshops/tours and food.
We grow food from seed to finished cooked food, 100% organic.
We have farm centers in Tono Iwate, Kasai City Hyogo, Kochi and Kamakura.
We teach workshops on the farm campuses, Universities, Colleges and High Schools.
Our aim is to raise the level of food awareness for a better life for the next generation.

etteda is a collaborative exhibition project between Japan and Korea. Through dialogues between different fields and different cultures we bring young creatives together and point towards a place for expression reaching out to the world.

An annual international project generating dialogue and debate around the relationship between art, technology and locality through the exchanges of artists and experts of many fields in exhibitions, workshops, symposia and live events.

Tokyo Green space
Tokyo Green Space investigates the many plants growing in the world's largest city. Despite or perhaps because of its insufficient open space, Tokyo abounds in intentional and voluntary plant life.

In response to the argument that globalization may rob us of our cultural identity, a conversation between two ancient, strong and sophisticated identities: Japan and Africa. The conversation is about the beauty of weaving strands of our stories together.

BAKOKO is an emerging Tokyo design practice. Founded in 2009 by Architectural Association (AA) graduates Kayoko Ohtsuki and Alastair Townsend, the office strives to carry out work that is fresh, resourceful, and innovative. Built on a model of collaboration with entrepreneurs, developers, private clients, and other architects, BAKOKO offers unique design skills that distinguish their involvement in large to small projects.

HAA! (House of African Art)
HAA!'s ambition is simple: to re-introduce Africa to Japan, through the beauty, energy and spirituality of African arts, both traditional and contemporary, as well as to provide a space for voices from Africa to tell their stories in their own words.

Regional Code Asia - Talk Series

July 15, 2010 / Review

Regional Code Asia - Talk Series

In tandem with the Regional Code Asia archive 3331 has initiated a series of regular events to introduce the activities of some of the most interesting alternative arts engagements in the region. This is a great opportunity to discover the eclectic approaches to the possibilities of arts expression and collaboration in many different parts of Asia.

Last week 3331 hosted a screening and presentation by Thai artist Patavee Viranuvat, also attended by the minister of the Thai embassy. Patavee presented his work in progress "ofukuronikanpai" which he has been filming during his residency at s-air, Sapporo under the Japan Foundation's Jenesys Project. Although not yet completed the poetic yet honest work already has a strong character and impacted upon the audience its message of motherly love as well as the difficulties which mothers face. Patavee then gave a detailed commentary upon his new work describing the motivation for its creation, stemming from his own family relationships

This week saw the next in these series of talks, this time held by Vietnam artists and organizers Nguyen Anh Tuan (Mami) and Nguyen Phuong Linh. They provided a rich insight into the development of the contemporary art scene in Hanoi and wider Vietnam, and in particular highlighted the important contribution of Vietnam's first alternative art space "Nha San Studio", which they are both involved in running. Linh introduced some of the first generations of artists active in contemporary art in Vietnam as well as providing an overview of her own work, including a major research project into the salt industry throughout the country, which eventually took the form of an ambitious sculptural/installation series. Mami shared his in depth knowledge of the performance art scene in Hanoi, completed with commentaries upon his own oeuvre of performative actions, highly political and personal at the same time.
These presentations were followed by performances by both artists. Linh, half dressed, performed a simple, but highly sexualized action of drinking milk, spitting it into a polythene bag then pouring its contents over herself. Mami requested the audience's participation in the realization of his work, asking each individual to bite his arm after he had shaved and disinfected it. Showing no sign of pain he calmly walked from person to person in this violent yet somehow sensual exchange.

3331 Presents Tokyo Live Events

July 2, 2010 / Event

Accompanying "3331 presents Tokyo : Part 1" a series of live events and performances will be held throughout the exhibition period, highlighting the multiple creative expressions which 3331 aims to bring together. This series will begin with live audio-visual performances by innovative young artist Junji Koyanagi, Shunsuke Watanabe and P.A.N.A Project. From subtle layered landscapes of sound to electronic twists of guitar riffs, these artists will weave and bend an audio architecture around the audience, transporting them to another space. The following live performance on 17th July will include appearances from Christophe Charles, with his highly vivid soundscapes which resonate within, n.A.s.a, a hot new duo full of energy and spark, and Akihiko Taniguchi, bringing computer games and sound performance together. Furthermore 3331 is pleased to host the dance performance of Korean dancer Son Woo-Kyung, in a special show devised especially for the spaces of 3331.
9th July 19:00~ 3331 presents Tokyo Live vol.1
16th July 20:00~ Son Woo-Kyung
17th July 17:00~ 3331 presents Tokyo Live vol.2
23rd July 20:00~ Son Woo-Kyung


3331 presents Tokyo : Part 1 - Review

July 1, 2010 / Exhibition

Capturing a fly's eye vision of this vibrant city, 3331 presents a unique perspective upon Tokyo through the various organizations and creative practitioners based within the centre itself. This dynamic exhibition unveils the multiple aspects of this kaleidoscopic metropolis. This eclecticism and multiplicity is reflected in the very entrance way of the gallery space, a site specific work created by Naoki Sato and Daijiro Ohara in an original "play on words", a typographic installation in which they spin an improvised dialogue between each other examining the many dimensions of textual form to the point that they lose grasp of their own language.
The gallery opens out to reveal a vast population of curious comfort creatures, "Wife san" created by Tomomi Ohzone, hanging from the gallery walls in a multi-coloured jungle of limbs. Visitors are invited to make friends with one of these individuals by wrapping the character around your body and while walking around the exhibition develop a new relationship.
Shrieks of laughter bring us to the work of Gabin Ito, "An e-sports Amalgam", an interactive installation which is proving very popular with all visitors as they try out a new form of sports, played across a sloping sports ground and moving image projection which responds to the players actions. Here is it is up to you to make up the rules and have fun in the challenge of gravity and technology.
The churning of a row of printers brings us to the work of Hideki Inaba. The prolific designer has such a body of work that it could form a never ending publication and "Printer" seems to suggest this possibility. In this interactive installation audiences are welcomed to visit +81 Gallery+Lab on the 2nd floor and select work from his oeuvre which will then be printed out in the 1st floor main gallery in a constant production line.
Further on we are met with another expression of infinity in the vast imaginary landscapes of Norihito Ogata. "Extraordinary Machine#5" is part of a series in which Ogata constructs fictional images with the resources available on Google Map's 'Street View' service. His photography explores the 'absolute architecture', in question of the reality of expanding urban space and that of our perception. From the distortions of imagination and reality in our outer spaces, we move to an inner space of shamanistic power, and ritual force in the work of Miyuki Mitsui, suggesting at a world beyond our own, with strange idols and iconographies conjuring images of religious rites, an unnerving form emerges from this human size mass of materials, a menacing presence or one which can charm?
Beyond this emerges another sequence of collaged celestial bodies, colours across the spectrum connect between their microscopic forms, constructing galaxies of constellations in the work of Kohei Yamashita.Taisuke Koyama's "Untitled(Melting Rainbows)", continues this blurring between nature and the man-made, creating natural phenomenon in the synthetic in this photographic series.
We are met with colour and vibrance i this exhibition but we are also confronted with a seated violence in the work of Hideki Nakajima "re-street view/line#1" in which the artist achieves both a sturdy coolness yet simultneously unleashes a thrust of emotion in this series of work which pursues the technique of frottage, revealing the textures of the everyday streets we walk upon in silk screen print across agressively slashed canvases.
3331 presents Tokyo : part 1 arrests us with the plurality of Tokyo's existence, its energy, brightness and colour but also its subtlties and darker dimensions which are present within its many layers. We welcome you to come and experience the city within 3331 yourself.
All Images © Ujin Matsuo


July 1, 2010 / 

opened.jpg© Ujin Matsuo

With a brass band fanfare 3331 Arts Chiyoda launched its Grand Opening on 26th June. With so many facilities newly completed 3331 has taken on a new character, and opened its doors to the large crowd eagerly awaiting to experience 3331 fully in service. The day was marked with a jam-packed schedule of events kicking off, with greetings by Director Masato Nakamura and the Major of Chiyoda Ward Mr. Ishikawa, a lively performance by "The Crazy Angels" brass brand, a photo shoot of all crowd, a guided tour of the full facilities of 3331, the launch of the exhibition "3331 presents Tokyo : Part 1" and presentations by all the participating artists. This brand new arts centre was fully energized by a dynamic crowd, flowing through its various floors, and bringing the possibilities of 3331, into full view.


KAERU Station Open

July 1, 2010 / 

kaeru4.jpg© Ujin Matsuo

KAERU Station
Already a great hit from its very first day of opening, captivating not only children but also adults alike, this magical forest of toys is a treasure-trove for anyone young at heart. Bearing a remarkable resemblance to a giant "pick'n'mix" sweet stall, KAERU station offers a mouth-watering assortment of brightly coloured goodies to play with. This 5 year commission work of Hiroshi Fuji is to be permanently based in the entrance of 3331 creating a special place of communication for children (and their taller counter-parts). Children are free to play and have fun with the whole collection of toys here and they can also exchange their old toys for something they might find a little more interesting at KAERU station. In this Aladdin's cave a whole range of workshops and events will also be taking place regularly providing creative ideas of re-using old toys to make something new. By participating in these events children can collect kaekko points and use these to trade for toys at KAERU station. Already packed with buggies and the patter of little feet, KAERU station is sure to become the local hang out spot for kids of all ages.

Food Lab 3331

July 1, 2010 / Introduction

Food Lab 3331 brings a range of delicious meals and drinks to 3331. With a highly original approach to cuisine, with also a sensitivity to the environment, Food Lab 3331 expresses its flair for food creativity, where one can appreciate art and culinary satisfaction at the same time. With tables laid out across the wood-deck at the entrance of 3331 as well as around the café area, a relaxed welcoming atmosphere is created where you can savour a unique dish while also soaking up the creative energy of the art infused surroundings. Food Lab 3331 also includes its own exhibition space and will be collaborating with artists to realize innovative new projects for this site. In addition Food Lab 3331 will also be hosting a series of events including inviting special guests, leading culinary experts, to facilitate workshops and presentations.
As the first in these collaborations Food Lab 3331 has invited Chaco Kato to realize her "A Law of Wheat : Slow Wheat Project" within the café itself. In this project visitors to the café may help to nurture colonies of fresh wheat and eventually create a rejuvenating wheat juice drink from the leaves.

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