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Introducing Ignacio Chico: Carrying Memory from Buenos Aires to Tokyo Residency length: 3 months

January 27, 2018 / Open Residence / AIR3331

From the moment he arrived in Tokyo from Buenos Aires, Ignacio Chico was eager to share his family history intertwined with the Malvinas War (1982). Going as far as carrying with him his father's entire war uniform in a suitcase, he brought to 3331 Arts Chiyoda a historical narrative not commonly heard in Japan.
Within the first two weeks of his stay, Ignacio ambitiously curated a retrospective of his work inside 3331's 104 gallery. This included 2 small video installations, a floor section covered in laurel leaves appearing to spark into flames, and a large screen projecting a film piece set in the vast Pampas plains of Argentina. Ignacio's desire to connect his family background to the Japanese audience was strongly felt, and his interaction with the community only grew deeper.
During the third month of his residency, Ignacio put together an even bigger second exhibition inside 3331. Witnessing the many visitors from diverse fields in the arts, residency directors, local artists, and the 3331 staff he befriended, it was Ignacio's charisma and sincere desire to communicate with others that brought them there. With a full installation of an actual war refuge covered in sticks and mud, surrounded by his father's war photos, Ignacio recreated his memories in that very space, forming a new point of cultural intersection within 3331's network.

What's more, just a few days before his departure, Ignacio joined the major Trans Arts Tokyo festival (affiliated with 3331) in an exhibition tent featuring AIR 3331 artists. He hung his father's full uniform in the tent, drawing curiosity and questions from passersby.

Ignacio's connection to Tokyo has not ended there. Through an interview held during his stay by local Argentinian art magazine, ramona (*for article in Spanish, see below link), Ignacio shared details of his residency work with AIR 3331. Currently he is planning on calling over Japanese artists he connected with during his stay to hold a group-show in Buenos Aires. No doubt, Ignacio will keep pushing cultural boundaries with his personal history, to be expanded into stronger connections made between Argentinia and Japan through art. AIR 3331 looks forward to supporting Ignacio's future endeavors!

*ramona interview article:

We hope the creativity of our past participants will inspire some ideas for your project proposal to AIR 3331!
Period: January 2018 - March 2019 (1-3 months per residency)
Deadline: March 30, 2018

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[AIR 3331 Open Call] Applications Now Open for May 2018 - March 2019!!

January 22, 2018 / Open Residence / AIR3331

[AIR 3331 Open Call] Applications Now Open for May 2018 - March 2019!!
An Open Residency for Creators Seeking Both Super-Urban Tokyo and Its Local Charms

Envision your project becoming part of Tokyo's buzzing excitement, while discovering the uniqueness at its corners. AIR 3331 offers exactly this mix of urban and local Tokyo. Applications are now open for all fields of researchers and creators to join our open residence for the period of May 2018 - March 2019! What will your project be in Tokyo?
At both a large and local scale, AIR 3331 offers opportunity to all fields of artists, curators and researchers to engage with Japan's most major art scene, while uncovering one-of-a-kind cultural treasures. With either a private studio situated within 3331 Arts Chiyoda, a junior high school repurposed as an art center (at the center of Akihabara/Kanda), or the shared studio plan in the nearby historical book district, participants can become active and freely develop their work across Tokyo's communities.
In order to boost your project, AIR 3331 seeks to build bridges between creators and the community, offering support by experienced international coordinators. We help with a range of services including event coordination, translation, networking, and sharing information.* We are enthusiastic supporters, watching your residency experience grow into new knowledge and value for both you and our community. AIR 3331 eagerly awaits you in Tokyo!

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Residency Period: May 1, 2018 to March 29, 2019

Residency Length: 1-3 months**
Facility Details: here
Fee Details: here
Support Details: here

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DEADLINE: March 30, 2018
Notification of acceptance: Early April, 2018 (Notification date may change based on applicant numbers)
Please submit the materials below to [residence(at)] 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.

AIR 3331 Open Call (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
*There are services included in the base program fee and optional support/space options at an additional fee.
**Calculated in 4-week increments.

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