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AIR 3331 Artist Spotlight: Commuting Distance & Time in Tokyo with Yangwoo Kim

April 21, 2020 / Open Residence / AIR3331

Based steps away from Akihabara Station, the AIR 3331 Iwamotocho Studio - where artist Yangwoo Kim stayed and worked for 8 weeks - is one of the major epicenters for commuting in Tokyo. Documenting and visualizing the daily commutes of people in urban areas worldwide, Yangwoo brought the project "Commuting lives" from Seoul (South Korea - her hometown) to Johor Bahru (Malaysia) and Singapore, and then to Tokyo for the first time in summer 2019. Yangwoo's work has the trademark of connecting the dots of our contemporary urban experiences across distance and time into networks - we are in fact, not alone in our daily commute from point A to point B.
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As in her previous project locations, Yangwoo first called for local Tokyo volunteers with whom she would commute round-trip to work or school. Getting a first-hand experience of each volunteer's daily routine, she took video footage during their commutes and interviewed them at their home. In all, she collected data from 25 volunteers, the farthest commute distance being 88.2 km one way. From this information, she then constructed handmade maps and even transformed the colorful Google Maps routes into visual artforms such as 3D print sculptures.
For her final solo exhibition at the Iwamotocho Studio, Yangwoo held a screening event where visitors could view footage from commutes in Seoul, Johor Bahru/Singapore, and most current, from Tokyo. Two monitor screens at the entrance drew us into the commutes of individuals across Asia, in which we could glimpse something familiar in our patterns. Then once passing through the dark curtain, we entered a room showing footage from one of the locations as an all-encompassing wide view projection. For each day of the three-day exhibition, she rotated the footage by location, offering us something different each time. Through research and direct interaction with local people, Yangwoo tied together our daily experiences of living, moving, and working in the city that could be shared as visual art.
When asking Yangwoo about the future of her project, she plans to study the commutes of people across even more regions of Asia, where rapid urbanization of cities has led to high population densities. In 2020, she is planning to research the commutes of people in Bangkok, Thailand as her next target location. Yangwoo also allows us to take a piece of these commutes home with us as pens featuring her bright Google Maps pieces made through collaboration with a local Japanese family (Find these original pens here:
AIR 3331 is very pleased to have Tokyo on Yangwoo's map of "Commuting lives" and looks forward to her next commuting project.
Create your own project in Tokyo!
AIR 3331 OPEN CALL is now accepting.
Deadline: August 21, 2020 (*extended)
Residencies between: September 21 (Mon), 2020 - February 28 (Mon), 2022
Apply here >>>

[IMPORTANT] Notice of Temporary Closure Between April 25 - May 6, 2020

April 21, 2020 / Info

In accordance to the greater measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, 3331 Arts Chiyoda will be closed during the below period, which includes the Golden Week holiday.

Temporary Period of Closure : April 25 (Sat) - May 6 (Wed/Holiday), 2020
*Closed from April 24 (Fri) 19:00 / Open May 7 (Thu) 10:00 (Tentative)

In following the upcoming situation, the above period may be changed. Please find updated information on our home page.

All exhibitions and events planned during the above period will also be closed, canceled, or postponed. Please check the website and SNS of each gallery, exhibition, or event organizer for adjustments in periods or postponed dates.

Moreover, the 1F cafes, "COPAINS de 3331" and "STAR&OCEAN", are closed for the time being from April 20 (Mon).

Inquiries During the Temporary Closure
We apologize for the inconvenience, but during the temporary closure our office will not be available to answer inquiries by telephone. Although it may take us some time to respond, during the closure we ask that you send all inquiries to one of the below e-mail addresses.

[General Inquiries] info(at)
[Rental Space Inquiries] event(at)
[Press Inquiries] pr(at)
*When sending an e-mail, please change (at) to @.

We are sorry for any inconvenience we may have caused, but we greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation.


Inquiries on the Above Temporary Closure
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[Tel] 03-6803-2441(Rep.)

[FAX] 03-6803-2442

【Notice: AIR 3331 OPEN CALL Deadline Extended to August 21, 2020】

April 13, 2020 / Open Call

【Notice: AIR 3331 OPEN CALL Deadline Extended to August 21, 2020】
April 13, 2020 / AIR 3331 Team

Due to the current worldwide concerns surrounding COVID-19, AIR 3331 has decided to extend its open call deadline to August 21, 2020, in order to accept creators in a flexible manner during these unstable times. Rather than selecting from a final pool of applicants, we will be accepting on an ongoing basis, in which applicants will be reviewed and notified of the result within 1 week of the application date.

We apologize for the sudden adjustment, and greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation in advance.

We still look forward to having many creators join us in Tokyo from around the world with practices in all kinds of artistic expressions and disciplines.

Please read below for more information on AIR 3331 OPEN CALL.
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Are you interested in bringing your project to Tokyo's bustling urban setting while engaging with the local community of one of Japan's most unique alternative spaces? Then look no further than the artist in residence program, AIR 3331. Located in the electronics district of Akihabara and established by the art center, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, AIR 3331 is calling for participants across all fields and disciplines to stay, create, and present at the heart of Tokyo's art scene.

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When creators arrive at 3331, our team welcomes them into our art center based in a repurposed junior high school, made up of four floors that house community spaces, large-scale galleries, independent art galleries, creative offices, and an expansive rooftop with an organic garden.

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Residents are guided to their living quarters and shared studio (private studio plan is inside 3331) just a 20-minute walk away from 3331. Up to seven artists from across the globe work and live alongside one another in what is known as the Iwamotocho Residence & Studio only a few steps from Akihabara Station.

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From daily support to project and event planning, AIR 3331 coordinators are here to help make artists' creative goals a reality. We are eager to welcome you and your ideas into 3331 and Tokyo!

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Residencies between: September 21, 2020 to February 28, 2022
Residency Length:
Short-term - less than 1 month
Long-term - 1 - 3 months
Learn more >>>

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DEADLINE: August 21, 2020 (accepting by ongoing basis)
Notification of acceptance: within 1 week of date of application.

Please submit the materials below to [residence(at)] by the deadline.

Materials (up to 2MB)
(1) Application form
(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 Residence Program (Contact: Emily / Momoko)
3331 Arts Chiyoda
6-11-14 Sotokanda Chiyoda-ku Tokyo Japan 101-0021
TEL | +81 3 6803 2441
MAIL | residence(at)3331(dot)jp

[IMPORTANT] Change in opening hours and limitation on use of space due to declaration of national emergency (as of April 8, 2020)

April 8, 2020 / Info

Due to the declaration of national emergency, in accordance to preventing the spread of the COVID-19 disease, 3331 Arts Chiyoda will temporarily shorten its opening hours and restrict its areas of use. Updates on the center and its re-opening will be continually posted in consideration of the coming situation.

- Change in Opening Hours
The closing time will be shortened from 9 pm to 7 pm.
Furthermore, the center will close completely this weekend on April 11 (Sat) and April 12 (Sun).

- Changes to Exhibitions and Events
The current exhibition, "Early 90's TOKYO ART SQUAD", will be closed until April 12 (Sun).

For information on other exhibitions and events by galleries and organizations inside our center, please check the website or social media of each gallery or organizer.

- Closure of Free Space
The community space, family rest space, lounge, and other free spaces are currently closed.

- Cafe & Restaurant
The closing time of COPAINS de 3331 will be shortened from 8 pm to 7 pm.

- Shop
3331 CUBE shop&gallery will remain temporarily closed.

- Requests to Visitors
We ask those that fall under the following to refrain from visiting.

Those who:
- - have a fever.
- - have recently been examined or treated for fever or cold symptoms.
- - have traveled in the past 14 days to regions or nations with a growing spread of COVID-19.
- - are feeling even just a little unwell.

To all visitors, we ask the following:
▶︎In accordance to guidance of the Chiyoda City Public Health Center, we ask that you fill out and submit your personal information to us.
▶︎Please wear a mask when entering.
▶︎Please keep hands clean using alcohol sanitizer placed throughout the facility, or by using our public sinks to wash.
▶︎Due to measures taken for air circulation throughout the facility, the temperature inside may become cold.
Please wear layers or prepare necessary clothing when visiting.

- Inquiries
Due to the declaration of national emergency, it may take some time for us to respond to your inquiries through telephone, fax, or e-mail. We appreciate your understanding in advance.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Thank your for your understanding and cooperation.

3331 Arts Chiyoda

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