Residency Program for Overseas Media Arts Creators 2016

3 participants have been selected for the Project to Support the Nurturing of Media Arts Creators

It is an initiative by the Agency for Cultural Affairs that provides practical support to young artists for their creative activities, and also invites artists from overseas for an artist in residence program.
In the application period from June 13, 2016 to August 19, 2016 we have received 170 application from 55 different countries from young creators around the world. Creators selected by the members of the Selection Committee will reside in Tokyo from mid-December until mid-March. During this period, beside working on the their new work, they will also participate in a variety of exchange programs, screenings, training courses, visits to creator’s studios, educational institutions, etc.

Artist in residence period: December 17, 2016 to March 10, 2017

ivan01Born in Brazil in 1978, currently lives and works in the Netherlands.
He creates multimedia installations that examine living systems. 
In his work he explores hybrids of nature and technological culture, creating new forms of communication between humans and other living organisms. He considers nature a source of inspiration and a necessary factor in the development of the world.  
Summary of project
ivan02“MICROSCOPIC CHAMBER”: Using the idea from the piece that combined lasers and ecosystems inside drops of water to project images of microorganisms onto the wall, created at the bio art residency which the artist participated in New York in 2013, as an advanced version of this past project, he will be working on a piece utilizing hologram technology, an industry in which Japan takes the lead, in order to create three-dimensional floating images of microorganisms. By using holograms that can be sterically perceived to show microorganisms, the piece gives us an intuitive understanding of the invisible ecological world and environment around us.

©Ivan Henriques


Artist in residence period: January 20, 2017 to March 10, 2017

olesya01Born in Russia. Animation artist, illustrator. Studied at the St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television and La Poudrière Animation Film School. Based between France and Russia where she works. Combining drama and humor, she uses the medium of animation to materialize her ideas.

Summary of project
olesya02“LETTERS”: An animation telling the story of two mailmen and a couple that lives in two different cities. The two mailmen one day begin to read the letters and slowly become involved in the romance between the couple. Eventually, the letters begin to only go between the two mailmen and a fictitious exchange begins unbeknownst to the couple.The theme here is “Truth and Lies, Fantasy and Relationships”, and how far we will allow ourselves to be led by lies when we need something to hold onto.


Sougwen CHUNG

Artist in residence period: January 20, 2017 to March 10, 2017

sougwen01Born in Canada, raised in China, currently in New York. Artist and Research Affiliate at MIT Media Lab. She investigates hand drawn marks and machine-made marks as an approach to understand the interaction between humans and computers. Her work has been shown in many places such as the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva, National Art Center, Tokyo, New Museum (New York) among others. It has also been featured in The New Yorker, and the Tribeca Film Festival.    
Summary of project
 sougwen02“Drawing Operations Unit: Generation 2, COLLECTIVE MEMORY”: Developing off of “Generation 1”, the goal of this project is to create a “collective memory of drawing” from a collaboration between the participant and robot. It creates drawings influenced from a variety of things and people, based on deep learning processes and neutral processes such as algorithms on ancient and contemporary drawing methods.
©Created on the occasion of the exhibition: NEW INC Showcase at Red Bull Studios New York July 2015. Photo: courtesy of Drew Gurian / Red Bull Content Pool