3 participants have been selected for the Project to Support the Nurturing of Media Arts Creators 2017

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 July 14, 2016 to September 19, 2017 we have received 169 application from 51 different countries from young creators around the world. Creators selected by the members of the Selection Committee will reside in Tokyo from mid-January until mid-March 2018. 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.


Invited Creators



Artist in residence period: January 12 to March 12, 2018
Born in Mexico, 1987. Painter, comic artist. Since 2011, after graduating from the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving La Esmeralda, he has been self-publishing his comic works. In November 2014 he participated in an artist residence in La Maison des Auteurs in Angouleme, France. His works are based on the history of violence and catastrophe seen in his native country, Mexico. http://apolocacho.tumblr.com/
Summary of project

© Apolo Cacho

“The reinvention of Mexico”: The artist will create a manga style work that depicts the history and inconsistencies of society surround the violence and catastrophe of Mexico, bringing out the creative possibilities through the Aztec culture that existed in Tenochtitlán, which was the capital of the empire during the 14th through 16th centuries before it was lost to destruction. During his residency, Cacho will incorporate Japanese manga styles, from which his practice is derived, and explore new possibilities in the genre through expressing his Mexican roots.


Artist in residence period: January 12 to March 12, 2018
Born in Belgium, 1990. Animation artist. Studied animation at the EMCA in France and the Royal College of Art in London. The films she created as a student has been screened at over 30 film festivals worldwide. Her work is focused on people, social inequalities and injustices in today's society. http://www.sophiemarka.com/
Summary of project

© Sophie Markatatos

“The Fork Revolution”: An animation depicting the friendship between three very different female characters, and their quest to more justice towards women in a patriarchal society. In this animation created with oil pastels and digital elements, the three protagonists poke indelible holes, at times humorously, in men who are oppressive towards women.

Zoyander STREET

(United Kingdom)
Artist in residence period: January 25 to March 25, 2018
Born in the UK, 1987. Cultural researcher and media artist. Zoyander studied at Cambridge University, the Royal College of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and is currently a PhD student at Lancaster University. He analyzes sociotechnical systems through the semiotics and history of games and interactive media. http://www.zoyander.cc
Summary of project

© Zoyander Street

"Videogame portraiture salon": oral history interviews will be carried out with LGBTQ+ artists and activists. The testimonies that arise from these interviews will be dynamically arranged into short, dialogical interactive works. This is an attempt to create a playful and emotive form of interactive documentary.