Resident artists are selected in accordance with the project, which based on media technology in the field of contemporary art, performing arts and educational activities to explore the possibilities to create a new collaborative production through residency programs.
The Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, commonly known as YCAM, is an art center located in Yamaguchi City. Operating around a central axis defined by the pursuit of new artistic expression incorporating media technology, the center has been hosting a variety of events including exhibitions, performances, movie screenings, workshops for children, and artists residencies etc. since its opening. Through the artist-in-residence programs, YCAM aims at the creation of new artworks that break new ground in the field of art and media. The centers' environment and facilities can be utilized to the maximum extent, with artists staying and creating in the actual exhibition spaces. They strive to advance media technology, to enhance the creativity of art towards a changing society and culture, and to research the social and cultural role of the art center in the context of this dynamics.
Workshop, lecture, research, work.
YCAM undertakes a number of projects whose format adopts a research and development centered approach. The diversity of project topics runs the gamut from the human body to urban communities to the natural world, but regardless of their focus, all projects involve active collaboration between local residents and experts in relevant fields and are comprehensively overseen by centers' internal InterLab research and development team for their entire duration, from the initial studies and testing to final output, including manufacturing, workshop development, software/hardware development, paper presentation, and beyond.
Yamaguchi City is located in the westernmost part of mainland Japan. It is the center of prefectural politics, education, and culture. The city has a rich natural environment like the calm Seto inland sea, forests and canyons.