Residency program for Media Arts Creators

Residency program for Media Arts Creators

This residency program is part of the “Project to Support Nurturing of Media Arts Creators” organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (Bunka-cho). Emerging artists in Media Arts (Media Geijutsu in Japanese) around the world are invited to come and stay in Tokyo to create new works. Whether the works are media art, videos, games, animations, or manga, during their stay the artists will be able to experience Japanese Media Arts culture, with an additional opportunity to meet with Japanese creators to discuss their works. The aim of this program is not only to support the creation of significant works but also to stimulate cross-cultural dialogues through Media Arts. The duration of the residency is from January 12, 2018 - March 12, 2018 (60 days).

The following will be provided by the program:

  • Travel expenses
  • Living allowance
  • Travel insurance
  • Housing and workspace
  • Location in Tokyo
  • Assistance from an expert in the appropriate field
  • An opportunity to present the works at the end of the residency
  • Opportunities to meet Japanese creators

* No application fees are required, but the residents are responsible for the production expenses.

The applicants must:

  • be currently living outside of Japan and be a citizen of a country other than Japan.
  • have previously shown at international art festivals, film festivals, game shows, comic festivals, etc. Being awarded a prize or included in the Jury Selection at the Japan Media Arts Festival in the past will meet this criterion.
  • be between the ages of 20 and 35 (not definite, as applicant’s previous career will also be considered)
  • be able to speak either English or Japanese fluent enough to communicate in everyday situations.
  • be in good health.
  • be able to participate in remote interviews (i.e. have access to a computer with Skype connected to the internet).
  • have no criminal records.

Deadline for application is 19th September.  Please complete the application form, and upload of the following documents

  • Documents showing that the applicant’s previous works have been included in international art festivals, film festivals, game shows, comic festivals. If previous works have been awarded prizes or have been included in the Jury Selections of the Japan Media Arts Festival in the past, please verify with documents. Copies of a page from exhibition catalogs will suffice.
  • Documents or materials describing the proposed art work to be created in this program. Submission of detailed descriptions are recommended.
  • Documents providing information about birth date and citizenship. E.g. a copy of your ID page in your passport
  • A photocopy of a manually signed consent form
  • URL of websites where previous works can be viewed.