Submission deadline: 30-04-2019

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People traveling out of Edo – or Tokyo, as it is known today – would first cross the Edogawa River and find themselves in Matsudo. The city has also served as an important transit point for people heading to Edo/Tokyo from places outside the city, including Narita Airport. Over the centuries, it seems that this unique geographical trait fostered a warm-hearted and open-minded spirit in Matsudo, a spirit that embraces the comings and goings of others. It is in such an environment that PARADISE AIR runs its residency programs, which invite artists, curators, researchers and other bright minds from across the globe. Its six years of activity have seen a wealth of artistic activities and experiences occur right here in the city of Matsudo.

This year, the organisers have invited Futoshi Hoshino as the programme’s guest researcher, who will be accompanying the artists on their residency. The theme of the open call is “Unknown Pleasures”. Also, the term of the residency will be divided into two parts – Research and Creation – which will hopefully offer artists a chance to observe and engage with the city in more depth.

Applicants must meet the following conditions:

    Enjoy engaging in dialogues with the town

    Currently live and work as an artist (including not only artist’s creative activity and research but also lectures and symposiums given by concerned ones)

    Be willing and able to engage in genuine cultural exchange with regional artists and local residents during the term of residency

    Have a desire to connect with local residents and conduct regular fieldwork and/or interviews

    Be in good physical and mental health

    Have flexibility regarding program scheduling, rules, and administration.

    Be able to conduct everyday life in Japanese and/or English

    Applicants may plan to work collaboratively with an artist in the Matsudo region if they wish

Costs covered:

    Round trip transportation from the artist’s home to Matsudo

    Residence at PARADISE AIR

    Up to ¥200,000 for production costs, to be decided via project proposal.

    Daily stipend of ¥3,000

    Costs associated with local talks, performances, etc.

    Costs of transporting works of art created during the program.

    Local support for activities and product of work

    Costs associated with advertisement and promotion