Deadline: 22/04/2018


PARADISE AIR is now having OPEN CALL for its three month residency program in Matsudo, Japan.

PARADISE AIR LONGSTAY Program 2018 Open Call Summary

[1. Application Overview]
   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, for example Narita Airport. Over the centuries, it seems that this unique geographical trait fostered a warmhearted 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 has held its LONGSTAY Program ‒ now in its sixth year ‒ which annually invites artists from overseas to stay for a three-month residency.

 To bolster the residency program’s appeal and its capacity to accommodate yet more radical and ambitious practices, this year we are opening our doors to Japanese and overseas applicants alike ‒ and not only to artists, but to curators, researchers and others.

 The final product need not have a tangible form. Applicants are requested to contemplate the set theme and submit a plan that engages with the time and space of Matsudo’s real-life setting, making the most of the resources offered by the city. We look forward to welcoming in Matsudo multiple individuals (or groups) with broad knowledge and interests, from different corners of the world.

[2. Program Theme]
In Matsudo, you will come across reeds swaying in the wind on the shoals and banks of the Edogawa and Sakagawa rivers. The 17th-century mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal, who died at the young age of 39, compared human beings to the humble reed, in his judgment the weakest in nature. “Man is but a reed,” Pascal powerfully asserts, “… but he is a thinking reed.” One can observe in these words his tremendous faith in the faculty of thought and in humankind, the beings endowed with such a faculty. Looking back, however, over the grim course of history since Pascal’s times, we are reminded of enlightenment philosophy’s negative repercussions. These words of Pascal are always steeped in danger; nevertheless, we choose to think, and to take on what that may entail.

It is not compulsory for residents on PARADISE AIR’s LONGSTAY Program to produce artworks or hold exhibitions during their stay. We only ask that they share their unconstrained way of thinking with the people living their everyday lives in Matsudo. Those who explore and express their thinking through physical media, such as painting and sculpture, are of course equally welcome.

Arata Hasegawa (Guest curator)

[3. Schedule]
Application Period : Wednesday, March 14th ‒ Sunday, April 22nd 2018

Annoucement of the result (officially): by the end of July. 2018
Term of Residence : Saturday, September 1st ‒ Wednesday, November 28th 2018 (Approx. 3 months)
Program Outline: TBD

Sep. 1 (Sat) Arrival in Japan
Sep. 4 (Tue) Meeting to discuss artists’ plan
Sep. 8 (Sat) Self-Introduction Artist Talk for locals
Sep. 15 (Sat) ‒ 16 (Sun) Open Studio / Artist Talk
Early October Studio Visit by the guest curator
Nov. 17 (Sat). 18 (Sun) Report Presentation about the stay
Nov. 28 (Wed) Departure from Japan *There will be a meeting, fortnightly.

[4. Support]
PARADISE AIR supports the artists/art groups finacially and technically as follows ‒

- Round trip transportation from the artist’s home to Matsudo
- Accommodation at the PARADISE AIR residency ( )
- Up to JPY200,000 for production costs, to be decided via project proposal
- Daily stipend of JPY3,000/day * 90days = JPY270,000
- Costs associated with local talks, performances, exhibitions etc.
- Costs of transporting works of art created during the program
- Local support for activities and the production of works
- Costs associated with advertisement and promotions

[5. Application Details]
There are three steps in application process.

Please fill in the following form to enroll for the selection process. (in English or Japanese)

Please download a folder below, fill in it, then add each materials. (in English or Japanese)

Name the folder “sent date (YYYYMMDD)_yourname” (e.g.20180320_PARADISE-AIR)
Storage below Application Materials into folders A~C (data limit: 10MB for total)
Upload folder data at file share services such as Dropbox, WeTransfer, GoogleDrive etc.

Please submit a link(STEP 2) to the below email address. 
Please note that direct attachments to an email will not be accepted.

Email Address :
Title: PAIR2018_your artist name

[Application Materials] into each folders A to C

A: Application Form
Please complete the Form in full. It can be downloaded via the following link.

B: Portfolio
Submitted your portfolio (within 3 works) will be viewed in the size of A4 (210×297 mm).
For video and/or music works, please upload the data at Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud and so on, then note the URL at your portfolio and email of STEP 3. For video works, you can submit 2 at maximum.

When you upload private video on the internet, please make sure to set the password as 'PARADISE'.
*You cannot submit the original data via e-mail.

C: Passport
A copy of your passport or identification card* 
*Identification page of passport, or other official identification document with your name and a photo
*For artist group, we require copies of all the members

For more details, visit our official website.
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