Deadline: 15/04/2019

Japan: Art & Design Tour and Residency

Japan: Art & Design Tour and Residency.

Japan: Art & Design Tour and Residency
Program Overview
From the urban city of Tokyo, which is the largest megalopolis in the world, to traditional towns and villages, Japan is the muse in this interdisciplinary investigation and experience. We investigate identity and place to study concepts of ‘designer as author’. This immersion in Japanese culture will explore the local, native and indigenous such as religion, traditions, festivities, cuisine and the constructed environment while we also examine it’s history, art, architecture, the natural world, and modern culture transformed from the Edo period to today.

What's Included?

  • 14 days of hotel accommodations [based on group occupancy] *Rooms are shared with other guests unless you request and pay for a private room. 

  • All breakfasts [excluding independent travel days]

  • All lunches [excluding independent travel days] 

  • All dinners [excluding independent travel days]

  • Airport pickup and drop-off for arrival and return flights [Flight not included in price.]

  • Map and Travel Guide 

  • Three credits for all University students, no pre-requisites required if course approved by your university

All workshop fees and supplies are purchased independently. Each course has a different lab fee that will be communicated in advance.

Course Outline
As strangers meet a new friend and learn their story over time, each individual will respond to one’s own experience in place as familiarity turns one from a stranger to a visitor and sometimes tourist. Responding to this experience by documenting thru written word, thru the lens of a camera, or on the pages of a sketchbook as well as the collection of artifacts creates each individual story as an author in and of place that will be transformed into a visual narrative. Steeped in the art of travel, participants will walk as a creative tool, not unlike the Haiku master Basho, a wandering poet who made traveling central to his life. Emphasis on the art and experience of travel may occur during examining the historical representation of travel from the art of Ukiyo-e in the Edo period to participation in contemporary travel riding on Japan’s amazing infrastructure of trains. No prior experience in travel, design or other art-making is expected. Each participant will receive one-on-one coaching from the instructor in ways to best approach documenting one’s experience and transforming that into your visual narrative which could take the form of a series of maps, a field guide, a magazine or book, a formatted blog, or other art forms that may require more time after the experience. Expect daily prompts, regular discussions, and reflection time.

Day 00
May 14th
Departure from home country.

Day 01
May 15th
Arrive in Tokyo.Airport transport, Group dinner, Orientation, Night photography

Day 02
May 16th
Exploring Tokyo, History and Culture. Museum and cultural heritage sites

Day 03
May 17th
Architecture and Pop Culture. Then & now.Harajuku visit, Museum and cultural heritage sites

Day 04
May 18th
Festivals & Traditions.Asakusa. Sanja Matsuri (festival), Parade, Free time

Day 05
May 19th
Festivals & Traditions. Contrast with Contemporary Entertainment. Kanda Matsuri, Matinee in Shinjuku, Night photography

Day 06
May 20th
Contrasts. Slow Pace. Quiet Traditions. Workshop in Takayama.Return to Asakusa,Cultural heritage sites

Day 07
May 21st
Takayama. Hida Takayama Musem of art, Fabric store visits, Night photography

Day 08
May 22nd
Traditions.Food and culture walking tour

Day 09
May 23rd
Exploring the Region.
Shirakawago.Creative projects, Tea and dessert

Day 10
May 24th
Matsumoto. Explore the castle, Independent project, Museum and cultural heritage sites 

Day 11
May 25th
Urasa. Immerse in nature. Write, draw, organize photos and more for independent project 

Day 12
May 26th
Immerse in nature. Write, draw, organize photos and more for independent project, Return to Tokyo.

Day 13
May 27th
Shinkansen.Free day, Farewell dinner

Day 14
*Note this schedule is subject to change due to local weather, force majeure or new opportunities that better suit the needs of the group. This will help you get an accurate picture of what your experience will be like.

May 28th
Transport to Airport using JR pass

Disciplines, work equipment, and assistance
All Disciplines are welcome including architecture, music, painting, drawing, sculpture fibers etc. 

We stay at a a home/ hotel in Tokyo traveling to cities around the region. Rooms are shared with another guest. 

Many artists work at the hotel, and n the city at large while exploring the city. We will not have studio space encouraging people to work throughout the day as a process.  

Fees and support
$3,900  covers all food, housing, in-country transport, day-trips, and international health insurance 

Expectations towards the artist
We expect artists to engage with the community at large, sharing work, making work and bring their passion, enthusiasm, thoughts, and ideas to the AIP group. We expect people to make the most of the experience, and to work hard, while enjoying themselves while maintaining a growth mindset and positive attitude. 

Application information
Our application is simple. Fill out your personal information, interest in the residency, and what kind of work you intend to make. 

Japan: Art & Design Tour and Residency

Japan: Art & Design Tour and Residency


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