Photo Credit: Ze Wei

Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio - International Open Call 2021, swimming in AIR (remote online residency)

We can’t move from our habitual place again this year but we can release a kite to the sky and let it fly.
“The name of the thing is octopus and the squid in my hometown”
This is a haiku composed in Tokyo(Edo) in 1675 by a poet from Kyoto, Shintoku Ito. The kite-flying, which was called “squid climbing” in Kyoto, was written in response to being called “octopus” in Edo and it points out that the name of the thing was changed in another land. The Shogunate banned kite-flying naming it “squid climbing”, and to circumvent this ban the common people who loved flying kites nicknamed it “octopus” instead of “squid”. I thought this haiku describes the spirit of those common people, their irony, wit and sense of seeking fun. The generations that came after them were probably equally enigmatic, and that goes for the present generation too.
I see them as kindred spirits to the artists who do not give up the movement (= transformation). Although we are in the midst of a pandemic that has entered its second year, a kite may still fly gently through turbulent winds blown by the complicated history of the multiple ethnic groups that originated in Sapporo/Hokkaido. With skillful hands lifting and balancing in AIR, (“Artist in Residence” and “air of the atmosphere”) a kite can soar and I’m excited to see it. It is joyful and it can heal the fatigue that everyone has accumulated during the pandemic. We may face another constraint but we can cope through creativity, that’s the real pleasure of managing AIR. It might remind us of people going out with their kites ready for take-off and then a scene unfolds where the kites fill up the sky. These are sketches from my imagination that can be reflected in possible works from artists, project proposals and the direction of the program coordination. In any situation, AIR is a platform of creative activities and keeps a hold on the liberty to soar.
*City of Sapporo had announced since 2020 summer that Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio can not accept any artists who are based in the abroad until in which time Japanese government will allow any international tourists to enter Japan freely, so that International Open Call AIR Program has taken a new format of AIR, a remote online residency as well as 2020-2021 winter so far.

◼︎ Place of activity:
The base city of artist’s activities, the country of artist’s residence within the permitted range of movement
Some virtual places in Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio, and Hokkaido (art spaces, AIR and an artist’s studio ) at the remote online residency

■ Number of artists: 2 (people or groups) artists who are mainly in visual arts field

■ Contact
Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio International Open Call AIR Program
TEL: 011-820-2140 (Thu~Sun)10:00-20:00 (Japan standard time)
Duration 60 days / Augst 31 (Tue), 2021 to October 29 (Fri), 2021
Fields and Media Visual Art
Funding 1 ) 300,000 yen budget for 60 days living and activity. 2 ) 100,000 yen budget for a part of the production. 3 ) Presentation at the end result budget, up to 100,000 yen.
Provided by Host 1 ) Letter of invitation from SAPPORO TENJINYAMA ART STUDIO. 2 ) Coordination including interpretation and translation during the program period. 3 ) Interactive coaching from the selection committee. 4 ) Technical assistant for realizing artworks/projects. 5 ) Specialized advice to manage own physical and mental health and prevent the spread of novel coronavirus infection.
Costs Be able to find the best space (for your temporary stay and work) during the residency period in your moveable area, in the city, in the country or in the region. Any expenses exceeding the support must be covered by the artist.
How to Apply Please complete the following online application forms. You will be asked to upload the data (personal ID, portfolio, etc) there. After sending the online application form, applicants will receive an automatic response indicating reception of the online forms. If you do not receive it, please contact us. Online form URL
Selection Procedure SAPPORO TENJINYAMA ART STUDIO Open Call Selection Committee, consisting of internationally recognized artists in Hokkaido and the director of SAPPORO TENJINYAMA ART STUDIO, selects the artists based on the application forms and the portfolios submitted. During the selection, interviews may be conducted online.
Expected Outcome 1)Be able to cooperate for the program and public relation of AIR during the invited period. 2)Be able to cooperate for the research archive during the period. 3)Be able to participate in events in the local communities such as exchange programs and artist talks. 4)Present their result in some kind of format, for instance as an exhibition, by the end of the program. 5 ) Be aware of your health and mental condition under COVID-19 situation.