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ZAO EXPO’22

藏王駐村博’22 主視覺
Deadline 2022.01.31
Results Available Date End of March, 2022
Website ZAO EXPO’22 Website
More About Residency Togatta Residence 044(TR-044)
Togatta Hot-Spring is located at the foot of Mt. Zao, which was opened before the Edo period. It has undergone various developments over its more than 400 years of history.

This small hot spring resort is characterized by being both a tourist destination and a place where local residents live, a town where life and tourism coexist.The COVID-19, which was occurred in 2019, has brought out the exclusivity and closeness that are often associated with the countryside, and such aspects have been highlighted in the last two years. However, the culture that has been created from the opening of the baths to the present day has been brought in and nurtured by travellers, hasn't it?

A hot spring, a therapeutic bath, "Kokeshi" by a woodworker, a lodging town to visit Zao, a flourishing flower town, and culture, industry, and business accompanying it are born, and it reaches to the present.
If we trace back the roots of the people who are indigenous to this area, we can see that they were also travellers.

At the EXPO, we will reconsider the nature of the community in the countryside by realizing that "culture is something that is created within the land" and that "neither outside nor inside has anything to do with it".



/Conditions for application
-Applicants must like "hot springs".
-Currently active (any genre).
-Any age or nationality is acceptable.
-The applicant must be able to do everything related to production and daily life on his/her own.
-Understand the purpose of the Togatta Residence and the purpose of the residency, and be able to carry out activities.
-Ability to actively interact and engage with local elementary and junior high school students.
-The artist must be able to actively participate in events organized by the local community and the secretariat, and interact with local residents, people in the shopping district, and the Kokeshi Dolls Artisans Association.

In addition to creating artworks, artists are expected to carry out the following programs during their stay:
-Presentation of the results of the work or presentation of the work in progress (work-in-progress).
-Open studio style production open to the public during the residency period.
The above and independent projects can be held upon coordination with the organizer.

/Costs and Support
-Subsidy for round-trip transportation from the departure point to Togatta
(domestic limit: 30,000 yen / overseas limit: none).
-Subsidy for production and material costs (fully subsidized).
-Stay expenses (free of charge).
-One day bathing at a public hot-spring or nearby hotel (free of charge).
-Admission to the Miyagi Zao Kokeshi Dolls Museum (free of charge).
-Interaction with local residents, research support.
-Dissemination of information on activities before and after the residency period.
Duration 2 weeks to 2 months from August 1, 2022 to October 31, 2022 (to be determined upon individual arrangement)
Fields and Media Comic, Craft, Cultural Heritage, Independent Curator, Literature, Movie and Pop Music, Other, Performance Art, Visual Art
Funding Subsidy for round-trip transportation from the departure point to Togatta (domestic limit: 30,000 yen / overseas limit: none) . Subsidy for production and material costs (fully subsidized).
Provided by Host Stay expenses (free of charge)
How to Apply Apply via website
Selection Procedure Application Period: December 1,2021 - January 31, 2022 Preliminary selection (review): February 1 - February 15, 2022 Secondary selection (interviews): February 16 - March 25, 2022 Notification of decision: End of March 2022 (tentative)
Expected Outcome Anything OK