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News from cooperated institutions: Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies / Res Artis General Meeting 2012 TOKYO Japan will be held in the autumn of 2012!

Artist Residencies are drawing attention as cultural institutions these days.
We are pleased to inform that Artist Residencies international conference, Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies / Res Artis General Meeting 2012 TOKYO will be held from October 26 to October 28.
For the first time in 14 years, the General Meeting of the worldwide network of artist residencies Res Artis will focus on Asia. With this region's rapid economic growth matched by an increasing attention on its artists, artist residencies take on greater significance. Allowing artists the time, space and often funding to create work in an atmosphere of international dialog and exchange, these programs also offer new possibilities for collaboration among museums, biennales, universities and municipalities throughout the world.  They provide artists with the means to help us all consider new visions of the future.  Bringing together speakers from around the globe to offer their perspectives, Res Artist 2012 Tokyo will consider how we can contribute to this vital interchange, assist the trans-national flow of ideas, further the mission and goals of art centers and support residency programs.

Registration has started on the web-site. 

Main theme "New Horizons for Creative Platforms, A Constellation of Cultures
-An Asia, Middle East and Global Network"

In the span of a few years, we have been forced to reconsider our world. The world after 9.11, the political uprisings in the Middle East and 3.11 in Japan.  As we enter the 21st century, we also are faced with an environmental crisis of overwhelming proportions, the collapse of economic systems and the collision between East and West. 
There is no way that such agendas and art are unrelated. As ideal breeding ground for intercultural dialogue and the production of new ways of approaching our world, residencies have an important role to play in opening up exciting possibilities and glimpses of new horizons. With this Conference, we will discuss these compelling issues with cultural leaders throughout the world.
We also aim to use this opportunity to consider the role of institutions in Asia and the Middle East - regions where cultural currents are rapidly forming and collaborating and networking can create great impacts. Asian residencies, in particular, need to consider their cultural strength. Cooperation here is not based on a single, unifying system or set of values; it is an approach that recognizes and embraces differences. Just as a star exists as an individual entity within a constellation, we will explore how new cultural constellations can be formed by single stars united through collaboration and how global networks can help facilitate this goal.

Date 2012/10/26 (Fri.) -28 (Sun.), Registration on 10/25 (Thu.) and Excursion on 10/29 (Mon.)-30(Tue.) 
Main venues U Thant International Conference Hall (United Nations University), Tokyo Women's Plaza
Organizer Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan(tentative), Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Res Artis General Meeting 2012 TOKYO Japan Committee
Co-organizer United Nations University and the others (tentative)


→For details, please refer to the website of the Res Artis General Meeting 2012 Tokyo