Residency Program

Local Emerging Creator Residency Program

update: 2023.12.27


Participating ProjectLocal Emerging Creator Residency Program
Activity BasedSapporo
City / Place stayedTokyo
Period2024.1 - 2024.3
Purpose of the residency

One of the symbols of the Tokyo landscape is the narrow alley (Ro-ji). In particular, in the alleys of downtown Tokyo, flowerpots and other objects placed by residents overhang public roads to create temporary gardens, where a unique ecosystem of artifacts (objects) and nature naturally interweave to form. There, a micro-symbolic system is developed through the arrangement and composition of objects placed haphazardly by the residents. Through the staying at TOKAS, the artist will conduct a "semiology of alleys," using alleys in downtown Tokyo, mainly in Sumida Ward, as the main motif to extract latent symbolic images in the ecosystem of objects on the streets.

Plan during the residency
  • Walking through the alleys of the downtown area of Sumida Ward, observing and photographing the streets
  • Creating drawings based on research photographs. Extracting symbolic images from the elements of the alley space
  • Examining Tokyo's alley spaces from architectural, vernacular, and historical perspectives
  • Through dialogue with the curators-in-residence and guests, examining the ecology of objects on the street and the symbolic systems latent therein

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