Metod Blejec

Residency Program

Research Residency Program

update: 2019.11.7

Metod Blejec

Participating ProjectResearch Residency Program                      
Activity BasedUnited Kingdom
Period2013.1 - 2013.2
Purpose of the residency

The "Every Nail Counts" (working title) is a project exploring notions of conformity and stereotypes. This cultural research will focus on young Japanese creatives through a saying 出る杭は打たれる / 'deru kui wa utareru' / 'the nail that sticks out gets hammered down'. With the cooperation with the focus group I will generate a visual statement in the style of illustrated inforgraphics. As a multidisciplinary artist I am interested in effects of societal messages, and with a track record of using these messages as the basis of my practice, I am to investigate a specific segment of Japanese culture through the above saying.

Plan during the residency

My research and activities plan is several fold:
1) To research on Japanese traditions of conformity and stereotypes amongst young creatives. The research starting point is an old Japanese proverb: "Every nail that sticks out gets hammered down (出る杭は打たれる), and shall produce a series of graphic illustrations in the style of infographics. 2) To organize several Walk&Talks - a participatory engaging format - across Tokyo. This format will engage participants in learning about the Japanese culture, share thoughts and ideas, network, and engage in cross-cultural exchange and dialogue.
3) To organize several documentary screening nights on relevant social issues and debate on them.

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