|Research Residency Program
|2016.9 - 2016.9
The purpose of my participation in this program is to investigate, research, and immerse myself in media art and digital culture in Tokyo. During my residency I will create a website entitled "Tokyo Window Sessions" featuring research, curatorial activities, and other experiences.
In creating a web-based project I aim to bring media art communities in the U.S. and Japan closer together. Despite the U.S. and Japan's passion for contemporary art and digital culture, their intersection via research, experimentation, and exhibitions, remains limited.
I view the residency as a way to expand my cultural knowledge outside of western art-world narratives and methodologies. Accordingly, the residency will also inspire my future curatorial endeavors, potentially leading to variations of the project in other locations.
Each week during the residency I will produce a webpage containing my research, curatorial activities, and other experiences surrounding media art and digital culture in Tokyo. The website, entitled "Tokyo Window Sessions," will feature artist interviews, surveys of art exhibitions and collections, essays, and an online exhibition. My experiences in Tokyo will also be documented online through photography, video, web graphics, drawings, and other ephemera. The webpages, functioning as "windows", will serve as an alternative archive, documenting not only emergent media art but also the culture that surrounds and influences it. In weaving together research, curatorial activities, and personal documentation, I perceive each window as comparable to a jazz session, where content is improvisational and spontaneous, but nonetheless constructive and critical.