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Virtual360 Konnect | Emerging Arts Leaders Residency Series

A virtual cultural exchange opportunity for early career artists and art professionals in ASEAN nations and the Republic of Korea

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
5 Aug - 31 Dec 2020 Valentina RICCARDI Culture Department culture360.ASEF.org Culture



Venue:
Online on culture360.ASEF.org

Photos VR360-small 

The concept of cultural exchange in the time of physical distancing and restricted mobility has emerged as the key question and challenge in 2020. In response, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the ASEAN Foundation are launching a new and innovative format to adapt to the current environment and rallying their communities to co-create online.

 

Overview

ASEF through its arts website culture360.ASEF.org with the support of KONNECT ASEAN, an ASEAN Foundation arts and cultural programme funded by the Republic of Korea, are pleased to invite proposals for a new virtual residency series and online capacity building to support cultural exchange amongst emerging artists and cultural practitioners across all arts disciplines from the ASEAN region and the Republic of Korea. Each residency will pair 2 participants (one ASEAN national and one Republic of Korea national) who will collaborate online for a period of one month. The result will be one jointly written article and one podcast or video interview published on culture360.ASEF.org.

 

About the partners

KONNECT ASEAN aims to support regionalarts practices through different platforms: exhibitions, community outreach, workshops, printed and digital documentation, and more. In doing so, KONNECT ASEAN aims to achieve three primary outcomes. First, to encourage dialogue about contemporary issues ranging from the social and the regional to the political and the environmental. Second, to further     historical discourse on what constitutes an ASEAN artistic identity and aesthetic. And last but not least, to build cooperation across groups in government, business, and civil society in the arts and culturalsectors.  

ASEF promotes understanding, strengthens relationships and facilitates cooperation among the people, institutions and organisations of Asia and Europe.

culture360.ASEF.org is an online platform managed by ASEF since 2008. It counts over 280,000 unique visitors yearly and offers up-to-date information on arts, culture, and heritage from 51 countries in Asia and Europe. Publically funded by the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)[1], culture360.ASEF.orgis for artists, cultural professionals, policy makers, and anyone interested in international cultural cooperation. Virtual360 Konnect is part of the Arts Journalism Matters series initiated in 2019 to encourage thriving arts media ecosystems in Asia and Europe.

 

About the Residency

Format:

  • Each pair will collaborate online over a period of one month
  • The theme of the collaboration is international cultural cooperation and cultural exchange in the COVID-19 era
  • Within this broad theme, each pair is free to focus on one or more arts disciplines e.g. visual arts, performing arts, music, film, interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral, etc.
  • Each pair will define and propose the topic of their residency
  • Each pair will write a joint article that will be published on culture360.ASEF.org (maximum 2,000 words)
  • Each pair will take part in a podcast or video interview about the collaborative process 

Fee: Each participant will be disbursed a fee of USD 500 to take part in the residency.

 

Eligibility criteria

  • National of an ASEAN Member State or of the Republic of Korea
  • Arts professional with 2 to 5 years’ experience in the arts sector
  • Excellent written and fluent spoken English (all communication and writing will be in English)
  • Preferably with some experience in writing journalistic style articles
  • We invite proposals submitted as a pair or as an individual. We will prioritise proposals from pairs including one national from ASEAN and one from Korea.

 

Requirements

  • Take part in the residency and work with another cultural professional to write a joint article
  • Submit weekly updates about the progress of the project through video clips and/or social media posts via the KONNECT ASEAN Facebook group pageand culture360 Instagram page
  • Prepare a joint article that will be published on culture360.ASEF.org
  • Take part in a podcast or video interview to document the process of the residency

 

Submission of proposals

We invite you to submit your proposal through this form and attach the required documents latest by 5 September 2020:

 

  

 

Selection Panel

A panel composed by one representative from ASEAN and one representative from ASEF will evaluate and select the proposals. Please note that only successful candidates will be notified latest by 21 September 2020.

 

Timeline

Open call for applications

5 August to 5 September 2020

Selection

7-18 September 2020

Announcement of selected participants

21 September 2020

Online residencies

28 Sept to 30 October 2020

Presentation of results and online activities

1 November to 4 December 2020

 

 


[1]1The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an intergovernmental process established in 1996 to foster dialogue and 1 cooperation between Asia and Europe. For more information, please visit www.ASEMinfoboard.org

 

Partners

  • KONNECT ASEAN
  • ASEAN Foundation

Project Updates

  •  

    The 20 residents are on full speed working together on their joint projects. After defining project plans, timelines, and a few hiccups in technology in week 1, all residents are now embarking on data collection and research including conducting online interviews and group discussions, experimenting on alternative online communication tools, and making art both offline and online.

     

    Dian Arumningtyas (Indonesia) & Kim Gahye (Korea) are working on ‘The Weekly Struggles’ a publication that aims to dig deeper into the negotiation strategies and methods that have been applied by art initiatives into their practice, and map out the contemporary arts practice in Gwangju, Korea and Bandung, Indonesia to promote collaboration and dialogue between the two cities.

     

    Charmaine Poh (Singapore) & June Chung (Korea), having been displaced from their found communities due to Covid-19, Charmaine and June used their lens-based and time-based practices on a joint project called ‘Bodies in Translation’ to create media fragments each week as a newfound ritual as a means of grounding. Their weekly prompts have looked at issues of both internal and external displacement, using emotion and affect as a starting point, before looking at online dwelling, private spaces, and cityscapes.

     

    Kathleen Ditzig (Singapore) & Soo Young Leam (Korea) are both researchers and curators currently working as assistant curators on an iterative exhibition commissioned by the Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Spring of Democracy, which mines the historical connections of solidarity between South Korea's democratisation and cultural production from Southeast Asia. Their residency collaboration ‘Spring[s] for Democracy’ examines specific moments that relate to Gwangju's Democratization Movement and South Korea's history of democratisation to Southeast Asia. This will culminate in a paper focusing on how the mutual gazing between South Korea and nations in Southeast Asia and the collective participation in world events in Southeast Asia will mine cultural history that point to potential solidarities that can emerge in a post #COVID19 world. They have since conducted various interviews with researchers and authors.

     

    Jade Park (Korea) & Theyvapaalan S Jayaratnam (Malaysia) collaborate on ‘Spirit of Rice’ where they draw parallels between the fermentation process of rice wine to the period of recovery during this pandemic. Is the fermentation process similar to our time in isolation, allowing us to reflect on our environment and engage in a meditative like introspection? These are some of the questions Jade & Paalan are working to answer!

     

    Micah Pinto (Philippines) & Minji Chun (Korea) are researching on ‘Rethinking Art Residencies in the Era of Pandemics’, an exploratory study on the concept of residencies in the era of pandemics and how collaborative artistic activities and creative experiences be realized online and offline. They have since experimented with online sticky notes with other participants as an alternative way of communication for online collaborations and virtual residencies!

     

    Nayoung Jeong (Korea) & Soe Yu Nwe (Myanmar) are passionate about ‘Bounded Women’a project that explores manifestation of cultural, physical and psychological restriction placed on women in Myanmar and Korea. The pair has discussed various subjects around femininity including plastic surgery, beauty standards, religion, patriarchy, and spiritual inferiority.

     

    Mac Andre Arboleda (Philippines) & Sarah Koo (Korea), a publisher-illustrator duo, are working on a zine called ‘Artists in Panic!’ that documentsthe state of the arts and culture amidst the pandemic. They believe this project is an urgent oneespecially at a time where people have been escaping to various forms of art (movies, music, video games) without knowing that the people behind these creations are at risk of disappearing.

     

    Joshua Eka Pramudya (Indonesia) & Benedikta Swasti Renaningtyas (Indonesia) are collaborating on research work on ‘Korean and ASEAN Artists: How do they survive in the midst of pandemic?’ They have been gathering information from several arts and cultural activists in ASEAN and Korea. By exchanging and sharing ideas, they hope to strengthen, support each other, and build hope together during this pandemic. They also plan to produce a performance video which will involve artists from various countries in ASEAN and Korea. Through this artwork, they aim to promote culture as a medium to strengthen communities and to hope for an end to the pandemic. This work will serve as a reminder that art, as a universal language, can unite various ethnic groups.

     

    Chloe Choi (Korea) & Faiq Airudin (Brunei Darussalam) are ‘Together, Wired’. They are discussing and creating a possible solution together to make people feel more grounded in the online environment. To kickstart this problem-solving project, they held a Zoom group discussion with their peers from Brunei, India, Korea, Guam, Singapore, and the US about feeling grounded online. Using the ideas and concepts that emerged from the group discussion, they have attempted to create an online space that improves on existing solutions. This solution allows users to interact with each other through movement and proximity along with their voice and video. It also allows for continued interaction, whether you talk to person A or B without having to move to a breakout room or rely solely on text.

     

    Robby Ocktavian (Indonesia) & Mi Seok Huh (Korea) decided to collaborate on ‘Dissecting Boundaries’ an online presentation of art, music and sound. They have been exploring how reinterpretation of traditional culture and its presence on online platforms can bring some discussions on hierarchies in representation and distribution. They have conducted artist interviews to see how they have been working online. Overall they are working towards creating an observation on how art can cope with the online landscape, and how access to material online affects representation and understanding of culture. There will be videos, also some short essays as the outputs.

    Learn more about the participants and their joint projects by following culture360_asef on Instagram!

     

  • ASEF through its arts website culture360.ASEF.org with the support of KONNECT ASEAN are excited to annouce the 20 emerging cultural leaders from Korea, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines and Singapore selected to take part in Virtual360 Konnect virtual residency series.

    The 20 selected participants will work in pairs online throughout the month of October. Each pair will collaborate on a joint idea and will document the process online, with weekly stories shared on culture360 Instagram page. Follow ASEFculture360 on Instagram to stay updated! 

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    Here is the list of the 10 pairs that will take part in the residency:

    • Dian Arumningtyas (Indonesia) & Kim Gahye (Korea)
    • Charmaine Poh (Singapore) & June Chung (Korea)
    • Kathleen Ditzig (Singapore) & Soo Young Leam (Korea)
    • Jade Park (Korea) & Theyvapaalan S Jayaratnam (Malaysia)
    • Micah Pinto (Philippines) & Minji Chun (Korea) 
    • Nayoung Jeong (Korea) & Soe Yu Nwe (Myanmar)
    • Mac Andre Arboleda (Philippines) & Sarah Koo (Korea)
    • Joshua Eka Pramudya (Indonesia) & Benedikta Swasti Renaningtyas (Indonesia) 
    • Chloe Choi (Korea) & Faiq Airudin (Brunei Darussalam)
    • Robby Ocktavian (Indonesia) & Mi Seok Huh (Korea)

     

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