Tokyo Biennale 2020 project, “Social Dive”, starts its open call for overseas artists to join in
As an artist-in-residence program, participants will be offered accommodation in Tokyo during
their project period.
By staying and creating at the heart of Tokyo, this program offers artists the once in a lifetime
chance to present their resulting work as part of the Tokyo Biennale 2020.
Please find program details outlined below.
We look forward to receiving your applications!
Tokyo Biennale 2020 “Social Dive”
Application Guideline [September 2019]
Dive into Tokyo, Engage with the People!
Open Call for Artist-in-Residence Projects
General Non-Profit Incorporated Organization Tokyo Biennale Executive Office
“Social Dive” involves artists diving into the different areas of Tokyo as part of an art project
both the unique traditions, as well as new values held by the people who live there. The project
for artists whose
practice deals with socially engaged art through a wide spectrum of ideas and methods of
it be fine art, design, performance, media art, film, architecture, academic research, social
all fields are welcome.
Especially concerning overseas applicants, we wish to support projects that capture through a
lens the beauty of
Japanese traditions or the diversity existing in its contemporary culture; as well as the
artworks that shed
light on a universality existing on earth through the connections made between Tokyo localities
“Go Beyond! Dive in! Tokyo Biennale!”
What are we afraid of? What are we holding on to?
Change won’t wait for us. We have only now to go beyond. Things only keep changing, so we must
beyond memories, history, politics, school, rules, design, architecture, dance, fashion, games, the
media, yourself, and
of course, art!
Whatever awaits you in the unknown future, dive in like it’s your own life. Now is not the time to
fickle. Diving in
also means acceptance. Dive before looking, have the courage to take it all in. Dive into kindness,
education, local organizations, businesses, others’ perspectives, power, truth, gaps and crevices,
public – dive
into the city!
In order to make Tokyo’s social ecosystem change on its own, we must go beyond world views in each
respective field. We
must dive into new areas never before seen. The term “urban development” cannot exist without ties
culture. Using our social capital cultivated since the Edo period, it is essential that we make a
change towards a
society that builds and accumulates culture. The Tokyo Biennale is made to serve this exact role, to
create a new frame
that opens up the city of Tokyo.
Go beyond the narrow individualism of “me”, and dive into the unknown world of “us”!
Masato Nakamura (Tokyo Biennale 2020 General Director)