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The Start of a Microresidence Network

When we question what an artist in residence AIR is, we are faced with a challenge as we grasp for a concise summary. This is due to the vast range of different programs on offer and the multiple forms which AIR may take. But within this brimming bowl of diversity we would like to highlight a form of AIR which may be referred to under the term of “Microresidence”, small scale, independent residencies which keep the essence of AIR at their heart, the provision of time and space to artists to develop their practice as residents in a new environment.

This website www.microresidence.net acts as a platform through which to raise the visibility of microresidences and attempts to form a network between its members in the promotion of greater sharing and support, working towards the furtherment of AIR as social vessels. This network has come to emerge from a gathering of microresidence directors which took place in 2012 in Tokyo, and as of January 2014 each member takes an active role in the dissemination of microresidence activities.

Here we would like to assert the vital role of microresidences in the development of an artist’s creative production and in fostering even deeper ties between art and society. The residencies introduced here are just the tip of the iceberg of a global phenomenon, the strength of which we have yet to fully appreciate.

The members introduced through this website are microresidences from around the world who actively responded to a survey initiated in 2011 and who offered their positive participation in a microresidence program held in October/November 2012 at Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, the results of which can be seen in the link below.

The Start of a Microresidence Network When we question what an artist in residence AIR is, we are faced with a challenge as we grasp for a concise summary. This is due to the vast range of different programs on offer and the multiple forms which AIR may take. But within this brimming bowl of diversity we would like to highlight a form of AIR which may be referred to under the term of “Microresidence”, small scale, independent residencies which keep the essence of AIR at their heart, the provision of time and space to artists to develop their practice as residents in a new environment. This website www.microresidence.net acts as a platform through which to raise the visibility of microresidences and attempts to form a network between its members in the promotion of greater sharing and support, working towards the furtherment of AIR as social vessels. This network has come to emerge from a gathering of microresidence directors which took place in 2012 in Tokyo, and as of January 2014 each member takes an active role in the dissemination of microresidence activities. Here we would like to assert the vital role of microresidences in the development of an artist’s creative production and in fostering even deeper ties between art and society. The residencies introduced here are just the tip of the iceberg of a global phenomenon, the strength of which we have yet to fully appreciate. The members introduced through this website are microresidences from around the world who actively responded to a survey initiated in 2011 and who offered their positive participation in a microresidence program held in October/November 2012 at Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, the results of which can be seen in the link below.

http://www.youkobo.co.jp/microresidence/index_en.html

This is just the beginning of a cooperative network which we hope will continue to grow and form new dialogues, opportunities and collaborations for artists, art professionals and microresidencies themselves.