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OPEN CALL : 2022 Asia Culture Center International Residency

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2022-05-23

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OPEN CALL : 2022 Asia Culture Center International Residency
The Asia Culture Center (ACC) is pleased to announce an open call for artists, creators, and researchers across the world to participate in the 2022 ACC Residency(ACC_R) programs. The Asia Culture Center is an international organization of arts dedicated to the exchange of culture and arts that brings together the art and culture of Asia, innovative ideas, and beliefs to create new, future-oriented products. ACC Residency serves as a platform to support experts, researchers, and creators in various fields who push forward groundbreaking and future-oriented ideas that fuse artistic creativity and technology. We look forward to receiving applications from creators and researchers who wish to bring new visions and innovative suggestions in search of various possibilities of art.
1. Overview
  • Title: 2022 Asia Culture Center(ACC) Residency Open Call
  • Theme: Post-COVID-19 Era, Posthumanism
2022 ACC Residency focuses on “the post-COVID-19 era and post-humanism.” Now, the pandemic has become an experience that has no beginning and end. It gave us opportunities to reflect on problems facing humanity, such as climate change, the Anthropocene, international conflicts, racism, and new forms of exploitation, and to explore humanism suitable for the future society in the wake of rapid global digital transformation. Post-humanism, which started from expectations that humans can exist in a digitalized, extremely intellectualized form beyond the human body, is regarded as today’s human ontology and encourages us to dream of coevolution between humans and machines along with technological development and explores the ethics of human and non-human coexistence in the face of climate change.

This year’s ACC residency will offer a deep dive into aspects related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution and digital transformation coupled with a recent paradigm shift towards non-contact, for example, changes in the concept of labor and the relationship between humans and things (the post-human), and produce experimental artworks attending various issues raised during the pandemic. Calling for planetary coexistence and solidarity, we want to delve into and discuss what kind of post-humanism is needed in the post-pandemic era.
  • Residency period: Aug 2022 — Dec 2022 (5 months)
  • ※ Exhibition and showcase of the project: Early Dec 2022 — Feb 2023 (TBC)
  • Residency Venue: ACC Creation, Asia Plex Studio, Gwangju, Korea
  • Eligible applicants: Individuals/groups who have experience and potential and are actively involved in the following fields.
최종 합격자
Discipline Eligible Applicants Specific Genre
Art & Technology Artists, researchers, and engineers who can develop and undertake an art-and-technology-based project. Cutting-edge Technologies including convergence, arts, new media, engineering, biotech (AI, mixed reality, audiovisual, robotics, kinetics, NFT, virtual space)
Visual Arts Artists and collectives who can plan and undertake a creative activity/project that expands the genre in the field of visual arts All contemporary arts including painting, sculpture, photography, installations, video art, etc.
Design Artists, collectives, and curators who can plan and undertake a creative activity/project that expands the genre in the fields of design and practical arts Design (graphic design, product design), craft, architecture, and art and lifestyle (modeling for space, industry, and business)
Theater Creators/producers who can develop experimental performing arts focusing on contemporary Asia. All performing arts including dance, music, play, etc.
Dialogue Experts and academic researchers who conduct research on technique, theme, artists, and curating in the fields of humanities, art, and cultural studies Academic research, critique, planning, and curating in relation to humanities, sociology, philosophy, and natural science
< Eligibility details >
  • 3+ years of experience in the relative field
  • Publication of at least one thesis, critical essay, or book in recent 3 years (after Jan 1, 2019)
  • Those who can carry out advanced research on and write about their specialized field combining art and culture
  • Those who are not affiliated with any other organizations or businesses (until the date of application)
  • Eligibility
  • Individuals/groups capable of planning, producing, and undertaking a project in keeping with the nature and purposes of ACC, the residency programs, and the resulting exhibition.
  • For international applicants, good communication skills in Korean or English.
  • Foreign nationals with a visa valid for the period of participation in the residency.
2. Supports
최종 합격자
Category Creator Researcher
Art & Technology Visual Arts Design Theater Dialogue
Grant Maximum KRW2,000,000/month
Support fund for Project/research Maximum KRW 20,000,000 (for individuals),
Maximum KRW 50,000,000
(for group (maximum)
Maximum KRW 20,000,000 Maximum KRW 15,000,000 Maximum KRW 10,000,000
Workspace Shared room
(Asia Plex Studio)
Individual studio
(Asia Plex Studio)

Individual studio

(Labs in ACC)

Shared studio
(ACC Theater)

Individual studio

(Labs in ACC)

Accommodation (Only for non-Gwangju residents)

Individual studio
(Asia Plex Studio)

Designated Accommodation Designated Accommodation Designated Accommodation
Details about workspace *See Appendix * Accommodation: Asia Plex Studio (Gyeongyeol-ro 17beon-gil, Seo-gu, Gwangju) and other accommodations designated by ACC
* For designated accommodations, ACC is planning to rent places near ACC.
  • Participants will be provided with studios in ACC to develop convergent content and the initial stage of projects in various forms. (For performing arts, the ACC Theater equipment can be provided upon prior consultation.)
  • ※ ※ Participants can rent equipment owned by ACC upon prior consultation.
  • ※ Follow the link for more information about studios in ACC https://www.acc.go.kr/main/contents.do?PID=05050102
  • Project Expense includes costs of materials, rental, personnel, and presentation, and must be used only for the production of the project. The sum differs based on the review of the final proposal and budget plan and is adjustable depending on the assessment of the proposal.
  • No limits on the number of members in a group. However, the stipend will be given to two persons in a group, and the Project Expense per group.
  • One round trip airfare (economy class, only for international applicants)
  • ※ Korean staying abroad for one year or longer must submit proof documents (e.g., Certificate of Fact on Entry and Departure).
  • ※ ACC will cooperate on the matters regarding visa issuance and related service but bears no responsibility for any issues arising from changing of visa, re-issuance, extending the period, etc.
3. Responsibilities
  • Submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test
  • Submit an accident or travel insurance certificate covering the period of stay
  • Submit a monthly report
  • Plan, research, develop, and produce their project using the provided workspace
  • Take part in the related programs (workshop, lecture, interview, etc.) and promotional events
  • Present their productions and works (exhibition, showcase, roundtable)
최종 합격자
Outcome Creator Researcher
Art & Technology Visual Arts Design Theater Dialogue
Resulting Works (presentation) Group exhibition (Early in Dec 2022) Showcase including ACC Theater Atelier (Dec)
  • One thesis or critical essay (minimum 8,000 words in Korean, 10,000 words in English)
  • Presentation at an academic event or roundtable (Early in Dec)
※ VR tour of the resulting exhibition in 2020 https://www.acc.go.kr/BIOPHILIA/index.html
  • Agree to the non-exclusive license for any production or works undertaken at ACC_R
  • Consult with ACC prior to presenting or publishing their production or works and mention the ACC’s support.
4. Materials to Submit (Download from ACC website)
  • The application form (including Personal Information Collection and Usage Agreement) in a provided form (.pdf)
  • A project (or research) proposal for their project in a provided form (.pdf)
  • A portfolio: in a provided form (.pdf, maximum 30 pages including the cover, not exceeding 50MB)
  • - Applications for ‘Dialogue’ should include a previous record of achievement in research and proof of eligibility (3+ years of experience or presentations/publications).
  • One Letter of Recommendation (only for international applications, in .pdf format)
  • - Contact information of the referee (email, phone number) must be included.
  • - The letter must be signed by the referee.
5. How to Apply
  • Application Period: Monday, 23 May ~ Monday, 13 June(6:00 p.m. KST), 2022
  • Apply online at www.acc.go.kr
  • Submitted documents will not be returned. Submission should be made before 6:00 p.m. (KST) on the deadline date. Once submitted, it cannot be modified.
  • We advise early submission before the deadline to avoid any problems that might arise from traffic increase on the last date.
6. Selection
  • Selection criteria: designated selection committee will select the participant who has submitted the project plan and portfolio that embody the idea and fit the purpose of the program
  • Selection process: (1st) Document review → (2nd) PT and interview (for those who passed the document review) → Final selection and announcement
  • ※ If a finalist voluntarily drops out of the selection process or a winner withdraws from the residence, the runner-up may be selected instead.
7. Notification of Selection
  • The result of the final selection will be informed on the ACC website and individually.
  • Notification of the shortlist at the beginning of June 29, 2022
  • Interview (online, English) of selected applicants on the shortlist the between July 6 ~ July 8, 2022 (TBA)
  • Notification of the final selection at the beginning of July 2022
  • ※ The schedule is subject to change.
8. Notice
  • Participants are fully liable for any intellectual property rights dispute with third parties.
  • ※ Selection will be revoked if a participant is found to have used another person’s idea without permission or infringed another person’s intellectual property rights.
  • Participants must comply with the general regulations for the corresponding program and must confirm this by signing a separate agreement.
  • Copyright policies regarding the resulting works may differ by program.
  • Participants may face disadvantages including the revocation of selection in case of the followings.
  • If they have deliberately omitted and/or falsely filled in information in the submission
  • If they are scheduled to participate in other residency programs (from similar institutions)
  • or engaged in other programs of the Asia Culture Center (ACC) ;
  • If they are unable to maintain activities in residence due to personal schedule (at least 10 days of usage of the corresponding studio per month is required);
  • If they have a disease, possibly contagious, or health issues to the extent that they are unable to participate in the program.
9. Inquiries
  • ACC Residency_2022 Open Call Managing Office
  • Email: 2022accr@gmail.com / Tel: +82-70-8919-3747

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