FICA and The Japan Foundation invite you to  

A Presentation by Hirouki Hittori, curator at the Aomori Contemporary Arts Centre (ACAC), Aomori, Japan 

When: 5 pm on Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Hiroyuki Hattori will introduce and discuss ACAC's Artist in Residence (AIR) programme, which aims at promoting contemporary art through cultural exchanges and collaborations.  The AIR programme invites artists from around the world for three-month residencies at the ACAC. The Programme supports artists' resident productions and exhibitions during their stay, and other interactive programmes such as workshops, lectures and collaborative projects.

Hattori will discuss the past success of AIR and guide young artists on the application process for the 2013 programme.

ABOUT HIROYUKI HATTORI:
Hiroyuki Hattori is the curator at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori Public College. He is also the Director of the alternative art space: Midori Art Centre. He received his Masters in Architecture from Waseda University in 2006. He organizes a wide range of art projects and artist residencies based on an architectural way of thinking. In 2010, he curated an art project 24 Hour Television, which involved more than hundred local participants and emerging Japanese artists. In 2011-12, he curated a year-long residency programme Re-Modernologio, where 11 artists worked along with him. He has also curated a solo exhibition Countless Stories, Living Boldly, Repeat, by Yusuke Asai.

ABOUT ACAC:
Aomori Contemporary Art Centre was established with the purpose helping to shape the art culture of Aomori City. Offering local citizens to appreciate art, as well as participate in exchange activities. ACAC is intended to be a driving force behind a new artistic environment. Taking 'art and nature' as our main theme, we plan to develop various programmes that will promote an appreciation for international and local art in the rich natural environment of Aomori City. The main programme at ACAC is the Artist in Residence programme, in which native and international artists are invited to participate. The ACAC also holds exhibitions and various exchange programmes through which the local audience can actually experience the creative process.
ACAC was designed by renowned architect Ando Tadao. Taking care not to destroy the geographical undulations of the site, and in an attempt to make the best use of the surrounding natural features, the construction was designed on the lines of 'invisible architecture' with the buildings buried deep inside the surrounding forest. The linear Creative Hall, the Residential Hall shaped like a bridge stretched across a valley, and the horseshoe-shaped Exhibition Hall comprising of galleries and a circular open stage, make up the 3 buildings on the site. For more information visit www.acac-aomori.jp