Monday, October 23, 2006

Intra-Asia AIR Network

Bamboo Culture International
Taipei Artist Village
Taiwan Artist Village Alliance
Council for Cultural Affairs, Taiwan
Taipei Culture Bureau
Tainan City Government
Tainan County Government
Miaoli County Government
Asia Cultural Council
Home Affairs Bureau (Arts Development Fund)
Hong Kong SAR Government
Long Fong Co. Ltd.


July 17 to 19 Workshop: Pilot Project AIR Asia - Mapping Asian Artists' Mobility
The July event will start with a two day workshop session aiming at the mapping of intra Asia systems of communication and support, under supervision of professional consultant San San Wong. The workshop will be held at several AIRs in the South of Taiwan – relaxed and country side settings. During the workshop we hope to share thoughts and knowledge with you about the following issues:
- Examples of models of artistic mobility in Asia
- Asian Artists in Residency definitions and the diversity of AIR programs offered
- Understanding of the state of support of Asian AIR's
- Understand present realities and critical role of Asian AIR's
- Understand the challenges that Asian AIR's face
On the third day, we hope to provide you with site visits to different models of artist in residencies in Taiwan that are connected to a regional network promoting artists in residence programs: the Taiwan Artist Village Association (TAVA). Visits are planned to AIR's in both rural and urban environments, such as Taichung Stock 20 AIR, in renovated railway warehouses, and the residency at the nature park of Hua Tau Yao with its famous traditional dragon Kiln.
Among those invited for the workshop session are organizations like yours, which actively promote creativity and support cultural exchange projects that involve artistic mobility within the Asian continent. Moreover, we invited representatives of various artists groups, public and private founders, local, regional and global NGOs/networks so they can get a grasp of what the Asian situation is like and how they could be of support. The outcome of the workshop session should be an overview of Asian support and communication systems. This will be the system to keep the participants connected, in a network that foresees the needs of Asian organizations.
July 20 and 21 Conference: Artists in Residence Worldwide - Hubs of artistic exchange
The workshop session will be followed by a two day open conference which will focus on the promotion of artist in residence programs worldwide. The conference will include a forum with representatives from Asian funding organizations and a presentation of the board of Res Artis, a world wide network promoting artistic mobility and AIR programs. The aim of the conference is to show those involved in planning, funding and legislation activities the importance of AIR programs, and how we could use their support for future development.
Why Come Together? Mapping
To Better Understand Asian AIRs:
As vehicles of artistic mobility in Asia
Define the diversity
State of support
Present realities and challenges
Critical roles in
the artist’s development
engagement with public
as opportunities for cultural exchange
16 countries, 40 + participants
Represent different functions within ecology:
Directors/Founders of AIRs & Alternative Spaces
Public & Private Funding Bodies Representatives
World-Wide & Regional Networks Representatives

Diverse Organisations
Represent different characteristics:
Small, independent –> Government sponsor
Artist collective –> University department
Newly formed –> 20 years old
Geographic axis:
North-South: Mongolia –> Australia
East-West: India –> Japan

Diverse Organisations (cont.)
Reused spaces – Purpose built – Artist home/studio – Temporal
Visual, Literature, New Media, Performance, Mixed Medium, Curation, Administration
Cultural preservation –> Post-Modern
Social change agents –> Biennale sponsors
Why Come Together?
Find Solutions & Become Stronger Through Collective Action & Resource Sharing
Planning Meeting
Day 1:
Tsung-Yeh Arts & Cultural Center
Engaging Artists & Communities
Multi-Directional Exchange
Artist in Society
Ethnical Responsibility
Key Issues - Environment
Disparity within Asia, e.g., economic, language, location
Uni-directional exchanges/flow
Standards set by reference points outside Asia
Europe, USA, Major Institutions
biennales, “airport curators”
definitions of modernity, tradition

Key Issues - Individual & Organizational
Ethnical behavior & Professional standards
Engaging artists with local communities
AIR programme design that facilitates “true” understanding of host culture
Sustainability & Continuity
Waning & “fickle” government support
Transferring leadership
Measurement and Outcome m ethodologies not wholly appropriate to AIR & AM
Planning Meeting
Day 2
Tainan University
Art Gallery
Day 3: Taipei Artist Village
Intra-Asia Network of AIR & Artist MobilityMission
To facilitate the artistic mobility of cultural workers through the development, promotion and empowerment of AIRs in Asia.
Network Uniqueness
Initiated by Asia
Intra-Asia: Network within the Asian region
most exchange is with those outside Asia
AIRs: In the arts world, AIRs have an important – but under-represented – role
Embracing inclusivity – brings together multiple countries, functions, sectors, characteristics, disciplines, etc.
Core Values
Membership is committed to:
Enhance the equality between Asian countries
Promote and understand cultural diversity
Cultural exchange

Benefits of Network
Validation & Credibility
Knowing your Neighbor
Decrease isolation
“Power Block”
Standards for Ethnical Behavior & Professionalism
Knowledge exchange
Resource sharing (costs savings)

Focal Programme Areas
Artist Outreach
Professional Development
Field Knowledge

Artist Outreach
Increase efficiency in outreach, info dissemination about AIRs and AM vehicles.
Reaching a broader range of artists and from more countries
Confidential recommendations for artists and for AIRs
Professional Development
Professionalism & Ethnical Behavior
Capacity building for organisations
Str: Administrative infrastructure tools, e.g., “toolbox” with special modules
Str: “Block-booking” of trainers, speakers
Field Knowledge
“Action Research” not purely academic research – active application
Information & Education
Public Understanding
Social & Policy Change
investigation of other methodologies
development of AIR-specific criteria
standards of professionalism
Network Development
Shared values & issues
Address through collective action & exchange
Potential Solutions
short-term and long-term
existing resources and resources to develop human, expertise, financial
Structure to support activity
leadership & representation
member commitment
resource development
Autonomous vs. Sub-network
Physical vs. Virtual network
Rotating headquarters
Business structure
Workshops / Conference
Links on website
Newsletter – Print or Email
Next Steps
Planning Committee established
Reps from Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mongolia, Philippines, Taiwan
Meeting documentation to Network members to share with others
Website development
Communications for Network Members
Sharing information about Members & Network
Next Steps
Refinement of Mission, Vision, Core Values
Further development of each focal programme area
Scenarios for initial structures (infrastructure)
Relationship to existing networks
Resources identification
Other leaders and potential members
Taiwan, 17-21 July 2005

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