What is r:ead?

“r:ead” represents the following

east – asia


r:ead is a new artist-in-residence program that started in December 2012. Its participants will be artists and curators working with free forms of expression and who traverse borders between body, image and language in order to engage with society today in each of their countries. During the residency they will stay together in Tokyo for a fixed period, and through research and dialogue with the other participants, will confront their own artistic expression. r:ead is seeking out the possibilities for new forms of creativity in residencies through a collective process of trial and error in the selection of participating artists, in concept, operation, documentation, and the building up of a network.

east – asia

r:ead relates to the area of East Asia. There are many definitions of the region but r:ead is focusing on the regions where Chinese, Korean and Japanese are spoken as mother tongues and used in daily life. The region of East Asia has been forming a common cultural area for several thousand years, a process which has continued in recent years with the increasing exchange of information, people and goods. But due to border disputes between neighbouring countries and histories of hegemony, the relationships within East Asia are now at the mercy of the international political situation. By limiting the target area to the region of East Asia, individuals living in this area will be able to deal with each other in depth, sharing their commonality as well as local differences, seeking a mutual reality that they can express artistically and share in their work. The program is conducted in four languages: Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin and Taiwanese Chinese), Korean and English.


r:ead is a residency program that emphasizes dialogue between its participants. Its foremost purpose is the enhancement of the sharing and exchanging of ideas and discussion, rather than quality and quantity of deliverable works. Not only will the artists, the creators of the artistic works, participate, but also their partners, curators and theorists who deepen the dialogue of the artists.
The residency is divided into two periods of stay. During the dialogue and research period, the participants get to know each other through discussion of what could be a common issue for all of them to work on. During the second stage, the creation period, each artist will work on this issue based on his or her personal artistic approaches and interests. Within this process, their reciprocal dialogue and intervention will become visible in their work.



The r:ead project team selects the artists and curators after extensive research on the artist scenes of the respective participating countries. (There is no open call-out for participants.)

[Dialogue & Research]

The participating artists gather for one week in Tokyo, residing in Ikebukuro. After introducing to each other the nature of their work so far, following debate and fieldwork they then together seek a common issue on which they want to work further.


Two months later, the participants will gather in Tokyo again. During a three-week creation period, each artist proceeds with his or her own creative work, and in this phase we will see the reciprocal dialogue and critique reflected in the creation process. On the last day, there will be a presentation of the output.


The process of the r:ead will be documented on the project website and in related publications.

r:ead #3 Project Outline


September 30 – October 13, 2014


Tainan National University of the Arts and other venues in Tainan, Taipei, Kaoh Siung in Taiwan


Wen Yuju / Ookawa Keiko (Japan)
Kao Jun-Honn / Lin Hsin-I (Taiwan)
Zheng Bo / Luo Xiao Ming (China)
mixrice / Ahn Sohyun (Korea)

Organized/hosted by:Research and Innovation Centre of Visual Art/TNNUA

Co-organized by:
Teaching and Learning Center of TNNUA
Yunlin Chiay and Tainan Regional Teaching Resource Center

Supported by:
Ministry of Culture, Taiwan
Ministry of Education, Taiwan

r:ead #1(2012) and r:ead #2(2013) took place in Tokyo, as one of the “Programs to Create International Points for the Promotion of Arts and Culture”, supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan, organized by The NPO Arts Network Japan.
r:ead #3 will be organized by Tainan National University of the Arts, supported by the Ministry of Culture and Education in Taiwan.
Jow-Jiun Gong (Professor at Tainan National University of the Arts) will direct and conduct the program with Chiaki Soma as a co-director and other 4 staff members both from Taiwan and Japan working as a team.

r:ead #3 will be an intensive two-week program, different from two previous ones that were held in two terms (dialogue and research period & creation period).