Monthly Archives: November 2014

Our Residence Visualization Project is Now Open Source

Hi! This is Alejandro.

Today we want to show you this data visualization software we made to show our Artist in Residence program’s movement at Kunisaki Art Festival. It’s an open source project now, and it’s relatively easy to input your own program’s data on a spreadsheet on Google Drive. We’re hoping to see it used at many residence programs around the world!

The steps are explained in a more walkthrough way on the readme file over at GitHub, but let me explain them briefly here:

  • First download and install Processing. You will need to add the Unfolding Maps library to it too.
  • Download Residence Visualization from GitHub.
  • Make your own copy of this spreadsheet at Google Drive, and input your own data.
  • Download the data you just input on Google Drive in CSV format, and add it to your Processing project.

Hirofumi Matsuaki is in charge of the design and graphic programming, and Alejandro Cremades is in charge of the data layer. When we think that we might even get help by making the project public, it brings a smile to our faces. We are waiting for your pull requests!

We know it’s not easy enough to use, but we felt like opening u the project would help us to make it better fast. Anyway, if you are trying to use we’d love to hear from you. We might be able to help you, and we’d love to hear about ways it can be better. Please contact us if you use it!

PS: Excuse my English.

Announcing Leanne Dunic and Cheong Hoi I’s Exhibitions

We are happy to announce artists in residence Leanne Dunic and Cheong Hoi I‘s exhibitions, where they will show the results of the projects they have been working on during their stay.


Mel Cheong started as a designer and then shifted to develop herself in art. She won the Artist in Residence Award in the “6th Evora International Printmaking Competition” in 2009 and also held her first solo exhibition “Last Portrait” in the same year.

Mel uses a journalistic view to observe the ever-changing world and compares her surroundings to judge and understand herself. These observations and ideas are expressed in her art. Mel graduated from the University of Macau, majoring in Communications.

The 6th Itou Bunkichi (伊藤文吉) designed a trianglar teahouse in 1890. He wished to stay in an imbalance area in contrast with the perfect balance Japanese-Style garden outside. In this sense, he thought of exposing himself to this feeling which will allow him rise his own existence.

This is also the reason why I would like to go for an Artist in Residency: to give myself a new cultural environment impact, which allows you to explore with new visions under the new restrictions. Ultimately, you find your true self while breaking through the cultural difference. Faced with difference culture and habits, cultural shocks happened almost everyday, and under these struggles, you have to make a choice. It’s also the way of life, whether to stick on your own “root” or give up your own “pride”. As this is my third AIR program, I am presenting you, my true self.

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Leanne Dunic is a multi-disciplinary artist from Vancouver, Canada. She is rich in dreams and experiences, which she enjoys documenting through images, music, and words. Her style is simplistic and organic and explores the dichotomies of tradition/modernity, nature/technology, masculine/feminine, and east/west.

‘Nature’s Way’ is inspired by Dunic’s ocean-centric explorations of the Ryukyu Islands and Kyushu.

The exhibit examines our ecological position in a way that is bittersweet and, at times, comical. As the work represents situations that are not a result of natural behaviour, the title is sardonic.

Animals are used exclusively as characters in the works to comment on the ranking of our position in the ecological system.

Small scale displays of large scale issues force the viewer to physically take a closer look at the art, as well as the perilous state of our oceans.

Dunic is interested in the consequences of food production/consumption and the affects of overfishing.

The pieces reflect both land and sea to reveal the impact of human existence on the environment, and the complications that arise from our current standard of living.

While in Japan, Dunic witnessed a variety of collective beachings: of tiny, iridescent fish, of starfish, of young puffer fish. The cause(s) remain a mystery.

We would be very happy to meet you at the opening party! Please see the details below.

Cheong Hoi I The Presence in Mind
Leanne Dunic Nature’s Way
Date: November 22 to 23 (11:00 to 19:00) Free entrance
The opening party will be on November 22 (Saturday) from 17:00.

Place: Studio Kura

Mel Cheong’s Experience : Japanese paper making workshop

HI, this is AYAKO from STUDIO KURA!
This is the report from Mr. KUSU!!!
I translate into ENGLISH and sharing His&residence artist experience here~!

↓here, it is his report!!!! enjoy reading!!!!
Hello, How are you, everyone?
this is TAKUYA KUSU, one of staff at STUDIO KURA.
I am experiencing my first winter in ITOSHIMA…
I am from NOGATA, and Winter here is colder than where i am from.
I can not take off my scarf every day.

Well, today i would like to share the experience of making JAPANESE PAPER.

Current residence Mel, is from Macau, requests to do JAPANESE PAPER MAKING.
Well, why not!!!
SO, I and MIYAMOTO teacher(One of STUDIO KURA STAFF) including MEL, went to a studio「MEISHI KOBO MATSUO」in ONOJYO CITY, FUKUOKA.

A studio is open very quietly, where is surrounding by lots of houses.
Who will miss out this such a nice wood sign.
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Jen’s Map: Studio Kura Surroundings

Jen's Map to Studio Kura Surroundings (contrast fixed)

Current residence artist Jen Hitchings draws a wonderful map, Studio Kura surrounding!!!

No one will get lost to Studio Kura from NOW ON!!!!

From November, we have 4 artists each month.
Definitely, we will be having FUN a lot with everyone.

SO…We bought air conditioners, not only one, THREE of them!!!!
WOW WOW WOW such a investing!!
We have to keep improving the living environment for the residences!!!

Jen Hitchings’s solo exhibition will be starting from 8th NOV,
Opening Party will start from 17pm.

↓Click below link for more detail.