Asia Culture Center 2023 Residency

The Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea
Deadline: 05 February 2023

Courtesy of Asia Culture Center (ACC)

Courtesy of Asia Culture Center (ACC)

The Asia Culture Center (ACC) is seeking participants for its 2023 ACC Residency. ACC is an international artistic creation and production center that explores the new contemporariness in Asia. Asian attitudes of engagement with real-world situations have been passed down as a spirit of artistic creation, as new technologies and artistic languages are being used today to suggest alternatives for our current reality and possibilities for future ways of life. Each year, the ACC Residency reviews the timeliest real-world issues to select a research topic. The reorganized 2023 residency program is also being carried out in conjunction with the ACC Sound Art Lab.

The Futures of Listening intermediate- to long-term lab project is being presented as one of the residency’s creative support programs. The program is open to participants from every field of creative endeavor, including researchers, artists, creators, and technicians who are making their first attempts at soundscapes. After taking part in Futures of Listening, participants with creative approaches to thinking and open-minded attitudes can give expression to their new ideas and go through a process of experimentation, after which the content will be presented at a showcase event. The ACC Residency is looking to do more than simply providing a creative environment to support artists. It seeks to work together in creating the sort of novel, diverse content that can only be achieved at ACC. ACC looks forward to hearing from prospective participants who are interested in taking part with an open mind.


  • Program: 2023 ACC Residency (Futures of Listening)
  • Dates: May–October 2023 (approximately six months, move-in during late April)
  • Showcase: November 2023 (approximately two to three weeks)
  • Location: Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Korea
  • Participants: 8 artists/artist groups, teams can have maximum two members
  • Areas: Technicians, researchers, artists in visual arts, designs, media art, interdisciplinary art, technology, Hunam Sciences, humanities-related art, etc.


  • Applicants of any nationality aged 19 or older as of the announcement date
  • Must not have any prior ACC Residency experience (applies to all team members)
  • Must be capable of communicating in Korean and/or English


  • Artists, researchers, engineers, etc., with an interest in soundscapes (potential areas include visual arts, design, media art, interdisciplinary art, technology, and humanities)
  • Those able to actively take part in the creative support program (mandatory) and produce a project result reflecting its content
  • Those who will not be a full-time employee of a group, institution, company etc., during the residency period and who will be able to focus entirely on their ACC Residency creation and production activities
  • Those with the planning and production skills needed to propose and realize a new project that has never been presented before

Program Details
‘23 creation/production theme: Futures of Listening

The 2023 Sound Art Lab is launching Futures of Listening, a sound art project researching the sounds of Asia. Taking place over a period of several years, this project examines the cultural and geographic relationships of sounds and envisions the future of creative arts based on research into alternative contemporary values and perceptions.

The relationship between sound and space has been a focus of extensive research in areas including art, science, and the humanities. The city in particular is a space that reflects our human society, and its structural phenomena offer another potential avenue for investigating contemporary civilization. In areas such as architecture and urban design that are rooted chiefly in visual epistemology, sound has been either outright excluded or approached only in very limited fashion. Over the past 10 years, scholars have begun paying more attention to the relationship between cities and sound, and their research has explored the creative potential for the role of sound.

As part of this project, the ACC Sound Art Lab is conducting research into sound in conjunction with the Acc Residency program, with a focus on Asian cities. A number of Asian cities have undergone rapid urbanization under Western influence, and people’s concept of listening to sound has swiftly changed as well. For example, research has shown that noise levels in Asian cities that have undergone Westernization and industrialization (especially in South, Southeast, and East Asia) are far higher than those in (West Asian) countries that have not. Such environments not only give rise to differences in acoustic perceptions among those cities’ residents but also powerfully influence their nature and the forms of their culture and art. In researching these cities’ soundscapes, the hope is to shed new light on people’s evolving concepts of listening and to present alternative values and the future of creative arts from a perspective of auditory post-colonialism.

Required Documents

  • One application (includes consent to personal information collection): Designated format(*.pdf, maximum 50MB)
  • Portfolio: Designated format (*.pdf, up to 30 pages [including cover], maximum 50MB)
  • One recommendation(foreign applicant): Free format (*.pdf)

Application Submission

  • Submission period: Wednesday. January 25–Sunday, February 5, 2023 (no later than 6 pm KST)
  • How to submit: Online application (
  • Submitted documents will not be returned. Applications must be completed by the deadline. Documents may not be revised once submitted. (Applicants cannot check receipt after closing and are responsible for making individual note of their submission number.)
  • Applicants are recommended to complete their application before the final date, as system difficulties may arise due to the large number of applicants submitting applications on the deadline day.

Application Review

  • Initial document review (creative activity proposal and other submitted documents)
  • Interviews and presentation review (for those who pass the initial review, foreign applicant via Zoom meeting)
  • When candidates who pass the initial review decline to take the examination or when those who are accepted decline to take part in the residency, decisions will be based on the next highest score.

Selection Announcement

  • Method of announcement: ACC website
  • Announcement dates
    Initial document review: Wednesday, February 22, 2023
    IInterview review: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2023 (Individual notification) Those who pass the initial review should prepare an interview presentation (up to 5 minutes)
    Final selection announcement: Friday, Mar, 3, 2023
  • The schedule may change depending on the ACC situation. Any changes will be announced on the ACC website.


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