We are very happy to announce the results of the call for Japanese artists, architects, designers, curators and cultural managers, which was created in cooperation with EU-Japan Fest.

Artistic group IRORI from Japan will come to Wrocław for a residency in February 2018. Kenichiro Egami, Yu Ohtani, Mayumi Hirano, Toshiaki Ishikura and Shinya Akutagawa will work on their project “Indoor Public Space – IRORI (traditional Japanese hearth) and NABE (Japanese hot pot), referring to the quote from the Book of Henryków (chronicle of the Cistercian abbey in Henryków in Lower Silesia): “Let me do the stirring and you take a rest”.

The winning project is about creating an intimate public sphere. Usually, people concentrated their life on indoor activities like crafting, cooking, writing and so on. The group would like to bring back the activities that are developed in the northern part of Japan and connect them with ones of Wrocław at the indoor space. The programme of the residency includes research on various legends and folk stories in Wrocław and Akita, Japan, building the traditional Japanese hearth in both of the cities, tours to the Lower Silesia region, meetings and workshops with the inhabitants of Wrocław and many more activities dedicated to agriculture and anthropology.