"POLYTOPIA": Experimental Remote Residency for Creative Thinkers 2021

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Where do we stand now?



A location is not a single location anymore

Land is not simply a geographical location

The relationship between between land and ancestors is blurred

A body is not an identified body

Spaces are losing a their physical location/specificity

Borders have now melted away


The physical contact that used to bridge the bodies, objects and lands is no longer meaningful


Everything is circulating in between



The land is now a multiplicity and the vernacular is becoming a fluid identity


We exist everywhere without any presence



What does locality/localization mean in this fluid time?


Where do we stand now for our co-existence, co-creation and co-breathing?



In this residency, we will try to co-create “POLYTOPIA” through different creative approaches to locality, physicality, environment, gender, community and technology, together with people of various backgrounds and identities.



POLYTOPIA – It’s not a Utopia or a Dystopia, neither a Heterotopia

[Graphic Design by Hlib Shkurupii]

This year’s Co-iki Residency “POLYTOPIA” is composed of different themes which should be related to the main concept. We will try to create “POLYTOPIA” together with people from various backgrounds, identities and interests.

POLYTOPIA : Experimental Remote Residency by Co-iki ,participating creators and the collaborators  – [Residency for All Creative Thinkers]

Participating Creators from India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Taiwan, Ukraine , Nigeria  + more visiting creators.


UN/Learning Lab  – [Open Sessions for All]

I. Circular Community / Ecosystem & Biodiversity : Talk Session & Workshop

II. Caring / Gender & Family :  Talk Session “Asian Women Dialogues”(TBD)

III. Physicality / Memory & Alternative Archiving : Talk Session & Workshop *A series of sessions through 2020-2021


POLYTOPIA – Experimental Remote Residency

Get the ticket to apply ☛ https://apply-polytopia.peatix.com/

APPLY for the opportunity to present your practice during the COVID time!
*Deadline: October 30th (23:59 in Japanese Time UTC+9)


*About 2020 Remote Residency : https://co-iki.org/en_US/events/creativity-from-home/


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POLYTOPIA   [Residency for All Creative Thinkers] 

Experimental Remote Residency by Co-iki ,participating creators and the collaborators

   “Locality” and the “Indegenous” in This Changing Era

The participating creators will research,create and run their projects tackling the changing concept of “Locality” ,the “Indegenous” and “Vernacular”  during the residency period.   Anybody interested can join our gatherings and sessions: 

  • Casual Meetups of NEO BURAKU, our “new neighborhood” in this age
  • Open Studio Talk for Work-in-Progress 
  • Public Showcasing in November 

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Participating Creators

Soe Yu Nwe / Myanmar


Soe Yu Nwe (born.1989) is an artist from Myanmar. After earning a MFA degree in Ceramics at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2015, Soe has been participating in numerous residencies in the United States and across Asia. Her experience of living cross-culturally has inspired her to reflect upon her own identity through making, conceiving it as a fluid, fragile and fragmented entity.

Through transfiguration of her emotional landscape by poetically depicting nature and body in parts, she ponders the complexities of individual identity in this rapidly changing globalized society. 

Francis Annagu / Nigeria


Francis Annagu is a documentary photographer, poet, curator and data reporter.

Exhibitions open up avenues for conversation and interaction with his themes. His artwork “Stone Brothers” has been exhibited virtually at Florence Contemporary Gallery 2020, and New Now Festival (Zeche Zollverein 2021). His photo projects showed up in Contrarian, Wotisart, The Photographic Museum of Humanity, and Social Documentary Network. He’s a curator and artist at Collective R and D_Research Lab for Independent Curators. Published extensively by Potomac Journal, The Unbroken Smile, London Grip New Poetry, Crannog Magazine, Kalahari Review, Metaphor Magazine, Commonline Journal, Galway Review, Save Africa Anthology, and Lunaris Review.


Subhash Maskara / India

IG:  https://www.instagram.com/subhashmaskara/

Filmography :https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6364910/

Subhash is a filmmaker / cinematographer from India.  He believes in films as an expression for social awareness, open discussion and change. He strives to do thought provoking films which may have an impact on it’s viewers, triggering the various other emotions along with the pleasure of experiencing audio-visual stories. His research interest comprises modern and contemporary changes in society, politics and human behavior and study of mythology and spirituality with a scientific paradigm. 

Olia Fedorova / Ukraine


Multidisciplinary conceptual artist, working with photography, video, installation and text. Born in 1994. Based in Kharkiv, Ukraine.Exhibited and participated in residencies and shows in Ukraine, Poland, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom. Her practice is focused on the exploration and interaction with the environments as semantic spaces, on revealing voids in them – the spots of uncertainty and slippery of language, of misunderstanding and miscommunication, in search of a common ground where the dialogue becomes possible.

Dai Kaisei 戴開成 / Taiwan



Kairakutei Bonjo as Rakugo performer and in real name,Dai Kaisei. He is a rakugo storyteller who has three places of origin: Tianjin, Tokyo, and Taipei. In addition, he is involved in various fields such as theater, interpretation and interpretation, cultural guidance, and city planning, and tries to make new proposals with various people. He tries to cultivate a “New Biotope” from the flavor created by replacing and layering different views and ideas, just as we replace languages.

He strongly believes this idea of a “New Biotope” could be a valuable proposal to society.  Above all, it is fun to think about it ruuning new projects.

Muhamad Gerly / Indonesia

IG: https://www.instagram.com/muhammadgerly/

Gerly has just graduated Telkom University in 2021. He founded the ROOMPOK, an artist collective in 2018 and has been working actively in the visual art and the theatre fields since then. His work focuses on exploring history, tales, and poetry transforming them into another field of presentation. 

Nana Biakova / Ukraine & Japan

IG: https://www.instagram.com/nanabiako/

Ukrainian Multidisciplinary graphic designer, performer, researcher located in Japan.  

For the last 7 years she has been working as a graphic designer and art director.

Her first education is interior design.She studied graphic design and media art in School of Visual communication in Kyiv and  performance art at the Polish School of Performance under Janusz Baldyga.Currently she is studying and researching Butoh dance and history in Japan. She is co-founder of an “Experimental Butoh Group ZA”  which is based in Ukraine and actively performed until 2020.

Before the pandemic in 2020 she performs mainly site-specific works in the Urban space. 

She works with such techniques as performance, video, collage and her performance works are based on Japanese avant-garde dance Butoh.



UN/Learning Lab   [Open Sessions for All] 

UN/Learning Lab is a new session program for people of any backgrounds and professions.

This will be a place to exchange ideas, learn from each other and unlearn what we’ve learnt so far in life.  We will also discuss global issues and various topics through artistic approaches and also from scientific, professional perspectives.

Please bring in your personal views as well to nurture this newly created lab and to make it full of insights and inspirations!

*Registration/Ticketing Required - to be released soon..

– The fee for the ticket will be partly donated to the creators with serious financial problems and to an organization that supports women who suffered DV(domestic violence) during this pandemic.   *Language translation (English-Japanese) will be available for some sessions. See below.  


Theme I : Circular Community / Ecosystem & Biodiversity   

❶ Natural Ecosystem & Biodiversity

*Translation Available(English/Japanese)   

Collaborator : Junko Shimura ,Green Academy Montreal (Biologist /Canada)   

Guest Creator : Aki Nagasaka (Artist / Japan)  https://www.akinagasaka.net/


Collaborator : 

Junko Shimura / Canada &Japan

Biologist ,Chair of Green Academy Montreal

Chair. Biologist by training. Ph D in immunology. Worked at University of Tokyo, Riken Institute, National Institute of Environmental Studies and United Nations. Current interests are in biodiversity, nature based solutions for climate change, sustainable agriculture and development. 

Green Academy Montreal


A group of good will people not for profit but to share the power of science, business and diverse culture to help our community better in Montreal and beyond. 



❷ Circular Community + Scientific Research    (TBD)

*Translation Available(English/Japanese)   

Collaborator : Lifepatch!  https://lifepatch.org/  (Citizen Initiative / Indonesia )



➌ Collectivism + Ecosystem  – Workshop & Learning Session  (TBD)

*Translation Available(English/Japanese)   

Collaborator : Gudskul   https://gudskul.art/ (Art Collective / Indonesia )



Theme II : Caring  / Gender & Family 

Public Talk Session in November (TBD)
“Colorful Dialogues of Asian Women on Caring ,Gender and Family Issues “

*Translation Available(English/Japanese)


Collaborator : 

Joshibi University of Art and Design  (Women’s Art University in Tokyo) 

Akiko Ishiyama ( Forum Yokohama, Gender Equality Center )

Participating artists: Jiaqi Shen(Artist /Singapore ), Teresa Leung(Artist / Hong Kong) + more guests (TBD)


Collaborator : 

Joshibi University of Art and Design / Tokyo, Japan 


In this collaborative program, the students of Joshibi will take closed sessions with the participating artists & guests in the course of University classes and will finally present their own project plans related to Gender & Family Issues.


Akiko Ishiyama / Yokohama, Japan 


Manager of Gender Equality Center South, Yokohama Association for Promotion of Gender Equality (Public interest incorporated foundation) . Studied Gender and Development in Thailand. She organizes seminars for unemployed women and has done research on women with foreign backgrounds. She is also involved in civic activity calling for selective use of separate surnames for married couples. 



Theme III : “Physicality” in the time of Remote Communication   


 (A series of sessions through 2021-2022)

 Physicality, Memory & Alternative Archiving    (TBD)

Collaborator :

Tenshing Kazama (Artist / Monk, based in Hokkaido,Japan )


I am a Japanese Zen monk and contemporary artist. Born in 1979. My reason for paralleling monk and artist is to discover the common challenges and values of art and religion and to re-present the interplay between them. The focus of my theme is “A methodology for gathering and enhancing the faith contained in religious institution.” and “The foundation of faith internalized in customs and culture.” and the physicality that is deeply related to both of these contents. In order to derive the uniqueness of art in Asia, his installations and art projects highlight the “history of nations and peoples” and the “spirituality behind the expression”.


Special Guests :
Buddhism, Tech, BioArt, Music ,Poetry, Performing Art, etc.  (TBD)



*More Details

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