2017.07.24 Mon

Participants Announcement

We would like to announce 2 additional participants of Open Port Club -Artist Residency Program, starting from August 30, 2017 in Sapporo.

Berlin Community Radio is an online broadcasting platform based in Berlin, which started BCR [Incubator] project, aiming to find and develop new artists. 4 artists have been selected for this project this year, and they are granted BCR radio residency, release of their own music, and artist promotion. This year BCR has partnered with OPC, and one of the Incubator participants will be invited to an artist residency program in Sapporo city, Japan.

After careful consideration, Jessica Ekomane is selected to be a participant. Jessica Ekomane is a sound artist and musician, born in France and currently based in Berlin. Her practice unfolds around music and sound installations. She creates situations where the sound acts as a transformative element for the space and the audience.

Jessica Ekomane
Jessica Ekomane's practice unfolds around music and sound installations. She creates situations where the sound acts as a transformative element for the space and the audience. This informs her musical compositions which seek a cathartic effect alternating between noise and melody, and playing with our perception of rhythmical structures.

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The third participant has been selected from Hokkaido-based artists through an open call. We had no idea of what kind of artists will apply to this program, by limiting to Hokkaido-based artists. But as a result, we were glad to receive applications from many interesting and promising artists. We thank all of the applicants for applying to our program.

After careful consideration, Why She? (Katsuhiro Shiraki) is selected to be a participant. Why She? was born in Obihiro, a musician/painter based in Sapporo and Niki Town. He lives a dual life between the city and the countryside, where he engages in creative production while plowing fields. His unique lifestyle is based on the concept of “Slow Life.”

Why She? (Katsuhiro Shiraki)
Why She? is a slow artist, based in Hokkaido. His art ranges from composing guitar melodies and electronic music, to painting and drawing. It is hard to fit him into one specific genre, but all of his work embodies the “slow life” philosophy that he lives by.
He spends his long Hokkaido winters alternating between the Sapporo metropolis, and hibernating in his cabin by Yoichi river, where he keeps a tomato farm in the warmer seasons. His music reflects the contrast between these two locations — the bustling city streets that he skates through late at night, vs the tranquility of the nearly untouched nature which he inhabits. That is the essence of Why She? —
His music carries the footprints of the millions of people who saunter through the city, but also those of the bears who wander through the forest. It will send electricity through your veins, but it is a slow electricity. It is upbeat, but you will want to listen to it while taking a nap up in a tree. (by Anil Serpin)

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We hope that Jessica Ekomane, Why She?, and Lyra Pramuk will stimulate each other for the creation of new work.
Stay tuned for Open Port Club -Artist Residency Program, starting from August 30, 2017 in Sapporo.


2017.07.01 Sat

Participant Announcement

Open Port Club is excited to announce the result of the open call for its Artist Residency Program, which invites one artist from Berlin to Sapporo starting August 30th, 2017.

We received many applications from Berlin artists, all unique and attractive. We are grateful for this opportunity to learn firsthand about the artists at the forefront of today's Berlin. Thank you to all who applied to our program.

Out of all of the applications, the judges have near-unanimously selected Lyra Pramuk to be our participant.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania and later northern New York state, Lyra is a producer/artist currently based in Berlin. Her expressive performance caught the judges eyes, and shows promise for future artistic output.

We look forward to seeing how her stay in Sapporo will inspire her work.


Lyra Pramuk (b. 1990)
Lyra is a singer, composer-producer, and performance artist. She was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, studied classical music in upstate New York, and has called Berlin home for the last three years. In her solo work and collaborations, she embodies the search for sensual mysticism and transcendent emergence of the self within the emotional confines of global capitalism and our ever-more-heavily corporatized digital realms. In both her personal and artistic practices, Lyra commits to feeling, empathy, and listening as the central pathways to self-actualization as well as any affirmative, collective action.

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Photo Credit
Photography: Sylwana Zybura
Styling: Tomas C. Toth
Makeup & Hair: Nora Belovai
 
 

The other participant from Berlin will be selected from the Incubator program hosted by Berlin Community Radio.
In addition, We invite 1 artist based in Hokkaido. The artist from Hokkaido will be selected through open applications and currently open for entries until July 5.


2017.06.01 Thu

Open Call : Artist based in Hokkaido

Open Port Club will hold an artist residency program in Sapporo, inviting 2 artists based in Berlin, from the end of August to early September of 2017. One participant will be selected from the Incubator program hosted by Berlin Community Radio. The second participant will be selected by Open Port Club through open applications. This program also invites 1 artist based in Hokkaido. The program offers an opportunity to engage in music session/production with the participating artists. Through this program, we aim to create a continued exchange of artists and music scenes between Berlin and Sapporo.

The artist from Hokkaido will be selected through open applications. The applicant must be based in Sapporo or Hokkaido, and must be producing original music, primarily based in electronic music.

Please apply to this program after reading the application requirements and guidelines below.
Please send your inquiries about this program from the contact form.


Application requirements and guidelines

Program period:
August 30 - September 8, 2017

Application period:
June 1 - July 5, 2017

Number of participants:
1

Requirements:
-Applicant must be at least 20 years of age
-Applicant is a solo artist currently based in Hokkaido
-Applicant must be producing original music, primarily based in electronic music.
-Applicant agrees to the purpose of Open Port Club and is willing to contribute to the development of music culture exchange between Berlin and Sapporo
-Applicant must be able to speak daily conversations in English
-Applicant must be healthy, physically and mentally, and must be able to arrange for everyday meals, laundry, cleaning needed for everyday life.
-Applicant agrees to the public exposure of behind-the-scenes and production scenes, for the purpose of archiving and promotions
-Applicant must be able to visit Sapporo again for the period of October 12 - 15, 2017. (Transportation fee will be covered by Open Port Club)

Provisions:
-All transportation expenses between home and Sapporo
-Accommodation and aid for living expenses
-Announcement of the outcome (October 2017, in Sapporo)
-Media exposure in Groove, Berlin Community Radio, FM Northwave (Sapporo)
-The opportunity to record in Geimori Recording Studio

Selection process:
Selection based on selection criteria and submitted materials, by the 7 jurors below.
-Heiko Hoffmann (Groove)
-Sarah Miles (Berlin Community Radio)
-Anastasia Filipovna (Berlin Community Radio)
-Kuniyuki Takahashi
-Yuko Asanuma
-Ryota Hattori (Open Port Club)
-Ayako Hirano (Open Port Club)

Selection criteria:
-Those who have ability to forge a career in music
-Originality and novelty in their work
-Active approach to society through performances

Required application materials:
-Application form
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM(pdf)
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM(word)
-Your music work (share your uploaded music in platforms such as Soundcloud, Bandcamp, YouTube, etc. The total length should be within 30 minutes.)
-Portfolio and PR material of any form, within A4 size x 3 sheets

How to apply:
Please send your application materials to interactive@no-maps.jp by July 5th, by email.

Announcement of the selected participants:
TBA - mid July 2017


Support : Goethe-Institut Tokyo
Media Partner : Groove, Berlin Community Radio, FM NORTH WAVE
Organizer : No Maps

2017.05.01 Mon

Open Call – Artist Residency Program 2017

Open Port Club is an inter-city exchange project connecting Berlin and Sapporo through music. Sapporo, located in the northernmost part of Japan, is a city that nurtures various forms of cultural and artistic creativity. This exchange project with Berlin aims to invigorate music scenes and artists/creators of Sapporo.

Beginning in 2016, Open Port Club has been sending 3 artists from Sapporo to Tresor, a renowned techno nightclub in Berlin. And this year, we are now accepting applications to participate in Open Port Club's artist residency program in Sapporo, Japan.

For this program, 2 electronic music artists based in Berlin will be invited to Sapporo. One participant will be selected from the Incubator program hosted by Berlin Community Radio. The second participant will be selected by Open Port Club through open applications.
The participants will stay in Sapporo for 10 days, to engage in music production while interacting with Sapporo's music scenes.

Please apply to this program after reading the application requirements and guidelines below.
Please send your inquiries about this program from the contact form.

Application requirements and guidelines

Program period:
August 30 - September 8, 2017

Application period:
May 1 - 28, 2017

Number of participants:
2 (including 1 artist selected from the Incubator program)

Requirements:
-Applicant must be at least 20 years of age
-Applicant is a solo artist currently based in Berlin
-Applicant must be producing original music, primarily based in electronic music.
-Applicant agrees to the purpose of Open Port Club and is willing to contribute to the development of music culture exchange between Berlin and Sapporo
-Applicant must be able to speak daily conversations in English
-Applicant must be healthy, physically and mentally, and must be able to arrange for everyday meals, laundry, cleaning needed for everyday life.
-Applicant agrees to the public exposure of behind-the-scenes and production scenes, for the purpose of archiving and promotions
-Applicant must be able to visit Sapporo again for the period of October 12 - 15, 2017. (Transportation fee will be covered by Open Port Club)

Provisions:
-All travel costs from Berlin to Sapporo
-Accommodation and aid for living expenses
-Announcement of the outcome (October 2017, in Sapporo)
-Media exposure in Groove, Berlin Community Radio, FM Northwave (Sapporo)

Selection process:
Selection based on selection criteria and submitted materials, by the 7 jurors below.
-Heiko Hoffmann (Groove)
-Sarah Miles (Berlin Community Radio)
-Anastasia Filipovna (Berlin Community Radio)
-Kuniyuki Takahashi
-Yuko Asanuma
-Ryota Hattori (Open Port Club)
-Ayako Hirano (Open Port Club)

Selection criteria:
-Those who have ability to forge a career in music
-Originality and novelty in their work
-Active approach to society through performances

Required application materials:
-Application form
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM(pdf)
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM(word)
-Your music work (share your uploaded music in platforms such as Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Youtube, etc. The total length should be within 30 minutes.)
-Portfolio and PR material of any form, within A4 size x 3 sheets

How to apply:
Please send your application materials to interactive@no-maps.jp by May 28th, by email.

Announcement of the selected participants:
TBA - mid June 2017

Support : Goethe-Institut Tokyo
Media Partner : Groove, Berlin Community Radio,
FM NORTH WAVE
Organizer : No Maps
2017.04.28 Fri

Renewed the website

This site has been redesigned. We promote inter-city exchange between Berlin and Sapporo through music. Please wait for updated information.
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