Asia Culture Center 2023 ACC Residency Open Call

Associated Residency Program

ACC Residency × ACC Sound Art Lab

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. We look forward to hearing from prospective participants who are interested in taking part with an open mind.



‘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, we hope 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.


Residency Length
6 months - 6 months
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
May apply as a team
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Visual Arts
Installation Arts
New Genres
Digital Media
Electronic Arts
Multimedia Arts
Sound Art
Virtual Reality
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in public programming
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Give artist talk or presentation
Accessible Housing
Meals Provided
No meals are provided
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Dedicated Studio/Shop Technicians - Part Time
Dedicated Metal Shop
Plasma Cutter
Soldering Workspace
Metal Plate Shear
Woodworking Tools
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Universally designed
Type of Housing
Private housing off campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Additional Eligibility Information

1. Overview

○ 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.

○ Eligibility

   - 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

○ Selection

   - 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


2. Program Details

○ ‘23 creation/production theme: Futures of Listening

Creation/Production Program: Four Lectures and Workshops (mandatory)

   - May 2023/ Urban Soundscape (Scoring the City)/ Gascia Ouzounian(Professor of University of Oxford), Suk-Jun Kim (Professor of University of Aberdeen)

   - June 2023/ Immersive Sound Arts/ TBD

   - June 2023/ Data Sonification/ Tae Hong Park(Professor of New York University)

   - July 2023/ Sounding Modernities/ meLê yamomo(Professor of University of Amsterdam)

       ※ Details subject to change.

Online Information Session

   - 2pm(KST), 19 January, 2023 ACC Youtube Channel(@AsiaCultureCenter)

   - Details of the theme and the selection criteria

   - Q&A

   - Online information session with korean and english subtitle will be added and uploaded on ACC Youtube afterwards


3. Support Areas

Creative Support: 2,000,000 KRW/month

  ※ Payable with usage of studio for 10+ days a month

  ※ Payable to up to two members per group for six months

Project Support: 15,000,000 KRW/artist (group)

Workspace: Individual workroom at ACC/group

Presentation of Results: Open studio showcase exhibition at ACC Asia Plex Studio

Accommodations: Individual accommodations provided (one unit per person)

Airfare: Non-South Korean nationals, South Korean nationals who have resided overseas for at least one year as of the announcement date

   - Accommodations and other forms of support are available through the showcase period (two to three weeks in November), while creative support is offered for a six-month period between May and October.

   - When needed for project-related creative activities, ACC creation/production studio use and equipment may be provided based on prior discussions.

      ※ Guide to the ACC Asia Plex Studio

   - Project support includes all necessary expenses for production.

   - ACC is to provide the necessary space and equipment as agreed upon for project presentation.

      ※ Assistance will be provided with visa issuance documents and services, but ACC does not assume any responsibility for problems that arise due to visa replacement, reissuance, or extensions.


4. Required Documents

○ One application (includes consent to personal information collection): Designated format (*Editable file)

○ Portfolio: Designated format (*.pdf, up to 30 pages [including cover], maximum 50MB)

○ One recommendation(foreign applicant): Free format (*.pdf)


5. 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.


6. Application Review

○ Initial document review (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.


7. Selection Announcement

○ Method of announcement: ACC website

○ Announcement dates

   - Initial document review: Wednesday, February 22, 2023

   - Interview 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.


8. Additional Information

○ Participants bear full responsibility for any issues that arise from conflicts with others’ intellectual property rights.

   ※ Participants’ selection will be revoked if they are found to have stolen another person’s idea or violated intellectual property rights.

○ Participants selected in different areas will be required to sign a separate agreement to abide by all terms of program operation.

○ Specifics concerning the copyrights of project outcomes may differ by area.

○ Participants may have their residency revoked or suffer other disadvantages in the following cases:

   - If they are found to have deliberately falsified or omitted information in their submitted documents

   - If they are found to be receiving additional support during their residency period through a commission or support project by ACC or any similar institution in Korea or overseas

      ※ Participants will have their selection revoked and be required to repay support funds if it is discovered even after the fact that they received additional support and/or benefits.

   - If they are found to have already presented or proposed and executed a similar project

   - If their schedule situation does not permit them to sustain residency activities (requirement of 10+ days of studio use per month)

   -  If they suffer health issues that prevent execution of the program’s requirements or pose a risk of contagion


Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
Residency Fees
Fee Details

○ Creative Support: 2,000,000 KRW/month

   ※ Payable with usage of studio for 10+ days a month

   ※ Payable to up to two members per group for six months

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details
○ Project Support: 15,000,000 KRW/artist (group)
    Application Fee
    US Dollar (USD)
    Application Type
    Open application