Open Call for Portfolio Presentations

Koganecho Bazaar is an art festival hosted by the Koganecho Area Management Center (KAMC), an NPO that uses art to revitalize the Koganecho urban area in Yokohama, Japan. 98B COLLABoratory (98B) and KAMC have been in collaboration since 2012.  The first project involved a residency and exchange program with Japanese artist Jun Homma and Japanese architect Yumiko Ishihara.  They were teamed up with local artists Don Dalmacio and Con Cabrera.  This culminated in a curated Manila guidebook.  In the last Koganecho Bazaar, 98B recommended artist Joey Cobcobo to take part in a two month artist residency program.  This resulted into an exhibition entitled GRAND: Ojisan /Obasan which was part of the Koganecho Bazaar 2013For 2014, 98B will again work with KAMC in selecting a Filipino artist to have the opportunity to stay, develop and present a new body of artworks for the Koganecho Bazaar 2014 which coincides with the Yokohama Triennale. 

 If you are interested please submit your portfolio to with the subject title: 98B/KB14 Open Call.  This is open to all Filipino visual artists working on any media, based in the Philippines, no age limit.  Portfolios must be in PowerPoint format, maximum of 10 slides (not including opening slide), not exceeding 25mb, opening slide must contain name and other pertinent info. Presentations must be reflective of your artist statement/goals/ practice/current works.  Indicate the following details in the body of the email:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Contact Info (mobile and landline)

Please attach your CV (maximum of 2 pages) and a photocopy of your passport in the same email as well.  Incomplete submissions will be disqualified; one email per applicant.

 Sixteen (16) portfolios will be selected by 98B.  Selected artists should attend the briefing on January 11, 2014, Saturday, 1pm at 98B. Artists will be given a schedule and will be asked to present from 12:30pm – 5:00pm on January 14 and from 9:00am – 1:00pm on the January 15.  Each artist will be given a 25-minute time frame which will be divided as follows:

  • 10-minute slide presentation
  •  5 minute English to Japanese translation
  • 10 minute Q&A

NOTE: there will be a 5 min interval in between each presentation.

Curators from KAMC will be in attendance during the artist presentations.

 The portfolios will serve as a basis for the possible creative work for the residency.  Portfolios can be from any creative genre.  Evaluators from KAMC and 98B will view the presentations and current body of work with these in mind:

  • Possible use of facilities that the organizers will provide,
  • Availability to the public audience,
  • Competence, aptitude and bearing in creatively translating spatial information, and
  • Capacity to create unexhibited, original works given the limitations of time and space.

From the 16 artists, only one will be selected by the screening committee in Japan to take part in the residency program and will get an assured slot to take part in Koganecho Bazaar 2014.  This will be announced on February 2014.  Final artist selection will also be based on the following:

  • Ability to work independently,
  • Capacity for collaborative and resourceful exercises,
  • Openness to accepting and sharing ideas,
  • Distinct art expression,
  • Explores diverse media, disciplines and practice, and
  • Grounded in their identity as artists, Filipinos and citizens of the world.

 Deadline for submission of portfolios will be on 11:59pm on January 5, 2014.  Those who will be selected to present their portfolios will be notified on or before January 8, 2014 and must attend the orientation/briefing on January 11, 2014, 1pm at 98B.

 Artists with the chosen portfolios should be able to present their portfolios on the scheduled time and date at 98B which is located at the Mezzanine Floor of the First United Building, 413 Escolta Street, Binondo, Manila.  The schedule will be strictly followed (non-appearance or tardiness will forfeit your chance to present).  We suggest that you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your schedule. 

 The qualified artist will be expected to stay in Japan for at least 30 days (up to 90 days) for the artist in residence program, create new works, be present during the opening and take part in the succeeding activities of Koganecho Bazaar 2014 in August.  The roundtrip airfare, production cost and honorarium, including per diem will be covered by KAMC.

 All applicants are enjoined to consider these dates:

  • January 5                Deadline of portfolio open call
  • January 8                Notification of shortlisted artists (98B will inform via email)
  • January 11              Orientation/Briefing
  • January 14/15         Artist Presentations
  • February-April         Consultation with 98B (for the selected artist)

June-September      Residency period/Koganecho Bazaar (for the selected artist; flexible depending on the details of the consultation; must include a minimum 30 day (up to 90 days) stay in Koganecho area).

 If you cannot make yourself be available on these said dates, please forego the application to make way for those who can adequately subscribe to the above-mentioned schedule.

 Please take note that the 98B/KB14 Open Call is different from the International Open Call.  Here is the link for the International Open Call on Koganecho's website:  Those who will participate in the 98B/KB14 Open Call can still submit project proposals to the International Open Call.