Open Call – “Online Lodging” and “Virtual Travel”


Organiser: Minamisanriku AIR
Support: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Cooperation: V2_Lab for the Unstable Media, Satellietgroep

“Online Lodging” (オンライン宿泊) is a concept that emerged in post-COVID Japan, where deserted inns started to provide virtual hospitality via Zoom. While most people cast doubt on its viability, those who have actually joined in rate it 5 stars, in terms of Value, Rooms, and Service. One would wonder, “What’s the point of staying anywhere online?”, but think about what makes your journey special: the feeling of getting to know a place and encounters with fellow travellers. Perhaps, the essence of travel can be better experienced online, depending on how things are arranged.

In the first round of V-AIR (virtual artist-in-residence) at Minamisanriku = Hague Special Art Experiment Zone (SAEZ), we are recruiting two Netherlands-based artists to make an artistic version of Online Lodging and Virtual Travel.

The gate closes on 23:59 (CEST) 30 June 2021 23:59 (CEST) 11 July 2021. If you are elected, you will receive 1,500 EUR virtual travel stipend + 500 EUR production budget, entirely funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Flexible residency periods between 20 July – 31 August 2021

The participants will be announced on 20 July 2021 23 July 2021. Presentations are planned in October 2021.

Jurors: Yukiko Shikata (Independent curator based in Tokyo), Michel van Dartel (V2, Rotterdam), Jacqueline Heerema (Satellietgroep), and Yoshinari Nishiki (TOFU, Rotterdam). For any enquiry regarding the opportunity, please contact:

We are looking forward to your application!

Proceed with Travel The gate has been closed!