Ai mi Tagai, a Japanese phrase that roughly translates to mutual empathy, is the guiding theme of the Y-AIR exchange program between recent graduates of Central Saint Martins and Tokyo University of Arts. The Y-AIR program is focused on providing young emerging artists the opportunity to participate in a cultural exchange program. During their exchange, participating artists gain insight into differences that shape arts pedagogy in both the UK and Japan. The previous five years of the program have concluded with an exhibit of works from each year’s participating artists. This year, due to current circumstances the exhibition moved online. As an extension to the exhibit, Speaking with Empathy is a series of educational events, resources and programs organized by MA Culture, Criticism, and Curation students: Speaking with Empathy, is a series of pre-recorded artist talks in which Ai mi Tagai participating artists share their experiences and creative processes in the context of the residency. Speaking with Empathy’s digital reading room offers a platform to exchange resources around the central themes of the project. Additionally, the What is a residency? workshops offer third year BA students a chance to discuss opportunities available following graduation and the ways in which cultural exchange can and has influenced their own practice.

Reading Room Instagram post

The Virtual Reading Room was posted on our Instagram stories, providing background information on reading material submitted by artists that they felt was significant to their practice.

Ai Mi Tagai online showspace

From 7 December - 7 January, our project material will be featured on the main showspace website. Our video content explores the show's themes through conversations with participating artists.

Ai Mi Tagai Notion site

The Notion site serves as a digital 'workspace' for artists involved in the exhibition. We have also created our own profile on the space, and have posted material related to our process.

@speakingwithempathy

Our Instagram page was a pillar of our project, and allowed us to connect with artists, audiences, and colleagues.

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