Collaboration and Community Building in Contemporary Art is an international network project supported by Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education for a two-year period January 2018 to December 2019.

The aim is to develop a platform for studying socially engaged art in a globalized world. We take Japan and Denmark as comparative examples, since the two countries share issues of cultural and social concern: how to revitalise rural areas that are subject to depopulation and aging communities. We hope to expand the network to other geographical areas and to broaden the scope of knowledge and experience.

The network will look at current trends of using contemporary art for collaboration and community building in rural areas in Japan and Denmark. By engaging local residents, artists, scholars, activists, curators, educators, and cultural managers in a series of workshops and research stays, the network investigates ways to exchange knowledge and experience of art in site specific and local communities to a global context.

The network project is organised and executed by three international partners: Professor Mōri Yoshitaka from Tokyo University of the Arts, Associate Professor Anemone Platz from Aarhus University, and Associate Professor Gunhild Borggreen from University of Copenhagen (project manager).

Participants include scholars, students, artists, activist, curators, educators and cultural managers and others with an interest in the study and/or practice of collaboration and community-building in contemporary art. How can artists, scholars, activists, curators, educators, and cultural managers exchange the experiences and outcomes of socially engaged art movements across borders?