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What is the BEATE SIROTA GORDON AWARD?

The Beate Sirota Gordon Award recognizes the accomplishments of an Austrian or Austria-based artist in the field of gender equality and women’s rights, by granting financial support for the implementation of a new artistic or cultural project in Japan, sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo.

Given out yearly on International Women’s Day (March 8), the Award focuses on supporting the work of young and emerging artists who explore the role of women, gender equality, and gender expressions in the context of the 21st century. The winning submission is to be presented in Japan in the same year.

This award was launched in honor of Austrian-born Beate Sirota Gordon (1923-2012), who helped draft Articles 14 and 24 of the Japanese constitution after World War II. The articles gave women unprecedented rights in marriage, family, and society. Sirota Gordon’s legacy as an advocate for women and emerging artists is remembered to this day in Japan, where she is celebrated as a heroine of the modern Japanese feminist movement.

PAST AWARD WINNERS

2023
Elsa Okazaki
"INTO THE WILD"

2022
Martha Schnuderl
“DO YOU SEE ME NOW"

AWARD

PRIZE

The winner will be awarded with a prize money of €6,000.-, sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo.

The prize money is a lump sum and includes all fees, material, production, travel and accommodation costs associated with the proposed project. The prize money will be paid out in two installments after announcement of the winner in spring 2024.

What PROJECTS TO SUBMIT?

GENDER
EQUALITY

The Beate Sirota Gordon Award enables the creation of a new artistic or cultural project in Japan that explores one or several of the following themes:

WOMEN'S
RIGHTS
GENDER
EXPRESSION

The proposed project needs to have a clear connection to Japan, and can be in any artistic medium including, but not limited to, the following fields: art, design, architecture, film, photography, music, literature, performance, installations, hybrid media.

We encourage projects that give new outlooks and perspectives on the above topics and can engage Japanese and international audiences. After completion of the project, a presentation, exhibition, screening, or similar will be held at the Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo in 2024. Collaborations with other relevant institutions and events are encouraged.

What

PROJECTS TO SUBMIT?

The Beate Sirota Gordon Award enables the creation of a new artistic or cultural project in Japan that explores one or several of the following themes:

GENDER
EQUALITY
WOMEN'S
RIGHTS
GENDER
EXPRESSION

We encourage projects that give new outlooks and perspectives on the above topics and can engage Japanese and international audiences. After completion of the project, a presentation, exhibition, screening, or similar will be held at the Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo in 2023. Collaborations with other relevant institutions and events are encouraged. 

The proposed project needs to have a clear connection to Japan, and can be in any artistic medium including, but not limited to, the following fields: art, design, architecture, film, photography, music, literature, performance, installations, hybrid media.

JURY

Edgar Honetschläger

Edgar Honetschläger is an Austrian born conceptual artist and filmmaker. Spanning a range from drawing/painting all the way to feature films, his works have been featured by distinguished institutions like documenta X, the Museum of Contemporary Art Rome or film festivals like the Berlinale.

He spent five years in the United States, 12 years in Japan, eight years in Italy and one year in Brazil. In 2006, Honetschläger established the EDOKO Institute Film Production in Vienna. In 2018, he founded the NPO gobugsgo.org. He is currently based in Tarquinia/Rome and Vienna. www.honetschlaeger.com

Yoko Shimizu

Yoko Shimizu is a researcher and artist at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, with a background in biology and chemistry. She was born in Japan and raised in the United States, where she was inspired by the art scene in New York as a child.

Her career started as a creative director and consultant for technology companies in Japan. Later, she started her own lab, receiving awards for biology-inspired installations, and has given exhibitions, talks, and performances worldwide.

Yoko currently develops innovative technologies, methods, and installations that combine science and art, and works with companies, government entities, museums, and universities around the globe. Yoko has experience in managing and directing corporate as well as government projects and also provides talks and lectures in international events and conferences. yokoshimizu.com

Sybilla Patrizia

Sybilla Patrizia is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and photographer based in Tokyo. In her work, she merges her passion for social impact and human stories with her background in fashion to create thought-provoking stories that cross the border between documentary, art and design.

In 2022, Sybilla shot the cover of the Financial Times’ HTSI Magazine, featuring Japan’s best-selling author Mieko Kawakami and ‘The Dark Side of  Manga’, a VICE short doc on child abuse in Japanese manga which won an Emmy in 2023. At Tokyo Docs 2023, ‘The Shape of Blue’ was awarded Best Pitch Award, Sunny Side of the Doc Award, and DocedgeKolkata Award. ‘A Bloody Taboo’ about the stigma against menstruation in Japan, was awarded at Tokyo Docs and premiered at Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival in 2021.

As a multilingual creative who has lived in 7 countries across 3 continents, Sybilla has worked with international media and brands including BBC, VICE, Financial Times, adidas, AnOther Magazine, NHK, Amazon Prime, and NETFLIX. sybillapatrizia.com

JURY

Edgar Honetschläger

Edgar Honetschläger is an Austrian born conceptual artist and filmmaker. Spanning a range from drawing/painting all the way to feature films, his works have been featured by distinguished institutions like documenta X, the Museum of Contemporary Art Rome or film festivals like the Berlinale.

He spent five years in the USA, 12 years in Japan, eight years in Italy and a year in Brazil. 2006 Honetschläger established the EDOKO Institute Film Production in Vienna. 2018 he founded the NPO gobugsgo.org. He is currently based in Tarquinia/Rome and Vienna. www.honetschlaeger.com

Yoko Shimizu

Yoko Shimizu is a researcher and artist at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, with a background in biology and chemistry. She was born in Japan and raised in the United States, where she was inspired by the art scene in New York as a child.

Her career started as a creative director and consultant for technology companies in Japan. Later, she started her own lab, receiving awards for biology-inspired installations, and has given exhibitions, talks, and performances worldwide.

Yoko currently develops innovative technologies, methods, and installations that combine science and art, and works with companies, government entities, museums, and universities around the globe. Yoko has experience in managing and directing corporate as well as government projects and also provides talks and lectures in international events and conferences.

Sybilla Patrizia

Sybilla Patrizia is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and photographer based in Tokyo. In her work, she merges her passion for social impact and human stories with her background in fashion to create thought-provoking stories that cross the border between documentary, art and design.

In 2022, Sybilla shot the cover of the Financial Times’ HTSI Magazine, featuring Japan’s best-selling author Mieko Kawakami and ‘The Dark Side of  Manga’, a VICE short doc on child abuse in Japanese manga which won an Emmy in 2023. At Tokyo Docs 2023, ‘The Shape of Blue’ was awarded Best Pitch Award, Sunny Side of the Doc Award, and DocedgeKolkata Award. ‘A Bloody Taboo’ about the stigma against menstruation in Japan, was awarded at Tokyo Docs and premiered at Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival in 2021.

As a multilingual creative who has lived in 7 countries across 3 continents, Sybilla has worked with international media and brands including BBC, VICE, Financial Times, adidas, AnOther Magazine, NHK, Amazon Prime, and NETFLIX.

DEADLINE

The deadline for submissions is
21 January 2024
(23:59 CET).
Late submissions will NOT be considered.

TIMELINE

Call for Submissions Opens

12 December 2023

(23:59 CET)
Submission Deadline

21 January 2024

(23:59 CET)
Announcement of 2024 Award Winner

8 March 2024

Production of Work and Presentation in Tokyo

Before end of 2024

About the AUSTRIAN CULTURAL FORUM TOKYO

The Austrian Cultural Forum (ACF) Tokyo is part of Austria’s international cultural network committed to shaping an active international cultural policy as defined in the Austrian Foreign Ministry’s International Cultural Policy Concept.

The ACF Tokyo acts as a platform for artists from Austria in Japan and supports initiatives to present a unique image of a contemporary, innovative and creative Austria. The ACF Tokyo is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

About

Beate Sirota Gordon

Beate Sirota Gordon when she was young.

Born in Vienna in 1923, Beate Sirota Gordon spent her childhood in Tokyo as the daughter of famed pianist and music professor Leo Sirota and his wife Augustine. 

About

Beate Sirota Gordon when she was young.

After completing her college degree in California, Beate Sirota Gordon traveled back to Japan in 1945 as a translation expert for the U.S. military, where, aged just 22, she was invited to be part of General Douglas MacArthur’s secret mission to help draft the new Japanese constitution after World War II. 

Beate Sirota Gordon when she was young.

After completing her college degree in California, Beate Sirota Gordon traveled back to Japan in 1945 as a translation expert for the U.S. military, where, aged just 22, she was invited to be part of General Douglas MacArthur’s secret mission to help draft the new Japanese constitution after World War II. 

Beate Sirota Gordon when she was young.

The prize money is a lump sum and includes all fees, material, production, travel and accommodation costs associated with the proposed project. The prize money will be paid out in two installments after the award ceremony in spring 2023.

Beate Sirota Gordon when she was young

Her legacy was enshrined as one of the authors of Articles 14 and 24, which provided unprecedented rights to women in marriage, divorce, property, and inheritance, laying the foundation for further women’s rights movements and making Ms. Sirota Gordon a feminist heroine in modern-day Japan.  

Beate Sirota Gordon when she was young
Beate Sirota Gordon when she was young.

The prize money is a lump sum and includes all fees, material, production, travel and accommodation costs associated with the proposed project. The prize money will be paid out in two installments after the award ceremony in spring 2023.

Beate Sirota Gordon

Beate Sirota Gordon later joined the Japan Society and Asia Society in New York City, where she supported the careers of many emerging, and often female artists from Asia over the following decades. Articles 14 and 24 of the Japanese constitution, which Ms. Sirota Gordon helped draft, are still in force today.

Beate Sirota Gordon later joined the Japan Society and Asia Society in New York City, where she supported the careers of many emerging, and often female artists from Asia over the following decades. Articles 14 and 24 of the Japanese constitution, which Ms. Sirota Gordon helped draft, are still in force today.

Beate Sirota Gordon

Her legacy was enshrined as one of the authors of Articles 14 and 24, which provided unprecedented rights to women in marriage, divorce, property, and inheritance, laying the foundation for further women’s rights movements and making Ms. Sirota Gordon a feminist heroine in modern-day Japan. 

Beate Sirota Gordon when she was young.

Born in Vienna in 1923, Beate Sirota Gordon spent her childhood in Tokyo as the daughter of famed pianist and music professor Leo Sirota and his wife Augustine.

Beate
Sirota
Gordon

MANGA

In the Austrian Cultural Forum’s Manga “From Vienna To Tokyo” embarks on a journey alongside Beate, to experience the heroic story of a girl born into a Jewish family in Vienna, finding her new home in Japan, before losing contact to her parents during World War II and eventually becoming one of Japan’s most celebrated feminist heroines.

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