April 3 2017
Last week, I went on a trip to Tokyo with my Project Iridescent team so I wanted to write a short post about our trip. If you don’t already know, Project Iridescent has three different teams within it: Audio Team, Visual Team and PR Team. All three teams have very different goals however our common goal is to create an event where we can invite women of all backgrounds and ages to discuss how we can empower women all over the world.
The Visual Team works on creating zines which are small magazines created by independent artists. Our zines are centered around female empowerment but also incorporate themes such as isolation, mental illness and relationships. During this project week, visual team concentrated on expanding their curiosity and getting inspiration for future zines as well as gain skills in order to improve the value and the quality of our zines. They attended a book workshop, during which they had the opportunity to make small journals out of various materials. It was incredibly useful for them to acquire knowledge about letterpress printing, bookbinding, illustration techniques and other aspects of making books and other printed materials, whether it is through analogue or digital means.
The Audio Team is working on creating a podcast, featuring various written and spoken poetry pieces that they will analyze and report about in the context of gender and relationships. During project week, they attended a meeting with Mrs. Wagner, Co-founder of Lean In Tokyo. Lean In Tokyo is an organisation based on the philosophies outlined in the book Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg. It’s mission is to build a society where all women can pursue their ambitions. We interviewed her about her activities in Lean In Tokyo, discussed Project Iridescent’s future goals and possible collaborations. Some of the questions we discussed were “How are female leaders portrayed in Japan today?” as well as “What barriers exist to realising female empowerment?”. Furthermore, in order to get more inspiration and knowledge about the media world, both visual and audio teams attended Shibuya Tokyo Fashion Events. We also attended an exhibition at an art gallery in Meiji Jingumae: PREFACE: Image Politics in Fashion and Arts. Shortly after project week, Appy and I attended Slush Asia where we met the owner of BnA Art Hotel Tokyo, a unique location where we may be able to host events in the future.
The PR Team focused on networking and getting potential sponsors interested in our organization. They conducted a presentation and session in front Mr. Ide (SCSK Corporation). The presentation was conducted in front of the ‘’Diversity promotion section’’ and ‘’Human Resources Planning Departure’’ sections of the company. We had introduced our project to them and the final goal of the Project Iridescent. Also, we had a discussion with them talking about what kind of actions they do and have been doing towards eradicating gender inequality in Japan. Through this, we learned about their actions and thoughts about this issue as well as more learning skills that can help to solve this global issue. Moreover, we could get other contacts to cooperate in the future with. It was an extremely important and useful experience for us. We developed a lot in several fields: negotiating skills, communication, cooperation, problem solutions by looking at different ways and perspectives.
Moving on, Project Iridescent is planning on continuing to make zines as well as podcasts and expand our audience through events in Tokyo. Be sure to follow our Instagram @projectiridescent to follow our journey!