The call for 2020 and 2021 is closed.
The next call for 2022 is expected to take place in autumn 2021.

virtual exhibition tour @LABoral
  • © LABoral

On January 20, 2021 at 7 pm (CTM+1) LAboral will be streaming a tour through their virtual exhibition When the butterflies of the soul, flutter their wings. You can watch it via FB, youtube and
@LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial

Among others three EMAP/EMARE artists are participating at the exhibition: María Castellanos & Alberto Valverde, Lancel/Maat and Birk Schmithüsen.

Cyborg Futures: Who doesn’t want to live forever? @ IMPAKT
  • Cyborg Futures @ IMPAKT

Join us on 17 December for the launch of the web-project Cyborg Futures: Who doesn’t want to live forever? The online event is free.

The Cyborg Futures web project includes works and presentations by EMAP artists Lancel/Maat and Hochschuh/Donovan, alongside numerous other artists and speakers including: Klasien van de Zandschulp & Ali Eslami, Simon Dogger, Monobanda, Wouter van Noort, Dan Hassler-Forest and Anneke Smelik.

Today’s rapid developments in AI, robotics and science will make people more like machines and vice versa. Not only are we creating robots that are increasingly true-to-life, but we are attempting to move beyond the limits of our impermanent bodies with the help of technological upgrades. Who doesn’t want to live forever? But what if man and machine become so similar that we can no longer tell them apart?  What would it be like to live in a world where technology and the organism have merged? How do we relate to robots and cyborgs that are taken for granted as part of society?

The same evening, Impakt invites you to a special online presentation with Cyborg artist Stelarc. Stelarc has worked on themes like the role of cyborgs, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics ever since the late 1960s, giving his body technological extensions and engaging in extreme interactions with machines. He has swallowed micro cameras to display the inside of his body, had a third ear surgically attached to his left arm, and placed himself in a harness so that the public could control his body remotely.

IMPAKT event and launch web-project:
Cyborg Futures: Stelarc
17 December 2020 // 19:30 h // online
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Cyborg Futures is a continuation of a Dutch-German partnership between the NRW Forum and IMPAKT, in collaboration with the Heartwire collective. The project is partly funded by the Dutch consulate in Düsseldorf and Creative Industries Fund NL.

Robertas Narkus @ Venice Biennale 2022
  • Robertas Narkus, prospect revenge performance, CAC Vilnius 2018 © Julijus Balčikonis

EMAP/EMARE artist Robertas Narkus is chosen to represent Lithuania at the 59th Venice Biennale of contemporary art in 2022.

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Martin Nadal Workshop @ Onassis Stegi
  • FANGo © Martin Nadal

FANGo is a defense weapon against surveillance capitalism. Disguised as a mobile phone charger, a microcontroller takes control of the smartphone in which it is plugged in.
In this two-part workshop, the artist will introduce participants to the concept of surveillance capitalism and how it works, and he will present examples of works from other artists who examine similar ideas through their work.

The workshop will take part on Sun 6th Dec 6pm @ Onassis Stegi:

Online Premiere of Seeing I: The Other (Mark Farid)
  • Seeing I by artist Mark Farid. Photography by Milla Lewis
  • Seeing I by artist Mark Farid. Photography by Sophie le Roux.
  • Seeing I by artist Mark Farid. Photography by Sophie le Roux.

On 4th December 2020, from the moment Ibrahima wakes up, to the moment Ibrahima goes to sleep, his 360 degree, first person point of view life will be shown online. VR compatible. The Other life shown for the first time on Friday, 4.12. 11:45 - 18:45 CET here: and

Seeing I: The Other (2020) is part of the project Seeing I (2021), where artist Mark Farid for 24-hours a day, for 14-days, will wear a virtual reality headset, experiencing life through the eyes and ears of one person; hearing only what they hear and seeing only what they see for two weeks. Seeing I: The Other explores the movement of people in 2020; how different cultures, societies, and languages affects one’s sense of self, and – especially during the coronavirus pandemic – the ability to share in one’s experience and world, only through digital technologies. It shows different people’s lives from around the world streamed online, in a first-person point of view, 360-degree field of view, 24-continuous-hour recording. Exploring how people respond to continuous and constant self-surveillance, whilst also testing bespoke technologies in real-life circumstances.

The EMARE residency has allowed Farid to trial the use of the bespoke recorder internationally for the first time, allowing Farid to further understand the ways in which the personal characteristics, varying cultures and the location of the participants will help determine the final selection of the Other for Seeing I (2021). Farid asks the participants to simply wear the recorder and live their life as they otherwise normally would.

Starting on 4th December 2020, the first life shown on will be that of Ibrahima (36), an asylum seeker from West Africa. In 2003, Ibrahima moved to the north east of England to avoid war, where he was granted indefinite right to remain by the UK government. In 2008 he had his indefinite right to remain status revoked. In 2015, Ibrahima had his indefinite right to remain re-instated by the Home Office; however, he was not given back his passport or national insurance number. For the last 12 years, Ibrahima has been unable to work, leave the UK, or see his children.

The next life shown on will be on 14th January 2021.

Professionalization of emerging artists
  • © Antre Peaux

Friday, 27 nov from 9:30am to 5pm there will be an online workshop for professionalization of emerging artists. The workshop is a co-organization of Antre Peaux and ENSA, linked to the EMAP network, in collaboration with and Art::LABO.

Former inscription is needed, workshop is limited to 50 participants.

Creatures in a Series of Tubes @ Onassis Stegi
  • aqua_forensic © Robertina Šebjanič, Gjino Šutić
  • FANGO © Martin Nadal
  • The Hidden Life of an Amazon User © Joana Moll
  • The Eye of the Other © Tizian Derme, Daniela Mitterberger
  • Beyond Human Perception © María Castellanos & Alberto Valverde

Is there any reality beyond the digital world? Is there any digital world out there and beyond us? Do we need the machines, or do they live, grow and reproduce themselves out there and beyond us? Which is the chain reaction being triggered by our every single online reaction? What are the limits of human existence in the digital world? The Onassis Stegi virtual exhibition, Creatures in a Series of Tubes, will try to answer these questions through a series of artworks that were created as part of the European Media Art Platform (EMAP).

Participating Artists:
Beyond Human Perception by María Castellanos (ES) & Alberto Valverde (ES)
FANGO by Martin Nadal (ES)
The Eye of the Other by Tizian Derme (AT), Daniela Mitterberger (AT)
The Hidden Life of an Amazon User by Joana Moll (ES)
aqua_forensic by Robertina Šebjanič (SI), Gjino Šutić (HR)


It is at the end of 2020, a strange year to say the least, calling for a reconfiguration of everything, that the Rencontres Mondes Multiples (Multiple Worlds Encounters) come to succeed the Rencontres Bandits-Mages, a video creation festival born in 1991. Reconfiguring, rethinking, resetting are not means of erasing, but as ways of taking a new look at the past in order to imagine and shape a future. To work on archives, pieces being around, disparate fragments, buried or camouflaged knowledges, to imagine one's future. Thinking also with illness, wounds, traumas, considering them not as broken pieces to be filled in, but as a passage, a transformation with which one must know how to build. To see and hear a Multiple World or Multiple Worlds is to enter a vortex made of complexities that we want to dissect and play with irresistibly, as apprentice sorcerers or apprentice scientists, as artists modelling a dream world, an extension of a rich heritage and various discoveries that have crossed a thousand and one times, without necessarily meeting each other well.

Participating EMAP artists:

Maria Castellanos & Alberto Velverde
Silvio Vujičic
Daniela Mitterberger & Tiziano Derme
Kat Austen
Marco Barotti
Margherita Pevere

When the butterflies of the soul flutter their wings
  • © LABoral

Three EMAP/EMARE artists are participating at LABoral exhibition When the butterflies of the soul flutter their wings, the opening of which is on Friday, Nov 27 at 7:00 p.m.

When the butterflies of the soul flutter their wings explores what potential can be found in art works that use neurotechnology, robotics or artificial intelligence. What can be evoked by art in relation to changing perceptions surrounding our understanding of the brain and the mind? What does art contribute to perception, thought, the emotions and multiple human and artificial intelligences? Through art, this exhibition aims to explore some of the expectations and questions raised by neuroscience and artificial intelligence. These fields are currently two of the world’s foremost research areas.

Curator: Karin Ohlenschläger
Artists: Guy Ben-Ary, Clara Boj & Diego Díaz, Daniel Canogar, María Castellanos & Alberto Valverde (EMARE 2020), Ursula Damm , Marco Donnarumma, Justine Emard, Emanuel Gollob, Mario Klingemann, Lancel/Maat (EMARE 2018), Laramascoto, Lisa Park, Miguel Ángel Rego Robles, and Birk Schmithüsen (EMARE 2019).


Online premiere of Stranger to the Trees (Kat Austen)
  • Stranger to the trees © Kat Austen

Stranger to the Trees is a new media project exploring the complementary coexistence of microplastics and trees as carbon sinks. How do trees and microplastics coexist in forests, capturing carbon in the time of the climate crisis?

Stranger to the Trees’ two channels of video orient around a musical composition combining traditional instruments, hacked instruments and field recordings. One video, an analogue silhouette animation mixed with live-action video, explores the macro perspective of this coexistence. The other, incorporating results from a scientific experiment into the effect of microplastics on birch trees, explores the micro perspective. Together, they query the response of forest ecosystems to the ubiquitous and irrevocable dispersal of microplastics around the Earth.

Through a co-operation with innovative online gallery curated by Kelli Gedvil and Kristen Rästas, the release of Stranger to the Trees is reconfigured, hybridised like the trees themselves, to allow the meaning and affordance of the two channels of video to be conveyed through online media fit for pandemic times.

Online premiere: Nov 21, 2020 / Sat / 4 PM
Online presentation: Nov 21–Dec 6, 2020

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The platform annually awards production grants to outstanding European media artists and supports research, production, presentation and distribution of media art in Europe and beyond.

Short history:
1995 the European Media Artists in Resicence Exchange (EMARE) was initiated by werkleitz, Hull Time Based Arts and Intermedia Department Budapest.
The ongoing residency exchange had various partners and members during the years. In 2007 the European Media Art Network (EMAN) was founded as institutional backbone for the EMARE program.
In 2007 and 2008 EMAN received support from the European Union's 'Culture 2007–2013' programme to organise a series of residencies for European artists as part of the residency programmes of the four EMAN members. In 2012 and 2013 the EU supported an exchange of European and Mexican artists for residencies at the four European EMAN members and media art labs in Mexico. For 2014 and 2015 EMAN received similar EU funding to organise a residency exchange for artists from Europe, Canada and Australia.
In 2017 newly founded EMAP (European Media Art Platform) has started to offer grants in 11 member institutions all over Europe.

The three EU fundings for these activities resulted in the move exhibitions and werkleitz festival series in Halle:
2018 EMAN expands to 11 European countries and transforms with the help of the Creative Europe funds into EMAP!