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Sounding the Future in Hong Kong
  • © Gail Priest

Sounding the Future by EMARE artist Gail Priest is being exhibited 16 to 22 May 2016 at ISEA2016 R>EVOLUTION in Hong Kong.

Sounding the Future, an immersive, audio-driven hypertext uses speculative narratives to consider what the future might sound like and how this may manifest as art. These possible futures are viewed through two filters: the integration of technology and biology resulting in trans- and posthuman conditions; and the exploitation of the sonic potentials of the new cities we imagine. Unavoidably, these futures are informed by the ways in which we listen now, so a third strand comprising theoretical and documentary material weaves present practice into future thinking.

The 'European Media Art Network' (EMAN) was founded in 2007. EMAN developed from the European Media Artists in Residence Exchange (EMARE), a project that was started in 1995. EMAN was founded by four key European media art institutions: Impakt (The Netherlands), InterSpace (Bulgaria), VIVID (Great Britain) and Werkleitz (Germany). Currently EMAN consists of FACT, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (Great Britain), Bandits-Mages (France) and the two founding members Werkleitz and Impakt.

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

In 2007 and 2008 EMAN received support from the European Union's 'Culture 2007-2013' program to organize a series of residencies for European artists as part of the residency programs 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 organize a residency exchange for artists from Europe, Canada and Australia.