Call for Applications – Residencies for European media artists in 2020 and 2021

Does an AI dream of tulips? Can an intimate kiss be translated into neuro-feedback data? What would the ultimate species for the end of the world look like? These are some of the questions which artists are playfully exploring through new technologies – from digital media to bio art and robotics – within the framework of the European Media Artists Residency Exchange programme.

Eleven renowned media arts institutions from all over Europe – from FACT in Liverpool and LABoral in Gijón to Onassis Stegi in Athens and RIXC in Riga – have joined forces and with the generous support of the EU’s Creative Europe Programme created the European Media Art Platform (EMAP). The programme supports emerging European media artists with a grant to produce new work, and a two-month residency at a host institution with access to their facilities and in-house expertise.

Over the last two years, the success of the initiative can be demonstrated through high quality exhibitions, and EMAP alumni winning numerous accolades. Last year’s artists in residence Karen Lancel and Hermen Maat have been awarded by the Global AI ART Competition of the Tsinghua University; Chloé Galibert-Laîné and Kevin B. Lee won the Eurimages Lab Project Award at the film festival in Karovy Vary; Anna Ridler’s work MOSAIC VIRUS received an honorary mention at Ars Electronica 2018, and was also shown at the prestigious Barbican in London this year.

EMAP is now calling for applications for residencies in the years 2020 and 2021.

Call for Applications – Residencies for European media artists in 2020 and 2021

The European Media Art Platform will offer EMARE (European Media Artist in Residence Exchange) residencies for artists working in the fields of digital media – in internet and computer-based arts, in sound or video art, in media-based performance, as well as in robotics or bio-art. The upcoming call covers residency stays in 2020 and in 2021 at eleven renowned European media art organisations.
European artists can apply with a project proposal for a residency at one of the following institutions:
• Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria
• Onassis Stegi, Athens, Greece
• Bandits Mages, Bourges, France
• FACT, Liverpool, United Kingdom
• IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture, Utrecht, the Netherlands
• Kontejner, Zagreb, Croatia
• LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón, Spain
• M-Cult, Helsinki, Finland
• RIXC, Riga, Latvia
• WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland
• Werkleitz Centre for Media Art, Halle (Saale), Germany
The residencies are for two months in one of two time frames, either from March to August 2020 or from January to May 2021. Applicants can choose one of the two options or indicate that they are available for both. EMARE includes a grant of 3.000 €, a project budget of 4.000 €, free accommodation, travel expenses up to 500 €, free access to technical facilities and media labs of the host institution, consultation by production and market experts and a professional presentation as well as the option to participate in exhibition tours at our members festivals in 2020-2021.

Applications should be submitted online and must include a CV, (audio)-visual documentation of previous work and a preliminary plan or sketch of the proposed project to be developed within the EMARE programme. Applicants must be EU residents and taxpayers in an EU member country. Undergraduate and Master’s students are not eligible (PhDs are accepted), but emerging artists, regardless of age, are encouraged to apply.

More information and application at:

Deadline for Applications: December 2nd 2019, 12:00 CET

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE @ gallery Kleiner von Wiese, Berlin
  • © Doug Fishbone

Doug Fishbone’s EMAP/EMARE work ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE will be part of the exhibition: BONUM ET MALUM at gallery Kleiner von Wiese in Berlin from 8th of September 2019 to 12th of January 2020.

We kindly invite you to the opening on September 7th, 15:00-22:00.



EMAP Group Exhibition and Quimera Rosa Artist Walk@Ars Electronica Festival 2019
  • Clams © Marco Barotti (IT)
  • Trans*Plant: May the Chlorophyll be with/in you © Quimera Rosa (AR/ES/FR)

The Ars Electronica Festival 2019 will be held from Thursday, September 5, to Monday, September 9, 2019 at several locations in Linz – first and foremost at the POSTCITY close to the Linz Central Station. In 2019, Ars Electronica celebrates its 40th anniversary and, as always, looks to the future. In keeping with its title Out of the Box – the Midlife Crisis of the Digital Revolution, the festival embarks on an expedition to artistically and scientifically survey our modern world and its techno-economic influences, asking questions about our future prospects and options for action.

During the festival an EMAP group exhibition will take place at POSTCITY where the following EMAP artists will exhibit their residency work:

Clams, Marco Barotti (IT)
Online Culture Wars, DISNOVATION.ORG (FR/PL)
Speculative Artificial Intelligence, Birk Schmithüsen (DE)
The Eye of the Other, MAEID — Daniela Mitterberger (AT), Tiziano Derme (IT/AT)
The Hidden Life of an Amazon User, Joana Moll (ES)
Trans*Plant: May the Chlorophyll be with/in you, Quimera Rosa (AR/ES/FR)

On 5th September 2019 2–3:30pm you are invited to join the Artist Walk with Quimera Rosa, who will introduce their work Trans*PlantTrans*Plant is a transdisciplinary project that utilizes living systems and is based on self-experimentation: it is a process that involves a “human > plant” transition in various formats. The Expert Tour starts at POSTCITY, WE GUIDE YOU Meeting Point.
More information and application to the Artist Walk here:


For more information about the Ars Electronica Festival and the EMAP exhibition please have a look at the Festival Homepage:

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!