faster than light-a performative journey by Kentaro Kumanomido and Thomas Anthony Owen
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Kentaro Kumanomido and Thomas Anthony Owen, first artists in residence of the EMAP/EMARE platform at the Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens, invite us on a performative journey along the margins of consciousness.

During their 2 months residency, the artists explored various non-digital networks in a urban context such as Athens and developed their new project called “Faster than Light”, an intermedia project focused on the intersections of technology, identity, consciousness, trauma, and survival. Through filmmaking, movement research, and visionary fiction, Kumanomido and Owen developed work for multimedia broadcasts throughout the city of Athens.


Faster than light is a performative journey along the margins of consciousness, where we pick up shards of fragmented code belonging to a mythical operating system whose name has been long-forgotten. lately, we’ve heard whispers on the wind of a string of letters sounding something like “ freeeedommm” we will brew a pot of something strange, in order to entice, through scent, this memory of our remembering.

“Kentaro & Thomas”


Kentaro Kumanomido and Thomas Anthony Owen are improvisational choreographers based in Europe. Together, they form the core of electric shepherds (est. 2015), an art-as-research collaboration focused on creating femme-forward contexts for radical queer embodiment, new media practices, and quasi-mystical encounters.

Faster than light project will be presented at the Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens on the 27th and 28th of June 2018. More information here:

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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!