Adam Donovan and Katrin Hochschuh started the EMAP kick-off residency at KONTEJNER
  • Photo: Courtesy of Adam Donovan and Katrin Hochschuh

Adam Donovan and Katrin Hochschuh have started their EMAP – European Media Art Platform kick-off residency in Zagreb. During the residency, Donovan and Hochschuh will work on a production of a new artwork Empathy Swarm – Non anthropomorphic swarm robot behavior using emotion recognition reinforcement and experimenting with human-robot social interactions.

Empathy swarm is a 2-year project building upon topics of consequences of what defines the demographic cohorts of our current society, hints at the characterizing aspects of the next future generation and tries to act as a preventative medicine for a dystopian future.

On Thursday, 26 of April at 2 p.m. at Gallery SC, Donovan and Hochschuh will hold a hands-on workshop Psychophysics Machines Jam Session for students of Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb. Artists will transfer the basic knowledge of robotics, directional sound and visual control ranging from working with mechatronic systems to programming in processing. Artist duo will talk about the insight into their artistic practice and participants will have the possibility to engage with robots.

On Wednesday, 2nd of May at 10 p.m. at the Gallery SC Adam Donovan and Katrin Hochschuh w/ Łukasz Szałankiewicz aka Zenial will perform a piece Saturn3 meets Empathy Swarm, this will be the first time that the artists use emotion system prototype live on stage as part of performance setup. On Thursday, 3rd of May at 6 p.m. Adam Donovan will also hold a lecture titled Robotics in/and music at &TD Theatre. The programme is organized in collaboration with associate partners Showroom of Contemporary Art and Kontejner’s Mochvara Gallery.

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!