The basic purpose of the program is to enable European artists to collaborate on projects and consequently to create closer bonds between European media organisations. The unification and extension of Europe, triggered by the collapse of the Eastern Bloc, has created new problems to be faced as well as new opportunities for cooperation and exchange. This period of transition has been characterized on the one hand, by the challenge to become more 'European'– which generally has meant, more homogenous – and, on the other, by a desire to define what constitutes national and regional identity, in order both to retrieve a sense of traditional cultures, now lost; and to consider how respective national and cultural identities might enrich and enhance one another, as opposed to being divisive.


EMAP/EMARE offers an opportunity to work within these bounds, as defined by the individual artists, which enables the latter to develop their own projects within a new context, and thereby give something back, in turn, to their host organization.

This process of encouraging artists' projects and building stronger links between media organizations is enhanced by the rapid development of network technologies and also reflects the moves towards integration taking place throughout Europe.

The various new technologies now coming to the fore require a relatively high degree of know-how and, although each individual organization has its own unique set-up, facilities and staff, opportunities for the exchange of information and skills give a further boost to the programme. Sharing insights, facilities and knowledge also fosters greater efficiency when dealing with the international media market (issues such as TV broadcasting, co-productions, co-funding, etc.) and the art world (festivals, exhibitions, screenings, etc.).

EMAP is always on the lookout for new partners, so European media centres with an interest in joining the network should please contact us.


  • Member organizations meet on different occasions (at transmediale, ars electronica, Werkleitz Festival, Bandits Mages Festival, Impakt Festival, etc.), to coordinate activities.

  • All EMAP member organisations issue a joint, Europe-wide call for entries.

  • All EMAP member organisations sit (for about 3-6 days) on the jury panel hosted by a different partner each year.

  • Any artist who works with digital media and is in possession of a valid European (or partner country) residence permit and identity card is eligible to apply.

  • Entries on should include a CV, (audio)visual documentation of approx. 3 reference projects and a precise proposal including technical reader and timeframe for the project to be developed within EMARE. Students are not permitted to apply but emerging artists are encouraged.

  • Artists present their work at their host organisation but also EMAP members might curate their work for their festivals or group shows.

  • A common presentation of all commissioned works usually finishes each EU funded project (move 2009, moveforwad 2012, moveON 2015, Werkeitz Festival 2021).

  • Further associated partner organizations help to produce, present, disseminate and promote the platform and the commissioned artists’ projects and are potential future members of the platform.


  • to create a European network of collaborating media labs

  • to host and exchange Media Artists from all around Europe

  • to benefit from diverse cultural backgrounds

  • to benefit from different kinds of competence and knowledge

  • to benefit from different infrastructures

  • to benefit from different cultural platforms and markets

  • to launch collaborative projects or co-productions between different countries

  • to exchange also cultural programs and staff

  • to do joint applications, i.e. at Creative Europe

  • to issue joint calls for applications

  • to create a joint jury and deal with all applications

  • to ultimately respect each individual's own decision regarding selection of artists


  • More than 180 artists and their projects commissioned: Super 16 short films, video art, video installations, interactive installations, software based projects, websites, computer animations, performances, sound art projects, robotics, bio art and research.

  • Since 2017 the European Media Art Network has turned into the European Media Art Platform with generous support of the Creative Europe Culture Program.

  • 2014 EMAN moved on with 3 major Australian and 3 renowned Canadian partner organisations again with support of the EU. The results will be presented Octobre 2015 at the Werkleitz festival and conference .move ON - New Media Art from Australia, Canada and Europe.

  • With the support of the European Commission 'Culture Program 2007-13 EMAN was able to organise an exchange with CANTE and Centro Multimedia in Mexico (EMARE MEX) and the exhibition .move forward - New Mexican and European Media Art 2012 in Halle (Saae) as well as the final EMARE exhibition 2013 in Mexico City organised by Centro Multimedia.

  • 2008/09 the European Media Art Network (EMAN) was founded, funded by the European Commission 'Culture Program 2007', in cooperation with additional sponsors such as the British Council and Goethe Institute.

  • European Media Art in Residence Exchange 1997, funded by the European Commission's Kaleidoscope Program.

  • Took place in 1997 under the auspices of the European Commission.

  • 1995 the European Media Art in Residence Exchange (EMARE) was initiated and is nowadays the oldest and one of the biggest media art residencies in Europe.

  • EMARE presentations and conferences include: ars electronica, Linz; WRO Biennale, Wroclaw; transmediale, Berlin; Root Festival, Hull; Media Architektura, Riga; ISEA Helsinki-Talinn–Stockholm; ISEA Istanbul, ISEA Vancouver, ISEA Manizales, European Media Art Festival Osnabrück, HeK Basel, Goethe Institutes in Brussels, Mexico City and Bombay; U3 Triennale for Contemporary Art, Lublijana; cynet art Dresden, experimenta festival Bangalore, ELEKTRA festival Montréal, Xcommunicate at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Visible Evidence Conference Toronto; Curtas Vila do Conde Festival, International Short Film Festival Dresden.

  • Award-winning EMARE grant recipients include Alina Rudnitzkaya, Joachim Blank, Lilian Jüchtern, Mike Stubbs, Charly Nijensohn, Christoph Wachter & Matthias Jud, Don Ritter, Verena Friedrich, Christina Picchi, Bernhard Hetzenauer.

  • EMARE works are in major collection such as MoMa and have been presented by big exhibitions like the Venice Biennial.

  • EU–Cultural media study: '50 best model projects for digital culture in Europe'.

  • ERICarts Report Europe

  • Prize of the World Tour of the Information Society: Voeux de l'Internet Europe 2007 at the Association of European Parlamentaires in Strasbourg.

  • One out of 15 best model projects for culture which have been presented by the European Commission  Culture 2007-2013 program at the Culture in Motion Conference 2011 in Bruxelles.