Concept

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.

 

EMAN/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.).

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

Structure

  • Partner organizations meet on different occasions (attransmediale, ars electronica, Werkleitz Festival, DEAF, Impakt Festival, etc.), to coordinate activities.

  • All EMAN partner organisations issue a joint, Europe-wide call for entries.

  • All EMAN partner 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 should include the application form, a CV, (audio)visual documentation of approx. 3 reference projects and a proposal including technical reader and timeframe for the project to be developed with EMARE aid. Students are not permitted to apply but young artists are encouraged.

Aims

  • to create a European network of Media Labs in collaboration

  • to host Media Artists from all parts of Europe and facilitate exchange

  • 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. for European Union funding

  • 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

References

  • More than 150 projects commissioned: Super 16 short films, video art, video installations, interactive installations, software based projects, websites, computer animations, performances, sound art projects and research.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • EMARE presentations and conferences: ars electronica, Linz; WRO Biennale, Wroclaw; transmediale, Berlin; Root Festival, Hull; Media Architektura, Riga; ISEA, Helsinki-Talinn–Stockholm; Goethe Institutes in Brussels, Mexico City and Bombay; U3 Triennale for Contemporary Art, Lublijana; cynet art, Dresden, ELEKTRA festival Montréal, Xcommunicate at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane

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

  • 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