The European Media Art Platform (EMAP), initiated by werkleitz and co-funded by Creative Europe since 2018, is a consortium of 16 leading European media art organisations specialised in Digital and Media Art, Bio Art and Robotic Art. The consortium includes several renowned festivals dealing with these interdisciplinary art forms. In addition to the 16 permanent members of the consortium, an annually changing international residency host organisation is part of the EMAP board.
Through an open call, EMAP members offer practitioners two-month residencies built on the legacy of the European Media Artist in Residence Exchange (EMARE) which has existed since 1995.
The residency is based on intercultural and interdisciplinary knowledge exchange between the selected artists, host organisations and various experts from science, arts and technology involved to consult, support or train the artists. Each member host provides an artist grant, travel expenses, production budget, paid accommodation during the residency and access to labs and facilities. Furthermore, the EMAP residency includes events like solo exhibitions and group shows, on- and offline conferences and capacity building workshops to share knowledge. EMAP also acts as a marketplace for media art partners to select artists and works for their own festivals and exhibitions. The international partner network is constantly growing and currently offers artists the opportunity to present their work to over 100 partners in 40 countries.