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1st photo: Kissing Data by Lancel/Maat – Karen Lancel, Hermen Maat (The Netherlands). 2nd and 3rd photos: Florent di Bartolo performance at Latvian Academy of Art Photos: Didzis Grodzs

European media artists exploring future technologies through residency program

Does an AI dream of tulips? Can an intimate kiss be translated into neuro-feedback data? What would the ultimate species for the end of the world look like?

These are some of the questions which artists are playfully exploring through new technologies – from digital media to bio art and robotics – within the framework of the European Media Artists Residency Exchange programme. 

Eleven renowned media arts institutions from all over Europe – from FACT in Liverpool and LABoral in Gijón to Onassis Stegi in Athens and RIXC in Riga – have joined forces and with the generous support of the EU’s Creative Europe Programme and created the European Media Art Platform (EMAP). The programme supports emerging European media artists with a grant to produce new work, and a two-month residency at a host institution with access to their facilities and in-house expertise. 

Over the last two years, the success of the initiative can be demonstrated through high quality exhibitions, and EMAP alumni winning numerous accolades. Last year’s artists in residence Karen Lancel and Hermen Maat have been awarded by the Global AI ART Competition of the Tsinghua University; Chloé Galibert-Laîné and Kevin B. Lee won the Eurimages Lab Project Award at the film festival in Karovy Vary; Anna Ridler’s work MOSAIC VIRUSreceived an honorary mention at Ars Electronica 2018, and was also shown at the prestigious Barbican in London this year.

EMAP is now calling for applications for residencies in the years 2020 and 2021. 

Call for Applications – Residencies for European media artists in 2020 and 2021

The European Media Art Platform will offer EMARE (European Media Artist in Residence Exchange) residencies for artists working in the fields of digital media – in internet and computer-based arts, in sound or video art, in media-based performance, as well as in robotics or bio-art. The upcoming call covers residency stays in 2020 and in 2021 at eleven renowned European media art organisations. 

European artists can apply with a project proposal for a residency at one of the following institutions:

Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria 

Onassis Stegi, Athens, Greece 

Bandits Mages, Bourges, France 

FACT, Liverpool, United Kingdom 

IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture, Utrecht, the Netherlands 

Kontejner, Zagreb, Croatia 

LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón, Spain 

M-Cult, Helsinki, Finland 

RIXC, Riga, Latvia 

WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland

Werkleitz Centre for Media Art, Halle (Saale), Germany 

The residencies are for two months in one of two time frames, either from March to August 2020 or from January to May 2021. Applicants can choose one of the two options or indicate that they are available for both.

EMARE includes a grant of 3.000 €, a project budget of 4.000 €, free accommodation, travel expenses up to 500 €, free access to technical facilities and media labs of the host institution, consultation by production and market experts and a professional presentation as well as the option to participate in exhibition tours at our members festivals in 2020-2021. 

Applications should be submitted online and must include a CV, (audio)-visual documentation of previous work and a preliminary plan or sketch of the proposed project to be developed within the EMARE programme.

Applicants must be EU residents and taxpayers in an EU member country. 

Undergraduate and Master’s students are not eligible (PhDs are accepted), but emerging artists, regardless of age, are encouraged to apply. 

More information and application at: /

Deadline for Applications EXTENDED : December 9th 2019, 12:00 CET 

Contact for any further questions:
Werkleitz Gesellschaft e.V. / EMARE / Schleifweg 6 / D-06114 Halle (Saale)
phone: 49 68246-0 / fax: -29 / /

The EMARE residencies of the European Media Art Platform Creative Europe are generously funded by EU’s Creative Europe programme.


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