European Media Art Network / European Media Artists in Residence Exchange
Chair: Peter Zorn
2nd Chair: Prof. Mike Stubbs
European Media Art Network
European Media Artists in Residence Exchange
The 'European Media Art Network' (EMAN) developed out of the European Media Artists in Residence Exchange which takes place since 1995. EMAN was founded in 2007 by four key European media art institutions – Impakt (Holland), InterSpace (Bulgaria), VIVID (Great Britain) and Werkleitz (Germany) – with the support of the European Union's 'Culture 2007' programme. Within the framework of the 'European Media Artists in Residence Exchange' programme (EMARE), since 2009 it is joined by the foundation for Art and Creative Techology (FACT) in Liverpool, UK and the Bandits-MagES organisation in Bourges, France. this new network annually awards production grants to outstanding European media artists. EMAN furthermore serves research into and the production, presentation and distribution of media art in Europe.
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: More InFORMATION: http://www.emare.eu/
THE PROGRAM ALSO INCLUDES A SHOWCASE OF SELECTED EMARE PRODUCTIONS OF THE PAST 15 YEARS PRESENTED BY PETER ZORN, EMAN / EMARE MANAGER AND PROF. MIKE STUBBS, CEO of FACT, LIVERPOOL.
Bios of the Presenters
Peter Zorn, born 1967 in Traunstein, Germany, studied 1990 - 95 in the experimental film class of Prof. Birgit Hein at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brunswick. He co-founded the Werkleitz Association, the Centre for Media Art in Saxony-Anhalt, in 1995 he initiated and since then coordinates the European Artists in Residence Exchange (EMARE) of the European Media Art Network (EMAN) and and is co-director of the Werkleitz Biennale / Werkleitz Festival. Since 2011 he heads the Professional Media Master Class at Werkleitz Media Art Centre. He works as film maker, producer, media researcher and media art curator / expert (i.e. for the Goethe Institute) in Werkleitz and Halle (Saale).
Mike Stubbs is the Director/CEO of FACT, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, the UK's leading organisation for the commissioning and presentation of film, video and new media art forms. Stubbs was jointly appointed in May 2007 by John Moores Liverpool University, where he is Professor of Art, Media and Curating. Previously he was Head of Program for ACMI, the Australian Centre for Moving Image, Senior Research Resident at The University of Dundee’s Visual Research Centre and founding Director at Hull Time Based Arts (HTBA). A driving force behind ROOT, Burning Bush Bush and the Abandon Normal Devices festivals, Stubbs has commissioned and produced over 350 exhibitions, interactive, site specific, performative, sound and moving-image based exhibition programmes and artworks. These include White Noise, Stanley Kubrick and Pixar for ACMI, Sk-Interfaces and Pipilotti Rist for FACT’s Capital of Culture 2008 programme. Stubbs is part of Liverpool Biennial’s curatorium. Stubbs is an award-winning and respected moving image artist. His own work encompasses film, video, mixed media installations and performance. He has won more than a dozen major international awards including first prizes at the Oberhausen and Locarno film festivals, and in 1999 was invited to present a video retrospective of his work at the Tate Gallery, London.