SHAPE – Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe

A new European platform went live!

Les Siestes Electroniques festival
Les Siestes Electroniques festival

The European platforms, a new form of support within the European Union’s Creative Europe programme, foster the promotion of emerging talents as well as the circulation of their works throughout Europe.
SHAPE – A new 3-year initiative co-funded by Creative Europe programme, gathers 16 European non-profit organisations active within the ICAS – International Cities of Advanced Sound network, to create a platform that aims to support, promote and exchange innovative and aspiring musicians and interdisciplinary artists with an interest in sound. SHAPE attempts to present a variety of idiosyncratic sounds from all over Europe, and to provide audiences and professionals with insightful lectures, talks and workshops by experts in various fields related to sound and performance.
Every year all platform’s members will collectively choose 48 musicians to participate in a mix of live performances, residencies, workshops and talks across festivals and special events.
SHAPE will focus on artist presentations (concerts and exhibitions) and educational activities, aimed at the wide audience, artists as well as cultural workers.
Although the work on the platform is already running from December the 1st 2014, the public will see the SHAPE project launching at Berlin’s CTM Festival for Adventurous Music and Art 2015 with a Meet and Greet event on Thursday, January 29th, 16:00 at the Projektraum of the Kunstquartier Bethanien. Presentations by several SHAPE members and selection of participating artists will give an insight into the upcoming year of activities, musical projects, and beyond. All interested artists, professionals and the general public are welcome to come and meet SHAPE coordinators and musicians!

CTM festival (c) Marco Microbi
CTM festival (c) Marco Microbi

CTM (23.01.2015 – 01.02.2015) will also be the first event of 2015 to include SHAPE artist presentations and educational events. Other SHAPE festivals, like Rokolectiv (Bucharest) and Cytetart (Dresden), will soon follow, developing an ongoing chain of activities throughout the year.
The SHAPE website is coming soon, and so is the full list of the 48 SHAPE artists for 2015! The website will serve to highlight the individual artists chosen for SHAPE, as well as the participating festivals.

SHAPE members organisations are:
Arcadi / Némo – Paris, FR
CTM Festival / DISK e.V. – Berlin, DE
Cynetart Festival / TMA Hellerau e.V. – Dresden, DE
Festival Maintenant / Association Electroni[K] – Rennes, FR
Insomnia Festival / Association – Tromso, NO
Les siestes électroniques / Association Rotation – Toulouse, FR
Meet Factory – Prague, CZ
MoTA – Museum for Transitory Art – Ljubliana, SL
musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst – Graz, AT
RIAM Festival / Technè – Marseilles, FR
Rokolectiv Festival / Association – Bucharest, RO
Schiev Festival / Black Drop Productions – Brussels, BR
Skaņu Mežs Festival / Association – Riga, LV
TodaysArt Festival / The Generator Foundation – The Hague, NL
UH Festival / Ultrasound Foundation – Budapest, HU
Unsound Festival / Fundacja Tone – Krakow, PL

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