Media Art Worlds Conference

The production and presentation of media art takes place in a hybrid economy involving diverse technical and social platforms as well as a variety of institutional contexts – art museums, film festivals, science & technology centres, universities and media art organisations. It can be said that media art's potential for both digital innovations and critical interventions arises from a practice which cuts across established categories of culture and technology. However this activity can also result in a precarious position for the artist, who may feel trapped between the worlds. In this conference we hope to share expertise on how to develop projects, reach audiences and sustain practices across the many media art worlds.

The event is free of charge but requires registration. Please register by March 18 at

14:00 Welcome and introductions / Minna Tarkka (m-cult), Taru Elfving (FRAME), Carlo Imarisio (Creative Europe), Peter Zorn (Werkleitz / EMAP)
14:30 Keynote talk / Sarah Cook (LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery, New Media Scotland)
15:20 Round table #1 Art, Film and the Net / Moderator: Peter Zorn (Werkleitz)
16:00 Round table #2 Art, Science and Technology / Moderator: Veronica Liebl (Ars Electronica)
16:40 Wrap up discussion / Moderator: Arjon Dunnewind (Impakt)
17:00 Networking, Drinks and snacks
18:00 End of conference

The conference is organised by the European Media Art Platform, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Hosted by m-cult, the conference is supported by Frame Contemporary Art Finland and the Finnish Institute in London.

The platform annually awards production grants to outstanding European media artists and supports research, production, presentation and distribution of media art in Europe and beyond.

Short history:
1995 the European Media Artists in Resicence Exchange (EMARE) was initiated by werkleitz, Hull Time Based Arts and Intermedia Department Budapest.
The ongoing residency exchange had various partners and members during the years. In 2007 the European Media Art Network (EMAN) was founded as institutional backbone for the EMARE program.
In 2007 and 2008 EMAN received support from the European Union's 'Culture 2007–2013' programme to organise a series of residencies for European artists as part of the residency programmes of the four EMAN members. In 2012 and 2013 the EU supported an exchange of European and Mexican artists for residencies at the four European EMAN members and media art labs in Mexico. For 2014 and 2015 EMAN received similar EU funding to organise a residency exchange for artists from Europe, Canada and Australia.
In 2017 newly founded EMAP (European Media Art Platform) has started to offer grants in 11 member institutions all over Europe.

The three EU fundings for these activities resulted in the move exhibitions and werkleitz festival series in Halle:
2018 EMAN expands to 11 European countries and transforms with the help of the Creative Europe funds into EMAP!