Empathy swarm @ QUT Art Museum
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The culmination of a European research project lead by artists Katrin Hochschuh and Adam Donovan, Empathy swarm experiments with human-robot social interaction, exploring whether robots can feel empathy. Using emotion recognition algorithms and camera tracking, a swarm of 50 robots adapts its behaviour and interacts with the observer. Its formations, animations and behaviour become the vocabulary of swarm expression. Visitors to the exhibition will experience the swarm of a fluid robot formation and discover how machines derive compassionate responses to humans.

The opening will be on Friday 16 August, 6.00pm at QUT Art Museum Brisbane.

Bottled Songs wins Work In Progress Award at Karlovy Vary

The €50,000 award at 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival was presented to Kevin B. Lee and Chloé Galibert-Laîne’s Bottled Songs, a co-production between Germany, France, the US and Finland, which partly was developed within EMAP/EMARE 2018 grant.

The jury described the film as “a courageous desktop documentary raising questions of privacy and identity by exploring online propaganda of the Islamic State.” Bottled Songs is expected to be ready by the middle of 2020.

Weightless by Andrej Boleslavsky @ Onassis Stegi
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Andrej Boleslavsky, artist in residence of the EMAP-EMARE platform at Onassis Stegi, will present his work-in-process on the 4th and 5th of July 2019. The presentation includes an exhibition and a discussion on the first day.
In Weightless Andrej Boleslavský transfers us to this imaginary place, through a VR environment, creating a cinematic experience of contemporary dance. As an art that is directly related to gravity - whether it aims to follow it, or defy it - dance takes on a new meaning when this power is altered.

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!