• The Eye of the Other © MAEID - Daniela Mitterberger & Tiziano Derme

Communicating with plants, updating their relationship with and knowledge of witchcraft, inventing eco-technical systems where humans become superfluous, dancing with phytoplankton, planting herbicide-resistant gardens or planting virtual trees to offset the CO2 footprint of our digital life, performing the sick body with organ or molecular transplants, or synthesizing hyper-toxic green pigments, far from the images of the idealised pastoral nature... The OU\ /ERT artists open up debates around the pervasive greenness trope, get physically involved and bring plants and other symbiotic creatures into the limelight. Trans-species alliances that challenge anthropocentric claims in the age of ubiquitous greenwashing. Distrustful of green and superficial metaphors, they insist on the importance of situated knowledges related to our chlorophyllous fellow organisms, essential for all other forms of life.

Gilberto Esparza (Mexico)
Špela Petrič (Slovenia)
Quimera Rosa (France/Argentina)
Adam Brown (United States)
Agnes Meyer-Brandis (Germany)
Eva-Maria Lopez (Germany)
Joana Moll (Spain)
Francisco López (Spain)
Baggenstos & Rudolf (Switzerland)
Karine Bonneval (France)
Magali Daniaux & Cédric Pigot (France)
Jean Marc Chomaz, with Giancarlo Rizza & Vincenzo Giannini (France)
José Le Piez & Patricia Chatelain (France)
La Bruja de Texcoco (Mexico)
Lechedevirgen Trimegisto (Mexico)
Dance for Plants (France, Germany, Denmark, Belgium)
Tina Tarpgaard (Denmark)
Roger Rabbitch (Spain)
Pedro Soler (Ecuador)
Tiziano Derme & Daniela Mitterberger (Italy/Austria)

Network Effects
  • © m-cult

Network Effects is an international exhibition confronting the political, ecological and psychological effects of today's online world. The exhibited projects investigate the online landscape of propaganda, profiling and cyberwars, and make visible the algorithmic manipulation of our experience and environment.

Combining tools of research, activism and technology, the artists of Network Effects expose and disrupt the dystopic logics of the online environment. While doing so, they also encourage us to confront its mechanisms by opening up new pathways for agency and citizenship.

The exhibition venue is Oodi, Helsinki's award-winning new central library. With its nearly 10.000 daily visitors and popular citizens' co-working spaces, Oodi is a perfect place to discuss the future of online public spaces.

The opening event will take place on Sunday afternoon November 17.

Marco Barotti wins NTU Singapore Global Digital Art Prize
  • © Marco Barotti

Congratulations to Marco Barotti who wins $25,000 dotated NTU Singapore Global Digital Art Prize, beating over 440 other entries​. The biennial international competition is designed to recognise outstanding creativity in art, design and cultural heritage that makes significant use of digital tools in its creation. The theme for the inaugural edition of the Prize is The Fourth Industrial Revolution. It aims to highlight the impact of technological transformation on society and the human condition, as the convergence of the physical, biological, and digital worlds brings about numerous opportunities and challenges.

Marco Barotti’s work Clams is inspired by the molluscs’ powerful ability to detect pollution. His audiovisual installation of moving sculptures, which resemble clams, taps on sensors that measure water quality. The sensors can be placed in any natural or artificial aquatic environment, either close to the clam sculptures or via wireless remote connection from anywhere in the world. The real-time data streamed by the sensor is processed and converted into an audio signal that generates a soundscape as well as the opening and closing movement of the clams. Sound and motion unite to create an audiovisual experience that allows the audience to see and hear the water quality in real time. Using recycled plastic, multiple colours and patterns featuring opaque and transparent characteristics are merged together to create unique sheets that form the shape of the clams.

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!