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European Media Artists Residency Exchange

Does an AI dream of tulips? Can an intimate kiss be translated into neuro-feedback data? What would the ultimate species for the end of the world look like? These are some of the questions which artists are playfully exploring through new technologies – from digital media to bio art and robotics – within the framework of the European Media Artists Residency Exchange (EMARE) programme.

Roberts Narkus - Prospect Revenge at Bluecoat

Artist Roberta Narkus delivers an elevator pitch for his new start-up company at Bluecoat. Narkus was FACT's 2018 EMAP EMARE artist-in-residence.

Eleven renowned media arts institutions from all over Europe – from FACT in Liverpool and LABoral in Gijón to Onassis Stegi in Athens and RIXC in Riga – have joined forces and with the generous support of the EU’s Creative Europe Programme and created the European Media Art Platform (EMAP). The programme supports emerging European media artists with a grant to produce new work and a two-month residency at a host institution with access to their facilities and in-house expertise.

Since 2017, the success of the initiative can be demonstrated through high-quality exhibitions, and EMAP alumni winning numerous accolades. Last year’s artists in residence Karen Lancel and Hermen Maat have been awarded by the Global AI ART Competition of the Tsinghua University; Chloé Galibert-Laîné and Kevin B. Lee won the Eurimages Lab Project Award at the film festival in Karovy Vary; Anna Ridler’s work MOSAIC VIRUS received an honorary mention at Ars Electronica 2018, and was also shown at the prestigious Barbican in London this year.

Watch and listen to artist collective The (new) Constellation discuss their work, Retraining Laziness, developed and presented during their 2022 EMAP/EMARE residency at FACT.

The European Media Art Platform offers EMARE (European Media Artist in Residence Exchange) residencies for artists working in the fields of digital media – in internet and computer-based arts, in sound or video art, in media-based performance, as well as in robotics or bio-art. The open call covers residency stays at eleven renowned European media art organisations. European artists can apply with a project proposal for a residency at one of the following institutions:

Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria

Onassis Stegi, Athens, Greece

Bandits Mages, Bourges, France

FACT, Liverpool, United Kingdom

IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Kontejner, Zagreb, Croatia

LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón, Spain

M-Cult, Helsinki, Finland

RIXC, Riga, Latvia

WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland

Werkleitz Centre for Media Art, Halle (Saale), Germany

The residencies are for two months and include a grant of €3,000, a project budget of €4,000, accommodation, travel expenses up to €500, access to technical facilities and media labs of the host institution, consultation by production and market experts and a professional presentation as well as the option to participate in exhibition tours at our members' festivals.

Each year we invite proposals that explore an annual theme. In 2019 we focused on work and labour, in 2020 we explored local and global issues around climate change and environment, and in 2020 we will focus on issues relating to race and migration. We always keen to hear from artists whose practices involve a participatory aspect or collaborative research to apply.

During each residency period, the artist has access to FACT’s maker tools, printers, computers and other AV equipment, as well as curatorial and production advice and support from our exhibitions, technical, and learning teams.

Meet Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler, our 2020 European Media Art Residency Exchange (EMARE) artists-in-residence and discover their artwork, RE:PLACES.

European Media Art Platform (EMAP) / European Media Art Residency Exchange (EMARE) is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Prospect Revenge (2018)

Robertas Narkus invites you to convert your insecurities into cash through Prospect Revenge, a living drama in the making. Narkus participants to join his new antagonising investment scheme that processes rage, disappointment and stress into assets.

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Uncertain Data


Uncertain Data brings together four artists in residence at FACT, whose work interrogates the trust we place in the data that governs us.

Robertina Sebjanic and Gjino Sutic, Aqua forensic. Photo courtesy of the artist.


Oceans 4.0: Liverpool Laser Talks

To open our new exhibition, Oceans 4.0, we have partnered with Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendevouz) to bring an afternoon of talks from artists who are pushing the boundaries of artist research and deepening engagement with science.

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Queer Soap Box

To end their residency in Liverpool and to continue the theme of sharing knowledge, our artist-in-residence Aay Liparoto wants to offer five slots to wonderful people who for 10 minutes can present and take questions on creative/socially related actions they are involved in organising in Liverpool.

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Call to collaborate on Feminist Queer Platform

Aay Liparoto, our Artist-in-residence for the next two months, is looking for collaborators to help co-create an online knowledge network for feminist queer arts and social practice.

Open Call: Residencies for European Media Artists in 2022

With the support of the European Union’s Creative Europe programme, for the next 3 years the European Media Art Platform expands its residency program for artists duos, collectives or other artistic collaborations working in the fields of digital art, media art, and bio-art to residencies in 15 countries.


Andrius Arutiunian The Irresistible Powers of Silent Talking 2021 Installation view at FACT Courtesy of the artist Image by Rob Battersby 14


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