SHAPE - Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe

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The European platforms, a new form of support within the EU’s Creative Europe programme, foster the promotion of emerging talents as well as the circulation of their works throughout Europe. The launch of a new European platform - SHAPE - takes place in Berlin on 29 January.

3 years x 16 organisations x 144 artists

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.

Meet and Greet Berlin 29 January

Although the work on the platform is already running from 1 December 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, 29 January, 16:00 at the Projektraum of the Kunstquartier Bethanien.

Presentations by several SHAPE members and selection of participating artists – Berlin’s post-techno producer Ketev and Romanian-born DJ/producer Borusiade - 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.

The CTM (23 January - 01 February 2015) will also be the first event of 2015 to include SHAPE artist presentations.

Eight different SHAPE artists are performing or exhibiting works at different venues as part of the festival: sound artist and performer Marco Donnarumma, polish producer of advanced techno Zamilska, the anonymous “shamanistic rhythmic music project” RSS B0ys, the aforementioned dark techno sound sculptor Ketev, installation artist Matthijs Munnik, French producer Mondkopf’s metal-themed project Extreme Precautions, Hungarian computer music composer Gábor Lázár and "pointilist trance" musician Lorenzo Senni.

Other SHAPE festivals, like Rokolectiv (Bucharest) and Cynetart (Dresden) - with a specific event, linking the ICAS network to SHAPE - will soon follow, developing an ongoing chain of activities throughout the year.

Website coming soon

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. Meanwhile, you can visit the CTM festival homepage more details.

SHAPE member organisations:

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, France
Insomnia Festival / Association – Tromso, Norway
Les siestes électroniques / Association Rotation – Toulouse, France
Meet Factory – Prague, Czech Republic
MoTA – Museum for Transitory Art – Ljubliana, Slovenia
musikprotokoll / ORF im Steirischen Herbst – Graz, Austria
RIAM Festival / Technè – Marseilles, France
Rokolectiv Festival / Association – Bucharest, Romania
Schiev Festival / Black Drop Productions – Brussels, Belgium
Skaņu Mežs Festival / Association – Riga, Latvia
TodaysArt Festival / The Generator Foundation – The Hague, the Netherlands
UH Festival / Ultrasound Foundation – Budapest, Hungary
Unsound Festival / Fundacja Tone – Krakow, Poland

Photos: CTM festival copyright Marco Microbi, Les Siestes Electroniques festival publicity phtos

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