SHAPE is a platform for audiovisual culture and innovative music from Europe.
It’s a three-year initiative co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. The platform was formed by members of ICAS (International Cities of Advanced Sound) and involves 16 audiovisual events and cultural centres.
Each year they choose 48 audiovisual artists and musicians to participate in performances, workshops and residencies across the network.
Due the pandemic crisis we are living we are in need of a an internationally coordinated support to the new media arts, often slipping through the cracks of cultural funding due to their hybrid nature.
Of course every open call or artist residency is welcome, no matter where it comes from. But more coordination among venues and events will bring more opportunities and visibility for young and recognized artists.
Europe has the advantage (still, let’s see for how long) of a long-lasting infrastructure that connects different cultural scenarios across a myriad of different languages and beliefs.
SHAPE: Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe is the result of this network in action. By fostering audiovisual artists in showcasing their work internationally and audiences in experiencing a very diverse cultural offer.