The Creative Europe-supported SHAPE+ platform for innovative music and audiovisual art is announcing its 2022 list of artists. The artist selection places a number of audiovisual projects and sound artists alongside musical acts that range from club music and forward-thinking media art to free improvisation and spatial music. This new stage of the SHAPE platform will be marked by an emphasis on residencies and, where possible, greener forms of travel.
The 2022 artist list of SHAPE+ will begin its year of activities on July 15, and their work period will last until July 14, 2023. The platform is run by a union of 13 European festivals.
SHAPE+ is a new European platform for innovative music and audiovisual art co-financed by the Creative Europe programme. Running for the next three years, SHAPE+ will foster exceptional emerging talent, connecting them to local communities and audiences through collaborative residencies with multiple artistic outcomes, commissioned artworks, as well as one-off presentations and performances. Combining an open call and a curatorial selection, the platform members will select a roster of artists to support each year.
SHAPE+ initially consists of 13 partners in 13 countries with plans for further expansion, while adopting an interdisciplinary approach and committing to social and environmental awareness.
SHAPE+ builds upon the previous SHAPE platform, which from 2015 to 2022 supported 336 emerging European artists and presented their work at festivals, events and venues in numerous countries across Europe and beyond.
The selection process
Each year, the curatorial teams of all SHAPE+ festivals and initiatives come together and choose a roster of artists. The artist roster has been created disregarding divisions of genre, age or popularity. Rather, creative novelty and successful experimentation have served as core values, with additional emphasis on the inclusion of upcoming and underexposed artists as well as representing local scenes of involved festivals and art centers. Once a year, SHAPE+ platform announces an open call and the submissions are also taken into consideration when creating the artist list.
There will also be a second wave of SHAPE+ artists - it will comprise local collaborators as part of residencies. They will be added to the roster throughout the year.
Full list of SHAPE+ artists for 2022-23
7777 の天使 (PT)
Aho Ssan (FR)
Ale Hop (DE)
Aleksandra Słyż (PL/SE)
Bella Báguena (ES)
Biliana Voutchkova (BG)
Evita Manji (GR)
Felisha Ledesma (US/DE)
Frédéric D. Oberland & Irena Z. Tomažin (FR/SI)
Heta Bilaletdin (FI)
Isabella Forciniti (AT)
Katarina Gryvul (UA)
Luis Pestana (PT)
Marina Herlop (ES)
Maryana Klochko (UA)
Mihalis Shammas (CY)
Oï Les Ox (FR)
Passepartout Duo (IT)
Rehab Hazgui (TN)
Roxane Métayer (BE/FR)
Stefanie Egedy (BR/DE)
Thea Soti (HU/SRB/FR)
Tony Elieh (LB/DE)
Ursula Sereghy (CZ)
Vanligt Folk (SE)
Vica Pacheco (MX/BE)
Wojciech Rusin (PL)
Yara Mekawei (EG/DE)
Zbigniew Chojnacki (PL)
SHAPE member festivals
CTM Festival / DISK e.V. – Berlin, DE
Construction Festival / Kultura Medialna – Dnipro, UA
Intonal Festival / Inkonst – Malmö, SE
Les siestes électroniques / Association Rotation – Toulouse, FR
MeetFactory – Prague, CZ
Sonica Festival / MoTA – Museum for Transitory Art – Ljubljana, SI
musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst / ORF – Graz, AT
Rokolectiv Festival – Bucharest, RO
schiev Festival – Brussels, BE
Skaņu Mežs Festival – Riga, LV
UH Fest / Ultrasound Foundation – Budapest, HU
Terraforma Festival / Threes Productions Srl - Milan, IT
Unsound Festival / Fundacja Tone – Krakow, PL