MANIFEST is looking for artists that are motivated to contribute with new artistic perspectives to re-imagine Europe’s collective memory of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people.
MANIFEST is an artistic and educational initiative that will support the creation of 12 artworks. The artworks should seek to enhance the re-imagination of Europe’s collective memory of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people. The artworks will be developed through an Artistic Journey with the help and facilitation of artistic supervisors, academic researchers, and production partners.
Along the Artistic Journey, artists will work in residencies and be encouraged to work with new technologies. The final artworks will be produced in digital formats in either Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), video or audio – sound formats, and spoken art.
MANIFEST is a project whose Artistic Journey is carefully designed to empower artists to re-imagine the perspectives and the history of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people on the European continent and its existing cultural traces.
MANIFEST seeks to engage with diverse artists for whom the topic of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people has a special interest or motivation. All artistic forms of expression are welcome. You can apply as an individual, or as an artistic group or collective. Groups or collectives can be up to a maximum of three participants per group. All participants will need to co-create with MANIFEST’s partners and be willing to collaborate with others.
The selected artists will create artworks that promote a creative look into our past and have the potential to reshape our collective memory.
The Artistic Journey takes place at two residencies. It starts at the historical art space of Zsennye Palace near Budapest and continues in Lisbon, with additional extended reality (XR) workshops in Copenhagen for a selected number of artists that will be working with these mediums.
In parallel to the Artistic Journey, MANIFEST will support with solid, documented research contributions about the social traces of this trade, as well as associated material and immaterial heritage. An online Resources Center will collect and communicate this information.
The Artistic Journey will close with a Final Event in Nantes – a city filled with vestiges of its slave-trading past. It will be an opportunity to host the Award Ceremony for the residency creators and to use the artworks to catalyse and engage social debate on the topic.
MANIFEST is co-funded by the European Commission under the Creative Europe Programme and will run until November 2024. MANIFEST is implemented by an experienced consortium led by Khora, an Extended Reality (XR) production studio and learning space based in Copenhagen, Denmark, joined by Les Anneaux de la Mémoire, France’s leading association working with the history and heritage of the Atlantic trade of enslaved people and colonial enslavement; Pro Progressione, a Budapest-based artistic hub specialising in international cultural collaborations; Gerador, an independent Portuguese platform for journalism, culture and education; and CUMEDIAE, a Brussels-based international non-profit agency providing consultancy services for Europe’s Cultural and Creative Industries. The consortium’s Advisory Board consists of scientific experts and civil society representatives to ensure the project’s historical and scientific integrity, and the Artistic Committee, whose members will seek to guarantee the quality of the selected artworks.
On October 26 we will present the project outline at an online Open House event and provide an opportunity for potential applicants to meet with the project team, learn more about the Artistic Journey and ask questions. If you cannot attend, we highly recommend viewing a recording of the event, which will be available on the MANIFEST website after the Open House Event. Further details about the Open House event will be announced on the MANIFEST website and social media channels.
Who is eligible?
(eligible countries including Overseas Countries and Territories and Outermost Regions of the European Union)
What we support
What we will provide:
What we ask from participants:
*Due to the expected number of submissions, please note that we will only notify the accepted artists on December 13, and expect a slower response for applicants that have not been selected.
Key dates: 2023 – 2024
Culture, and in particular artistic output, can play an important role in the green transition through awareness-raising, learning, communication and in the sharing of knowledge and good practices, and has the potential to develop innovative ways of tackling environmental challenges.
During the Artistic Journey, time will be allocated to integrating environmental considerations of the general topic and sharing information about the European Green Deal’s objectives and environmental sustainability in an Artist’s creative processes.
All artists will be encouraged to use:
All applicants must submit the following documents in English via the online application form*:
To apply as a collective/group:
*This information is a guide. The full application form will be available on MANIFEST’S website in the upcoming weeks.
Notification of Results
The selected artists will be informed of the outcome and may be asked to provide further relevant information. They will be requested to sign a document of commitment regarding the work with the team and their participation in the MANIFEST Project activities. Unsuccessful applicants will be informed of the outcome of the process as well.
Contact & Further Information: journey[at]projectmanifest.eu
The MANIFEST project management team will be responsive to social and health developments as they arise. We are committed to keeping all participants and staff safe and healthy.
Eligible applicants are those that are legal residents in the countries within the Creative Europe framework – including Overseas Countries and Territories and Outermost Regions of the European Union.
No. Only legal residents in the countries within the Creative Europe framework are eligible. Please find the full list of participating countries here.
No. Eligible applicants are those that are residing in countries that are currently part of the Creative Europe programme. The last programme with Swiss participation expired in 2013. Participation in the current Creative Europe programme for the period 2021–27 is currently still pending, but Swiss residents are not eligible for MANIFEST.
No. Eligibility is defined by country of residence, not by country of nationality. Only legal residents in the countries within the Creative Europe framework are eligible.
No, as a Swiss resident, you are not eligible. Eligibility is defined by country of residence, not by country of nationality. Only legal residents in the countries within the Creative Europe framework are eligible.
This is a project funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Only certain countries (including a few non-EU member countries) are part of this Programme. We are aware that the EU may support creative work in other countries through different programmes and projects.
The MANIFEST partners are aware that slavery is a global phenomenon with ancient roots, and we are working to discover resources that can help us to extend the geographical scope of the project. For now, we are working under the constraints of the programme to create the best possible impact.
However, Africal artists who are legal residents in one of the Creative Europe countries are eligible.
Yes. Artworks developed in MANIFEST do not necessarily have to be stand-alone, but IPR and accreditation rules apply to the part of the artwork that will be co-produced by MANIFEST. However, we recommend bringing in/proposing new creations and ideas.
Yes. As indicated in the section on eligibility, OCTs and ORs are part of the Creative Europe Programme and are therefore eligible.
The personal statement is an essay that allows the Artistic Selection Committee to learn more about you as a person. In the statement you can explain why you want to participate and/or describe the reason for your choice as a project and how it fits in with the project’s topic and your aspirations for the future. You can give examples of any related academic or work experience, demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm and show any special subjects you’re interested in.
Your vision of communication and dissemination of the work is strongly connected with the type of art and medium you work with. Describe how you envisage presenting your work during and after the project. For example, if you use social media regularly you can focus on leveraging these platforms, or if you have an idea of what you would like do with the work after the project using your own network, exhibit in a specific gallery, museum or event you think would be interested in displaying your artwork, please share your plans! MANIFEST is committed to helping artists gain visibility throughout the duration of the project and we would love to work in close collaboration with artists to contribute to the visibility of the project.
Yes. MANIFEST is open to evaluate all forms of artistic expression and will evaluate the medium adequacy of each concept sent to us.
Yes, MANIFEST is open to developing and co-producing sound-only artworks.
The goal is to have a final production that is ready for showcasing and applications will be evaluated with this in mind. However, if for some reason it turns out to be impossible to finalise, a prototype or work-in-progress should be shown at the Final Event.
Yes. After the final event in Nantes, MANIFEST will encourage artists to continue the journey and introduce their artworks to artistic networks, galleries and art spaces that have the capacity to exhibit their artworks in video, sound, AR or VR.
The production budgets are likely to vary a lot, given the effort that is associated with the different artwork productions and digital formats. The consortium (as a whole) has received almost 1.000.000 € in co-financing from the European Commission. A part of this budget is reserved for the production of up to 12 artworks. The resources set aside for each production should not impact the artistic conveyance as we seek to select the most adequate medium for each art concept, whilst seeking to balance the budgets given the production pipelines that are required by each artwork.
Khora and Gerador’s teams will be part of the artistic journey and adapt to the level and needs of individual artist(s) that are selected to develop digital artworks in video, audio, virtual or augmented reality.
The Project will support the request for any information that may contribute to its implementation. However, we cannot guarantee the requisition of records or any document owned or managed by third parties.
However, MANIFEST’s Resources Publication has a wealth of relevant material that can be consulted.
Any artistic processing and perspectivisation of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people and its traces in Europe is eligible.
Yes. Throughout the project, research and stakeholder engagement with relevant communities will support the Artistic Journey with a solid and documented research contribution about the material and immaterial heritage and social traces of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people.
Yes. If the argument that the connection is there is strong, it will be considered by the Selection Committee. However, we advise and encourage there to be an explicit link and grounding to the topic.
Applications will be assessed on the basis of the following four main criteria:
1) Artist’s body of work (experience, relevance, and quality)
2) Motivation assessment (motivation, adequacy and diversity, added value to artist’s career development)
3) Suitability (project proposal, experience/motivation on context-inspired practices, participatory practices)
4) Quality of the application (commitment and clarity of content)
For XR-artworks, Khora is handling the production of VR/AR. In practice, Khora and the artist(s) will meet for an initial pre-production 1-2 day onsite workshop in Copenhagen where Khora and the artists will ideate, storyboard, and select the most fitting technological modality to create a digital experience. After the workshop, Khora will handle the production and do 2-5 bi-monthly online check-ins and feedback sessions as needed with the artist(s) to allow for feedback and iterations. The room for maneuvers and changes obviously decreases as the production progresses due to time and budgetary constraints – hence the intensity of involvement during pre-production (i.e. scripting/storyboarding and choice of either VR or AR, which will happen before production commences). Artist involvement is expected to be very high in the initial phase to define and refine the story/script/storyboard and lower during the actual programming and building period. Finally, the artists will consult with Khora Contemporary to facilitate the expansion of artistic networks and introductions to art galleries and art spaces that have the capacity to exhibit AR/VR art.
Khora and the selected artist(s) for XR production will meet for an initial 1-2 day pre-production workshop in Copenhagen where Khora and the artist(s) will ideate, storyboard, and select the most fitting technological modality to create a digital experience. Artist participation will be mandatory. After the workshop, Khora will handle the production and do 2-5 bi-monthly online check-ins as needed with the artist(s) to allow for feedback and iterations. Artist involvement is expected to be very high in the initial phase to define and refine the story/script/storyboard, and lower during the actual programming and building period.
Yes, artist groups or collectives (up to a maximum of three artists) or individuals may apply. Applicants must present a synopsis of the project idea and how it is connected to the memories of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people in their application.
MANIFEST IPR applies to digital co-produced artworks or (digital) parts thereof. Artworks can be born digital or have a digital element/component built into it or around it – for instance a dance performance recorded in a 360 video. In both instances, artists and MANIFEST partners will co-produce the digital part, and individual agreements regarding IPR for art co-productions will be finalised after proposals are accepted by the artistic selection committee.
Extra: IPR depends on what medium will be used, and how production will play out. However, nothing can ever happen with or to the MANIFEST co-productions without the explicit consent of the artist.
We welcome all artists to pursue their work in multiple languages if needed, but please note that the official working language in MANIFEST is English. All applicants must submit the required documents in English via the online application form.
MANIFEST will reimburse travel costs in close coordination with individual artists once selected. The final contracts for artists will specify the criteria for reimbursement, such as booking the cheapest possible flight well in advance. Individual artists can purchase travel insurance if need be, bearing the reimbursement criteria in mind.
The terms of the IPR agreement will be finalized after the selection of the artist by the artistic committee. The essential principles will be:
MANIFEST will support artists with:
Artists are responsible for bringing their artworks to the final event in Nantes, France. Artists will need to cover costs for logistics and shipment of their artworks if need be – including packaging, insurance, delivery etc.