APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED

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?

  • Applicants that are legal residents in the countries within the Creative Europe framework

    (eligible countries including Overseas Countries and Territories and Outermost Regions of the European Union) 

  • Artist groups or collectives (up to a maximum of three artists) or individuals may apply. If you are a group or a collective, please submit a single application under the name of the collective

What we support

  • Artworks that reflect on the individual or the collective memory of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people
  • Artworks that can be enhanced by digital media and technologies, specifically VR, AR, videography, and audio – sound and spoken art (previous experience is not required, but you must be interested to work actively with one of the formats)
  • Artworks that take community members’ opinions and sensitivities into account
  • 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

What we will provide:

  • Exposure through MANIFEST’s dissemination and engagement activities, such as newsletters, announcements, networking and events, social media, video and photo documentation, and general promotion of MANIFEST’s work through its large partner network. Selected artists will also be invited to an exhibition opportunity at the Final Event in Nantes.
  • A cross-border and cross-disciplinary opportunity for exchange and artistic enrichment with fellow artists across Europe, including activities and study visits with partners and collaborators
  • Artist development support and in-depth knowledge of MANIFEST’s core topics, provided by experts and specialists and facilitation by artistic supervisors, academic researchers, and production partners.
  • Potential additional benefits resulting from dissemination activities such as art venue fees and contributions
  • Honorarium (3000 EUR in total) for attending all MANIFEST residencies, events, and activities
  • Access to a 1000 EUR budget for conceptual activities, supporting materials per artwork and additional, significant production support from partners for AR, VR, and digital media development.
  • Three awards (each of 3500 EUR) for three selected art projects* at the Final Event. Teams receive the same prize, with no adjustment for the number of members. *Please note that if selected, art collectives will need to choose one member to receive the funds if they are not incorporated as an LLC or other legal entity.
  • Reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses for artists at all MANIFEST events

What we ask from participants:

  • Participation: We expect that selected artists will participate in all designated MANIFEST events, including art residencies, workshops and the final event. Please note that attendance includes two residencies – lasting for ten days each (20 days in total).
  • Attendance: The selected artists are expected to attend and engage in online meetings, interviews, webinars, consultancy sessions, and progress reviews and contribute to the project’s reporting.
  • Production workshops: Artists that are selected for VR/AR productions will need to attend production sessions in Copenhagen at dates agreed with Khora
  • Engagement: Artists must be committed to MANIFEST’s objectives. As success depends on the activation and engagement of European audiences, artists are encouraged to support MANIFEST general communication by using their personal and professional communication channels and networks.
  • Commitment: A contract with the MANIFEST Consortium, open to the artists’ proposals, will define the terms and conditions for the intellectual property rights of digital artworks. In any case, any participant artist will be asked to grant all necessary rights for the dissemination of the artwork in any activities directly related to this Project.

Application Timeline

  • September 30: Launch of Open Call
  • October 26: Online Open House info session (recording will be available for viewing)
  • October 26: The submission form for artistic proposals opens!
  • November 27th: Application deadline
  • October–November: panel review and evaluation of applications to shortlist finalists
  • December 13th: Selected artists are notified*

*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

  • June 5-14, 2023: Residency in Budapest and Zsennye Palace, Hungary – Artists will submit their final concept note
  • June 2023 – October 2023: Kick-off XR workshops in Copenhagen for XR artists/teams and content creation period
  • October 16-25, 2023: Residency in Lisbon, Portugal – Artists will showcase the progress of their artworks
  • November 2023 – September 2024: Digitization of artworks and preparation for showcase
  • October 2024: Final Event in Nantes, France. Showcase of art projects and selection of three projects for the final prize

Award Process

  • A public Artistic Selection Committee will review applications based on the artists’ body of work and quality, relevance, concept suitability & feasibility, and the strength of motivation and commitment to the topic and to the objectives of the project.
  • Finalists may be invited for interviews with MANIFEST staff.
  • Individual applicants who are open to working with other artists in a group may be invited for interviews with MANIFEST staff.
  • Notification of program acceptance and entry will occur in December 2022.

Final event

  • The artworks need to be transportable to be shown at the final event and are the responsibility of the artist(s)
  • We will support the digital representation of artworks, if feasible

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:

  • Public transport (eco-travel to the residences by train or choosing eco-oriented travel companies. All the activities that require transportation for the residencies will use sustainable transportation alternatives
  • Longer lasting products that can be repaired, recycled and reused. During the residencies, artists will be encouraged to work with and use materials that are recycled, natural, handmade or eco-friendly.

All applicants must submit the following documents in English via the online application form*:

  • A project proposal (min. 1000 words), including
    • Personal Statement
    • Synopsis of the project idea and how it is connected to the memories of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people
    • Communication and distribution goals and desires
    • Anticipated material needs
  • Link to applicant’s website and/or submission of selected work samples
  • Curriculum vitae (or CVs of all members if applying as a collective or a group)
  • All submissions must be sent digitally through the Application Form

 

To apply as a collective/group:

  • Give a name to your group (e.g. Art Collective Nantes)
  • Fill out the “Name of your group” field in the Application Form
  • Upload all the relevant documents for each member (personal statements, selected works, CVs – including legal residency)

*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.

SELECTION COMMITTEE

OPEN HOUSE EVENT

MANIFEST Open House Event

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ELIGIBILITY

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. 

    1. With residence, we mean having a permanent address in a Creative Europe country. The full list of countries is available at our website. 
    2. We have also seen some questions around specific cases – for instance, “If I hold a Portuguese passport, but I live in the UK” and “I hold one Italian passport as well as a Spanish, but I reside in Switzerland” – please note: these countries are not part of the Creative Europe Framework and thus, you will not be eligible.
    3. However, there are also non-EU countries that are part of Creative Europe, such as Norway, Tunisia and Serbia among others. Therefore, we highly recommend you to take a look at the list and check if you are eligible based on your home address.
    4. Also, keep in mind that if you apply as a group or a collective, all members of the collective should be residents in eligible countries. And fiinally, if you are a non-EU citizen legally residing in a Creative Europe country – you are eligible to apply. 

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. Unfortunately, the UK residents are not eligible. The list of eligible non-EU countries is available here. The British Government withdrew from the Creative Europe programme.

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.

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.

If you already know that you cannot attend the residencies, we discourage artists to apply because:
1) MANIFEST wants to build a well-functioning community between artists and partners, which requires physical presence from both parties;
2) it would hinder the collaborative work on the production;
3) it would take away opportunities from artists who can be fully present.

ARTISTIC JOURNEY

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.

ARTWORKS TOPIC

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)​

ADVANCED DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

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.

OTHER

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: 

  1. a) The artist retains full rights and ownership of his/her original work; 
  2. b) There are shared rights in as much the digital co-production requires it, and only on that aspect; 
  3. c) The artist will grant a full non-exclusive license to the Project Consortium for as long as the Project activities are developed, including all rights related to communication, dissemination, reproduction, etc.
  4. d) In terms of accreditation, all collaborators and co-producers shall be credited whenever an artwork is exhibited or mentioned in any media or format.

MANIFEST will support artists with:

  • A honorarium (€ 3000 in total) for attending all residencies, events and activities
  • Access to a € 1000 material budget to conceptualize artworks (e.g., pens, paper, etc.)
  • Significant production support from partners for digitization of artworks
  • Reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses for artists at MANIFEST events
  • Opportunity to win an award of 3500€ at the final event in Nantes

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.

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