MANIFEST is looking for artists who 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.

Artists and creators who are legal residents in the countries within the Creative Europe framework can apply starting from October 26, 2022, till November 27, 2022.

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The Journey

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.

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.

Compensation, Opportunities, and Support

🗓 Save the date: MANIFEST Open House event

On October 26, 2022, during an online Open House Event, the application for artists will be opened. Applicants will have an opportunity to meet with the project team, ask questions about the residency and learn more about the project’s mission.

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About the project

Co-funded by the European Commission under the Creative Europe Programme, MANIFEST: New artistic perspectives on memories of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people aims to contribute to and enhance the re-imagination of Europe’s collective memory of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people.

MANIFEST, through a participatory, innovative, and cross-disciplinary approach to artistic creation, offers a new framework to interconnect art with memory and social inclusion. It aspires to provide an updated window to a shared European missing memory. The project will feature an Artistic Journey through an artistic residency, as well as provide historical and documentation support about the material and immaterial heritage of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people in a Resources Publication.

The project is implemented by a Consortium led by Khora, the world’s first combined virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) production house based in Copenhagen. The consortium is joined by Les Anneaux de la Mémoire, France’s leading association working with the themes of the history and heritage of the Atlantic trade of enslaved people and colonial enslavement; Pro Progressione, a Budapest-based artistic hub specialising in international collaborations in the field of culture; Gerador, an independent Portuguese platform for journalism, culture and education; and CUMEDIAE, a Brussels based international non-profit agency providing consultancy services in the field of CCIs European wide. The team is joined by the Advisory Board, consisting of scientific and civil society representatives who ensure the Project’s historical, identity and scientific integrity; and the Artistic Committee, whose members guarantee the quality of the selected art projects.

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