The SHAPE Platform was renewed for four more years by the European Commission


The Creative Europe-supported SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art is announcing its 2018 list of artists. The artist selection for the platform’s fourth year traditionally places a number of audiovisual projects and sound artists alongside musical acts that range from post-grime and techno to free improvisation and acousmatic music.

The fourth year also launches the second phase of SHAPE – initially intended as a three-year project, it has now been prolonged until 2021 thanks to the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, and some changes will be introduced into the mechanism of the platform.

The platform is run by a union of 16 European festivals that are all members of the ICAS network.

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But in short, what is it all about:

The platform

 A 7-year initiative co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, the SHAPE project reunites 16 European non-profit organizations active within the ICAS – International Cities of Advanced Sound network to create a platform that aims to support, promote, and exchange innovative and aspiring emergent musicians and interdisciplinary artists with an interest in sound.

SHAPE stands for “Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe”.

SHAPE annually chooses 48 musicians and artists to participate in a mix of live performances, residencies, workshops and talks across member festivals and special events.


The selection process

Each year, the curatorial teams of all 16 SHAPE festivals and initiatives come together and choose 48 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.


New elements in SHAPE, phase 2

As the programme “Creative Europe” has prolonged SHAPE for a second phase – four more years until 2021, the platform also gained a chance to introduce some new elements, including the artist presentations and the educational events.

As of 2018, SHAPE’s artistic presentations will have a wider geographical reach – in addition to the SHAPE member festivals in 16 cities and 12 countries (see full list at the end of this document), associate partner events will be picked by each festival individually, covering European countries that are not represented among the 16 core member festivals. Each SHAPE festival will present at least one artist or musician at its associate partner event, thus solidifying a wider network within European adventurous music events and increasing the number of SHAPE showcases per year.

The structure of SHAPE’s educational events has changed as well – two open educational events will be organized for attendants of each SHAPE festival, while the educational activities for SHAPE artists have become centralized; two two-part events will be organized annually to bring together all SHAPE artists of the respective year. In addition to engaging them with topical workshops or lectures, these occasions will serve as opportunities for them to network, exchange ideas and initiate collaborations.