ENCAC

The European Network for Contemporary Audiovisual Creation (ENCAC) intends to foster innovation based on a combination of the knowledge, experience and resources of its members. Their different natures contribute a interdisciplinary and complementary vision. Their contribution to the process of creators, in the various fields covered by the project (i.e. research, production, education and dissemination of the new audiovisual practices) will result in a more effective implementation of innovative solutions that can be exported, that are sustainable and that bring the new audiovisual culture closer to the general public and to the audiovisual industry.

The European Network for Contemporary Audiovisual Creation is integrated by:

LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, a multidisciplinary institution founded for the exchange and cooperation between art, science, technology, society and the creative industries. Inaugurated on March 30, 2007, the Centre is located in the Mile of Knowledge, a perimeter located in the eastern side of Gijón, between the technological campus of the Universidad de Oviedo and the Science and Technology Park of Gijón, where the most advanced firms and technology centres of Asturias live alonside art and culture. Designed as a singular and unique project amon art centres in Spain, LABoral works as an technological and socio-cultural open lab for research, development and innovation, based on a crosscut approach between different fields, communities and practices. Thus, it presents itself as a node for integrated and distributed research carried out through its various programmes of production, exhibition, education or communication.

L.E.V. (Laboratorio de Electrónica Visual), the International Festival of Audiovisual Creation of Gijon, a project that, since 2007, intends to offer a panoramic view of the electronic sound creation and its relationship with visual arts. L.E.V. is concerned specifically with the natural synergy between image and sound, the live presentation, the relationship established between audience, artist connection and public space, and the new artistic tendencies that constantly emerge on a global level. El Laboratorio de Electrónica Visual, whose initials pay tribute to Lev Thermen (Russian scientist father of the present-day synthesisers).

Led since 2014 by the author and theatre director Rodrigo García, humain TROP humain (hTh) – CDN Montpellier is a prestigious institution devoted to contemporary creation in Languedoc-Rousillon. In the intersection of various disciplines, the team put together by Rodrigo García is highly and strongly committed to creation socially and ethically. The project revolve around three main aspects:

1) a permanent collaboration group of Spanish and French creators that participate of the conceptualization and production of performances, workshops, ateliers, festivals, etc.

2) a research lab on performing arts and spectacles directed by Laurent Berger

3) a Digital arts laboratory which aims to conform an experimental structure for new technologies, sound and video.

Le Lieue Unique, located on the Banks of the Saint-Félix, near the train station and the center of town, the former LU factory came back to life on the first of January, 2000, to the rhythms of an unconventional art centre: le lieu unique. Le lieu unique is a space of artistic exploration, cohabitation and mixture of genres, cultures and publics. Its leitmotiv is the following: The spirit of curiosity in the different artistic fields: plastic arts, drama, dance, circus, music, as well as literature, philosophy, architecture and human sciences.

Resonate is a platform for networking, knowledge sharing and education. It brings together artists, designers and educators to participate in a forward- looking debate on the position of technology in art and culture. Held each year in Belgrade-Serbia, the festival lasts for three days and provides an overview of current situation in the fields of music, visual arts and digital culture. Guest artists, lecturers and other participants are chosen to represent the cutting edge of the contemporary creative industry in the world.

DISK is a non-profit organization that aims to support and promote the production and diffusion of experimental sound art, innovative music, and visual arts. Three major issues on the DISK agenda are: projects and research about the correlation of sound and other forms of art, fostering international exchange between artists, initiatives and organisations, and supporting independent, experimental musicmaking that is situated between avant pop music and the circles and traditions of academic music. In addition to producing the annual CTM Festival, DISK is a co-founder of Inn.to, a cooperatively run building in downtown Berlin that houses artist studios and offices for cultural projects, and also hosts General Public, a non-profit project space located on the building’s ground floor. DISK was founded in fall 2006. DISK is a member of Initiative Neue Musik Berlin, and the Dach/Musik network, and is a founding member of the ICAS- network (International Cities of Advanced Sound).

Art, technology, society. Since 1979, Ars Electronica has sought out interlinkages and congruities, causes and effects. The ideas circulating here are innovative, radical, eccentric in the best sense of that term. They influence our everyday life—our lifestyle, our way of life, every single day. The Festival as proving ground, the Prix as competition honoring excellence, the Center as a year-‘round setting for presentation & interaction, and the Futurelab as in-house R&D facility extend their feelers throughout the realms of science and research, art and technology. Ars Electronica’s four divisions inspire one another and put futuristic visions to the test in a unique, creative feedback loop. It’s an integrated organism continuously reinventing itself.

The Mapping Festival, dedicated to audiovisual art and digital culture is now a major event in the fields of the image generation, creation and technological exploration, attracting both professional and mainstream audience. Considered as a unique platform of production and diffusion in Switzerland, it also enjoys an international reputation thanks to the quality of its programming and diversity, which aims to encourage emerging artists of the field. Working with several venues and open spaces in the city, it alternates audio-visual performances, installations, clubbing, architectural mapping, as well as workshops and conferences. The Mapping Festival is also a meeting point, a creative and collaborative platform with innovative spirit. Over the course of nine editions the Mapping Festival has grown steadily and emerged as one the most important events of its kind in Europe.

Avatar is a self-run artist centre specialized in researching, creating, disseminating, publishing, and distributing audio and electronic art. The centre is a non-profit organization and, in its 20 years of existence, has initiated activities to promote production, discussion, and collaboration among professional artists at every level through local, national, and international networks. Its facilities are located in Quebec City in the Coopérative Méduse building and include research and recording studios, a multi-purpose room, a computer laboratory, and an electronics lab containing cutting-edge audio and electronic equipment. Avatar’s primary mission is to promote the research, creation, and dissemination of audio and electronic art in all its current and future forms to continually revitalize artists and their discipline.

ELEKTRA, a high-calibre Montreal-based cultural initiative, presents artists and works of art that align the latest electronic music and visual creations derived from new technologies (animation, installation and robotics). Elektra unites creative media like music, video, cinema, design, gaming and audio or interactive installation with the latest digital technologies. Artists from all disciplines – composition, performance, dance, visual arts, etc. – all with a common interest in artistic applications of new technologies, uniting visual and sound. Elektra not only welcomes artists from all over the world, the festival also features local talents, helping make Montreal the North American meeting place for digital arts.

MUTEK is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination and development of digital creativity in sound, music, and audio-visual art. Its mandate is to provide a platform for the most original and visionary artists currently working in their fields, with the intent of providing an outlet of initiation and discovery for the audiences we seek to develop. In terms of content, the festival’s range strives to be diverse, with interests in both the experimental and the playful sides of digital creativity. MUTEK’s programming intends to create a sonic space that can support innovation in new electronic music and digital art. This is a world of constant evolution and incessant refinement – the “MU” in MUTEK refers consciously to the notion of “mutation”. A MUTEK network exists today, with ramifications in North America, South America, and Europe.

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