At Home in Europe
At Home in Europe was a year-long Culture 2000 media arts project addressing European identity (2007).
It started as a project between ISIS Arts, (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK), BEK (Bergen, Norway), Rixc (Riga, Latvia) and Interspace (Sofia, (Bulgaria) and facilitated the movement and exchange of artists and media art in four very different European countries. The project was extended to include a Polish artist residency.
The programme included transnational residencies, a touring screening programme and a publication. Artists selected and works produced all look at what it means to be European and what it means to have a particular nationality in the light of the shifting boundaries within Europe. Daily more and more European people decide to live in other European countries. With a shifting concept of nationalities it becomes increasingly important to consider what it means to be European.
In a climate of increased ‘national’ security and a greater awareness of issues of migration and assimilation we wanted to develop a project which considered what being 'at home’ in Europe meant for nomadic artists and transient wider communities.
Borjana Ventzislavova, Martin John Callanan,Kriss Salmanis andAnya Lewinspent 3 months in one of the four participating countries to carry out a transnational residency, they used digital media to make artworks in response to the outlined themes.
In addition a screening programme of video works by 15 international artists responded to the same theme and was co-curated by the project partners. It toured Europe in The Big M, our inflatable touring venue.
At ISIS Arts, two artists developed new projects:
ISIS Arts was the lead organisation in this Culture 2000 funded project working with partners BEK (Norway), InterSpace (Bulgaria) and RIXC (Latvia).