MANIFEST – Open Call for artists

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.

->>>> APPLICATION DEADLINE: 27.11.2022

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.

Detailed open call: CALL FOR ARTISTS – Manifest (