Study abroad with Erasmus: International Masters in Media Arts Cultures CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – opens October 15, 2014

A wonderful opportunity has risen for everybody interested in doing a Masters degree in arts and media! (And if you have not thought about it before then maybe the following will change your mind!).

The call for applications for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master of Arts Degree in Media Arts Cultures, organized jointly by Danube University Krems (Austria), Aalborg University (Denmark), University of Lodz (Poland) and City University of Hong Kong (China) opens on 15th October 2014.

Associated partners: Ars Electronica, DAM, FACT, Laboratory of Research in Art and Techno Science, monochrom, transmediale, ZKM

This is a new masters of arts program funded by the European Union and recognized as a European Master of Excellence. This distinction is based on offering high-quality learning opportunities for students in an emerging field and also signifies the importance of Media Arts for the cultural future of Europe.

The objective of this Master Program is to provide education and training for future specialists in Media Arts Cultures and prepare them for emerging careers in the creative and cultural sectors, research and academia.

Students from European or non-European countries will study as a group and in individually chosen modules on selected topics like Media Cultural Heritage, Archiving, Experience Design, Media Arts Theory, New Media Aesthetics, Curating & Arts Management, or Media Arts Futures. The language of instruction is English. As part of the program, students will complete an internship at one of the consortium’s full or associated partners and complete a master’s thesis supervised by lecturers from the partner universities. MediaAC faculty include: Ana PERAICA, Christiane PAUL, Erkki HUHTAMO, Falk HEINRICH, Harald KRAEMER, Irina ARISTARKHOVA, Jane PROPHET, Jeffrey SHAW, Lev MANOVICH, Maciej OZÓG, Margit ROSEN, Morten SONDERGAARD, Oliver GRAU, Ryszard W. KLUSZCZYZSKI, Sean CUBITT, and Wendy COONES,

Media Arts Cultures is a mobility program, enabling students to study
across Europe and in Asia. During the two-year program, each student
will spend three semesters at least three universities, and choose among
the four in the final semester. After completing the program, students
will receive a joint master degree in Media Arts Cultures from the
universities they have attended. The program is 120 ECTS and allows
graduates to further pursue a PhD within Europe or other international
higher education regions.

More than 13 of the best EU and non-EU candidates will be offered Erasmus+ fully-funded scholarships for the duration of the program. As an internationally recognized Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree, students accepted into the MediaAC program without Erasmus+ scholarships will have increased chances of securing funding from external-funding

For applicants requesting an Erasmus+ scholarship via the MediaAC Consortium the deadline for submitting applications is January 1, 2015.
For self-funded / external-funded applicants the deadline for submitting applications is April 2015 for non-EU students and June 2015 for EU students.


For more information on the program, please visit:


This is your chance for a life-changing experience and excellent education!

BALTIC artists pick apart the human experience

5 weeks, 10 projects and 18 artists – if you have not thought about it then now is your last chance to make your way down to Newcastle to the spin-off of the main BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art to see the last week of BALTIC 39 | FIGURE TWO.

One cannot thank BALTIC enough for making brilliant films about every single exhibition that takes place in the two gallery spaces. Personally, I think they should get a medal for keeping the arts alive in the minds of 9-5 workers who cannot stroll in the galleries all the time and who might completely forget about doing it at all, even on a day off. The important thing is that BALTIC videos are not just event coverage. Instead, the exhibiting artists talk about life itself and how it is reflected in their work. Something very fundamental and essential to human experience shines through the work of all the artists who are or have exhibited in the BALTIC and BALTIC 39… maybe they are just asked the right questions on camera?

I would like to draw your attention to the third week of BALTIC 39 | FIGURE TWO. The exhibition is subtitled as Through the Gap Increasing, but what it really seems to be about it transcoding the world as a human being. In the work of Sarah Bayliss, Amelia Bywater & Rebecca Wilcox, Rachel Gay, Maria Angelica Madero, Ninna Bohn Pedersen and Nicola Singh language is dissolved, sight is deconstructed, mother & child relationship fractured into sense memories and flowing water compared to flickering screens of modern day. Explore and be inspired by the video below…

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Text by Kati Jägel

The making of dance, the uncrowned Gesamtkunstwerk.

Before I start, I must admit that as a former dance and choreographer the author of this post is somewhat biased… but enthusiasm is positive!

Rambert Dance have shared with us some of the most inspirational videos ever. Have you heard of Rooster, Christopher Bruce’s masterpiece set to the music of The Rolling Stones, an electrifying celebration of the Sixties? Have you seen it? If not, they are on stage again! First up on 20-24 May in Sadler’s Wells. The truly inspirational stuff, however, can be found in the rehearsal clips. The dancers’ relationship with the choreographer  is flavoured with admiration, obedience, dedication, worship and love. Love shines through the whole process during which both the choreographer and dancers forget about the rest of the world and perhaps even forget about the rules of gravity and their own mortality while they work and work and work to achieve divine perfection. The results bring together grace, movement, music, expression, poetry, visual art, performance, story…. dance has got everything in it. It is perfect. Start the transforming journey right here and finish at Sadler’s Wells for a cathartic experience.

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Really, it gets even better. On 15th of May we can enjoy live discussion between Rooster’s author and three other great dance artists from the comfort of our own homes. A total of four giants of contemporary choreography from both sides of the Atlantic are represented in Rambert’s forthcoming programme for Sadler’s Wells: Richard Alston and Christopher Bruce from the UK, and Lucinda Childs and Merce Cunningham from the US. With contrasting approaches and styles, they have made some of the most influential and acclaimed dance works of the past 50 years.
Ahead of the Sadler’s Wells performances, Alston, Bruce and Childs come together for one night only to discuss their lives in dance. They will be joined by former Cunningham dancer Jeannie Steele, who staged the late choreographer’s work for Rambert, and the panel will be chaired by dance writer and critic David Jays.
This unique event is an opportunity to gain first-hand insight from some of the artists who shaped contemporary dance as we know it today. Viewers can join in the conversation, posting questions online for the choreographers.
Watch it live here from 7pm.


Now, if you are really getting into dance or Rambert in particular then there is the Rambert Event in their own new space on three dates starting from the 28th of June. It is an extraordinary feast of dance featuring sequences, excerpts and complete dances in various spaces between which you may move as you please. Become part of the total artwork!


Text by Kati Jagel

Symposium: Art of the Edgelands

A really fascinating topic, prolific speakers and free entry – this is Art of the Edgelands on 26th April in Spacex gallery in Exeter.

This interdisciplinary symposium will consider the significance of ‘edgelands’ and other marginal spaces, neither urban nor rural, as sites for artistic inquiry, and as cultural spaces. Spacex’s current exhibition ‘Soft Estate’ (open until Saturday 3 May 2014) features artworks exploring the marginal spaces of contemporary motorway landscapes. Learn more about the exhibition in the video below!


Defined as a type of terrain ‘apparently unplanned, certainly uncelebrated and largely incomprehensible’ by environmentalist Marion Shoard, ‘edgelands’ have frequently been a source of inspiration for artists and writers.

Symposium speakers include Edward Chell, academic and lead artist of Spacex’s current exhibition ‘Soft Estate’; Dr. Caitlan DeSilvey, geographer and senior lecturer in Environmental Social Science, University of Exeter; Laura Oldfield Ford, artist and psycho-geographer; Joanne Lee, artist, writer, publisher and senior lecturer in Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University; Dr Jos Smith, associate research fellow, University of Exeter.

Get more information and book your free place here

Text by Kati Jagel 

The art of printmaking and your chance to take part

To those who are not familiar with printmaking and assume that it is just artless mechanic mass (re)production – and I used to be one of these people – the following videos could be real eyeopeners. To those who appreciate prints, the following videos will be… well, beautiful!

There are many different printmaking techniques, all executed manually and with great craftsmanship – discover them here. The artist is not always involved in the actual application of the ink to the canvas but is always the author of the artwork in terms of having drawn the image and it’s colour schemes. It is a rather unique process compared to painting or sculpting or any other traditional fine arts. The results can look like drawings, paintings or even photographs depending on the style and detail. Collecting modern prints has become very popular and some can be worth thousands of pounds as some of the keen TV viewers might have discovered on  tonight’s BBC2 ‘Collectaholics‘ programme :)

Printmaking workshops are getting ever more popular all around the UK. In Cumbria the next Printfest is soon about to take place – on 3rd and 4th of May – and there are always opportunities for the guests to get involved there! Not to mention the over 40 national and international artists exhibting… At the same time down south in Exeter, Spacex gallery offers printmaking workshops for children which you can read more about on their webpage.

To get you inspired have a look at the two print exhibitions at gallery/ten in Wales and if you are a true fan and considering going to Printfest then check out what a weekend in this UK’s only artist led print festival might look like.


gallery/ten print exhibition February/March

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gallery/ten exhibition March

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Printfest weekend


Text by Kati Jagel



The importance of film in the arts sector: Axisweb film services

Artplayer is a video platform for the arts. Our 100+ channel holders upload video content about their activity every day. We watch these videos and films and engage with the content but how often does one stop and think “who made this film?” and “why?”.

Maybe these questions don’t seem important or the answers seem obvious – a video production team made this film because the organisation wants to promote its activity. However, talking about the arts sector, we are dealing with something much more multilayered than promotion. Films and videos about the creation processes allow the much-yearned insight to artists’ minds (already discussed in one of our earlier posts about artist films); films about cultural organisations such as museums remind us the main purpose of museums which is far from making profit – to keep our culture and past alive, because it makes being a human ever so slightly more valuable as opposed to defining ourselves merely against the present.

Let’s talk about Axisweb, a superb organisation known for helping out artists from all career levels. Their film production services serve the same cause as bringing unpublished artists to the limelight does – enriching the general public’s experience of the world through culture. Axisweb films cover artists, museums, galleries, events and much more. These films are, of course, valuable in individual and organisational digital strategies as well – there is no point to hide the fact that all media publicity promotes as well as informs and enriches.

Unlike most video production companies that do all kinds of work, Axisweb services specialize on the aforementioned content so they can be called the arts video experts. Here at artplayer we also offer video production services to the arts sector but the approaches of the two organisations differ sharply as Axisweb focus on the individual and artplayer on the performative. Axisweb offer full service including developing the concept together with the artist/organisation. It is useful to note that members of Axisweb get 50% off the price of filmmaking! More information here:

To demonstrate the style and approach and purpose I have been talking about, here are two great Axisweb films (and find more on their artplayer channel) :


Sarah Younan Interview: 3D scanning technology meets ceramics


A New Reality for Tetley: former brewery turned into an arts space


Text by Kati Jägel


Common Practice Video Network: arts, environment, community

Common Practice Video Network (or CPVN) is a bit like a feature film. A lot of effort and hard work has been put into it by many people over time and only now can we see the brilliant results that the guys involved with the project have been anticipating for over a year.

For those who do not know yet – Common Practice is an advocacy group working for the recognition and fostering of the small-scale contemporary visual arts sector in London. Its founding members are Afterall, Chisenhale Gallery, Electra, Gasworks, LUX, Matt’s Gallery, Mute Publishing, The Showroom, and Studio Voltaire. Now, imagine what it would be like if all those organisations joined hands and created a video production network… and they have. There are currently 16 videos on the Common Practice channel, all high in quality due to training scheme conducted together with FACT. More importantly, the content is so rich as the members are well-established and all slightly different from each other. From the six founding organisations/galleries the viewers are led on to the commissioned artists and to collaborations with other organisations so the reach of CPVN is greater than just the sum of its members.

I cannot really recommend where to start. Here are two randomly selected videos from the channel – but all of them are brilliant!

The Matt’s Gallery Archive Project (don’t be disheartened by the dusty word “archive” – this one is alive!)


And here is a great discussion on bio-aesthetics and eco-futurism in the White Building. It is much appreciated when talks like this are recorded in full for those who cannot make it to the event!

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Text by Kati Jagel