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SHAPE announces open call for 2020

SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art, supported by the “Creative Europe” programme of the European Union announces a new open call for artist submissions for the 2020 SHAPE artist roster.

Musicians are asked to provide an up to 10 minute long streamable video or audio excerpt of their live performance, while audiovisual artists are asked to provide streamable video documentation (or photos) of their work (online links, no attachments). Materials that are not sent in accordance to these requirements, will not be considered.

As the creation of the annual SHAPE artist roster is rather complex and demands consensus from 16 different organizations, we will not be able to get back to artists or musicians with detailed evaluations of the submitted materials. However, they will be contacted in the case if they’re chosen for the SHAPE roster of 2020.

Artists can apply by filling in this form.

Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Each year, the curatorial teams of all 16 SHAPE festivals and initiatives come together and choose 48 artists. The artist roster is created disregarding divisions of genre, age or popularity. Rather, creative novelty and successful experimentation serve 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. SHAPE also considers questions of diversity and gender equality when creating the artist list, ensuring a gender-balanced artist line-up in the recent years’ artist selections. The artist submissions are considered alongside ideas from curators of SHAPE festivals.


SHAPE announces showcase at Gamma festival
The “Creative Europe”-supported SHAPE platform announces a large showcase at Gamma festival in St. Petersburg. The large-scale Russian festival of music and modern culture will be held for the fourth time from July 11 to July 14. This will be the fourth large SHAPE showcase outside of the EU after Montréal’s MUTEK, Rio De Janeiro’s “Novas Frequências” and Jinja, Uganda’s “Nyege Nyege”. Full list of SHAPE acts for this event is coming soon.

For several days, the Northern capital will once again become the epicentre of the electronic and avant-garde sound, media art and various cultural events. The music format of the festival will be presented by 10 stages in 4 different locations of St. Petersburg and an impressive international line-up, which includes artists from more than 15 countries of the world. The festival has already announced several acts, including Surgeon, I Hate Models and many others.

The organizers of the festival present this collaboration with the following words: “Gamma not only represents established names in music and contemporary art, but also opens up new ones. Therefore, in 2019 Gamma is hosting the project of the SHAPE platform with the support of the “Creative Europe” program with its two dozen fresh European artists performing in Russia for the first time. Thanks to this initiative Gamma continues to expand the boundaries of musical discourse.”

Click here for the Facebook event.