SHAPE 2017 Roster announced

Anna Zaradny

JG Biberkopf

Waclaw Zimpel


Aurelia 1-Hz

December 23, 2016

The european sound and audiovisual art initiative unveils their annual selection

For the 3rd year running SHAPE announced their roster of 48 European artists, a selection more eclectic than ever demonstrating fresh ideas and unexpected influences beyond genre categories.

The artists represented span from DJs to improv and avant-garde, with an increasing interest in transversal practices merging performance, sound art and audiovisual installations.

The SHAPE project reunites 16 European non-profit organizations active within the ICAS – International Cities of Advanced Sound network to create a platform that aims to support, promote, and exchange innovative and aspiring emergent musicians and interdisciplinary artists with an interest in sound.

SHAPE stands for “Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe”.

For a much needed thorough investigation of the roster, click here.

SHAPE, the European platform for innovative music and audiovisual art. 

Getting Lost in a Forest
For the last decade, Skanu Mesz Festival has wandered off the beaten track of music and sound art, bringing down the walls between club hedonism and the avant-garde.
Skanu Mezs Festival 2016
Featuring King Midas Sound + Fennesz, Michael Finnissy, Vatican Shadow, Zebra Katz, Tropic of Cancer, Roger Turner and many others, including artists of the Skaņu Mežs co-founded SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art.
The audiovisual deconstruction of Julien Bayle
Julien Bayle's post-techno builds on structures and expands beyond the machines through improvisation.
Maintenant Festival
Set in Rennes, France, Maintenant festival is organized by Electroni[k] association and presents from 7th to 16th October a snapshot of artistic contemporary creativity in visual arts, music and new technologies. Line-up includes Masayoshi Fujita, Aurora Halal, Jackson, Pearson Sound, Ben UFO, Lena Willikens as well as installations by Joris Strijbos & Daan Johan or Studio PSK among others. Maintenant is part of SHAPE (
Cevdet Erek - Davul
Representing Turkey at the Venice Biennale, Cevdet Erek latest delivery for Subtext Recordings acts both as the recording of a musician and a documentation of his practice as a conceptual artist. Hypnotic and fiercely raw improvisation on different types of drums draw equally from the aesthetics of electronic music and total freedom from traditional musicianship. Downtuning the drums and involving objects are bringing Erek's exploration of flow and dynamics in textural territories.
Blessed Initiative s/t
Blessed Initiative is new project by Yair Elazar Glotman. Yair Elazar Glotman is a classically trained musician and sound artist based in Berlin whose previous works on Subtext include the Lp Études and a collaborative score with James Ginzburg for the experimental film Nimbes. Glotman has also released work under a number of pseudonyms, most notably as Ketev (Opal Tapes, Portals editions).
JG Biberkopf's acoustic archeology
In this exclusive mix for POSTmatter, Lithuanian musician Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf extends the usually electronically-infused span of his influences and showcases his interest in the field of music archeology. Resonances, recycled snippets, acoustic phenomenons all merge within a space where devotional music and internet soundscapes coexist. Bringing physicality to an intangible geography, Biberkopf sits between Dr Livingstone and Werner Herzog, blurring the lines between naturalistic contemplation and internet deconstruction. Recorded at 3 Dienos, Théâtre de l’Usine Festival & edited afterwards JG Biberkopf is part of SHAPE, the European initiative promoting innovative practices in sound and audiovisual art.
We will meet in the place where there is no darkness
'We will meet in the place where there is no darkness' is a site-specific installation exploring the relationship between space, light and sound by artist-architect Sebastian Kite. A weekly dance performance enables a different reading of the installation.
This artist paints masterpieces with code
Japanese programmer ‘KYND’ generates watercolour simulations that revitalise age-old creative tools. Featured in our partnership with WeTransfer
ScanLAB and NMC join forces
Go beyond the limits of live performance in ‘Collapse’ at the Southbank Centre, as 3D laser scans create spectacular digital sculptures that interact with the dancers. Featured as part of our partnership with WeTransfer