SHAPE platform announces 2020 list of artists
The Creative Europe-supported SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art has announced its 2020 list of artists. The artist selection for the platform’s sixth year traditionally places a number of audiovisual projects and sound artists alongside musical acts that range from club music and forward-thinking media art to free improvisation and spatial music. SHAPE is also happy to welcome a new member – Italy’s Terraforma, and the festival has already contributed to this newly announced list of SHAPE acts.
The roster for the sixth year of SHAPE continues to demonstrate an eclecticism that is an outcome of the 16 diverse festivals selecting artists and projects together. A deliberate desire to detect streams of fresh ideas and unexpected influences beyond genre categories has influenced the choices of SHAPE’s curators. Drawing on the knowledge of their respective scenes as well as the vast options provided by the artist submissions from the platform’s open call, each festival proposed acts that were subsequently subject to collective voting. Thus, even though the 48-artist list is a collective decision, artists from this roster can be traced back to festivals that initially proposed them for participation in SHAPE.
Unsound’s submissions include artists well known from Kraków lineups. FOQL is Justyna Banaszczyk, an experimental electronic music producer, whose most recent project Mother Earth’s Doom Vibes with Edka Jarząb was presented at the last Unsound. Justyna will release a new album in 2020, a collaboration with Fischerle. We’ve also presented Ukrainian synth artist POLY CHAIN on a few occasions as well, the last time together with Bartosz Kruczyński. Finally there’s also VTSS, the heavy techno breakout star of the year, who shows absolutely no signs of slowing down in the near future.
The full 2020 roster includes:
Afrodeutsche, Aloïs Yang, Aquarian, Ben Bertrand, C/A Cslasha, Cam Deas, Céline Gillain, Clara de Asis, Hugo Esquinca, Dorota, Elina Waage Mikalsen, Elvin Brandhi, Farida Amadou with Steve Noble, Fausto Mercier, FOQL, Frédéric Gies, Jay Glass Dubs, KӣR, Lawrence Lek, Lyra Valenza & Camille Doussy, LYZZA, Ma’iwa, Marta de Pascalis, Moesha 13, Object Blue, Oktober Lieber, Oli XL, Oliver Torr, Peter Kutin, Piezo, Poly Chain, Rain Treanor, Richard Eigner, Rojin Sharafi, Rrill Bell, Sacrifice Seul, Schacke, Simina Oprescu, Širom, Stellar Om Source, Svetlana Maraš, Tadleeh, Upsammy, Virgen Maria, VTSS, Xin, Yann Gourdon,
as chosen by 16 festivals:
CTM Festival in Berlin, CYNETART Festival in Dresden, Festival Maintenant in Rennes, Insomnia Festival in Tromsø, Les siestes électroniques in Toulouse, MeetFactory in Prague, MoTA - Museum of Transitory Art in Ljubljana, Musikprotokoll im Steirischen Herbst in Graz, RIAM Festival in Marseilles, Rokolectiv Fetsival in Bucharest, Schiev Festival in Brussels, Skaņu Mežs in Riga, Terraforma Festival in Milan, TodaysArt Festival in The Hague, UH Fest in Budapest and Unsound Festival in Kraków.