German translation 

The ECX will be coordinated by the European Cultural Backbone, a coalition of media cultural institutions in Europe. For further information, please, contact  Andreas Broeckmann, V2_ Rotterdam, 

ECX - european cultural Xchange 
the european cultural protection programme 

[developed during the Syndicate Meeting, Budapest/HU, 23-25 April 1999] 


The ECX is a programme intended to provide selected artists, academics, curators, journalists and related cultural practitioners from the European conflict regions with an opportunity  to continue their work in an open and secure environment. The military and political circumstances in, for example, Yugoslavia, has forced those individuals who were actively engaged in alternative and open cultural, artistic and political production to radically curtail their activity for fear of prosecution and harassment, endangering not only themselves, but also their families, friends and relatives. Under the auspices of host cultural and artistic organisations in Europe and beyond, the ECX will act as a guarantor of continued cultural and intellectual activity during and after the times of conflict. 


In the framework of the ECX programme, internationally recognised cultural institutions will offer residency places to artists and other cultural practitioners threatened by conflict, inviting them to work on specific projects in a context of increased personal security and guaranteed freedom of expression. 


The ECX will engage to actively support projects which:  

-- foster and maintain open forms of artistic and cultural  expression considered under direct threat 
-- act to further European integration and preservation of cross-cultural and multi-ethnic dialogue 
-- engage the experience and knowhow of artists from crisis areas to develop ongoing cultural cooperation in Europe 
-- enable the re-establishment of basic civil, political and cultural 
structures upon the cessation of conflict in the region 


The ECX will establish a framework to provide technical assistance, day to day support, and a social space to allow networking with local artists, curators and academics as well as with the public at large. This is considered as a fundamental function of the programme, leading to genuine working connections among European and international artists, cultural practitioners and media organisations. 

In the framework of the ECX, host organisations provide: 

-- travel expenses to the host organisation 
-- lodging during the residency period 
-- insurance, visa and general administrative support (which will also be supported politically and practically by the European Cultural Backbone) 
-- per diem 
-- working space, access to technical equipment, technical and conceptual support, production and presentation opportunities 

Official Regulations  

Applications are processed by the host organisations. There is no age limit for participating in the ECX programme. Knowledge of English or the national language of the host country is preferable.  

Selections will be made by the hosting organisations on the basis of their technical and organisational possibilities and the suitability of the project to the host organisation s work in accordance with the ECX s stated aims. Residency limits, per diems and the scope of cooperation and support will be established on a case by case basis. 

Supporting Institutions and Hosts  

- Ars Electronica Center, Linz/Austria,
- De Balie, Amsterdam/the Netherlands,
- Bauhaus Dessau, Dessau/Germany
- C3 - Centre for Culture and Communication, Budapest/Hungary,
- Foundation and Center for Contemporary Art, Prague/Czech Republic
- GMD-German National Research Center for IT/IMK.MARS,
- IDEA - Innovation in Digital and Electronic Arts, Manchester/UK,
- ISEA - Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts, Montréal/Canada,
- Kampnagel - International Arts Centre, Hamburg/Germany
- Ljudmila - Ljubljana Digital Media Lab, Ljubljana/Slovenia,
- Public Netbase t0, Vienna/Austria,
- V2_Lab - International Laboratory for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam/the
- De Waag - Society for Old and New Media, Amsterdam/the Netherlands,
- ZKM - Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe/Germany,

(mid-May 1999)

The ECX will be coordinated by the European Cultural Backbone, a coalition of media cultural institutions in Europe. For further information, please, contact  Andreas Broeckmann, V2_ Rotterdam,