European Connections in Digital Art (EUCIDA)
EUCIDA was a three-year project funded by Creative Europe led by Rua Red, Ireland in partnership with Lūznava Manor, Rēzeknes, Latvia and Espace Multimedia Gantner, France.
The Project aspired to work collaboratively and demonstrate innovation and high standards contributing to making the Digital Arts sector highly visible internationally whilst contributing to sustainable development and success. EUCIDA was an interactive and innovative community of Digital Artists and Cultural Workers connecting to imagine new ways of artistic mobility, to use technologies as a vector and to augment the sharing of experience, creative practice and professional opportunities transnationally both for artists and new publics in reality and virtually.
EUCIDA aimed to make digital arts accessible to a non-arts audience, and bring a wider public debate on arts and technology by a programme of ambitious and unique experiences including parallel exhibitions in Ireland, Latvia and France, an array of general and specialised workshops for artists and the public, residency opportunities for curators and artists, mobility visits for artists across Europe and an International Digital Arts Conference in Latvia.
For the duration of the project the EUCIDA platform acted as a hub for artists to discover opportunities in, and information about digital arts, interact with others in this field and profile themselves and their work.
EUCIDA believed digital arts can help us cross the national, cultural and linguistic borders that so often divide us. The project was a celebration of the difference and variety within Europe, but also of the universal languages and experiences that unite us. For this reason digital arts can speak to everyone: the Digital Arts field can move, delight, charm and provoke us all, no matter where we come from or what our language.