Thu, 14.06.2018, 20:00
With the groundbreaking awards for digital art, the Art Foundation Pax, in collaboration with HeK, Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel, honors and promotes media-specific practices by Swiss artists whose works use media technologies and reflect on their effects.
The jury, consisting of Mónica Bello (Head of Arts at CERN, Geneva), Nicolas C. Bopp (President of Art Foundation Pax), Davide Fornari (Head of R&D at ECAL, Lausanne), Sabine Himmelsbach (Director HeK) and Fausto De Lorenzo (De Lorenzo Art and Museum Management & Consulting GmbH) will honour the !Mediengruppe Bitnik for their advanced and long-standing work in the field of media art with a prize of CHF 30'000. 15'000 CHF will go to the artists as prize money and production support for a new work. A further CHF 15'000 will be used to purchase a work for the Art Foundation Pax collection. Two further prizes will be awarded to young up-and-coming media artists. CHF 15'000 each, including prize money and acquisition, will go to the Geneva artist Lauren Huret and the artist group Fragment.in from Lausanne.
The "non-Mediengruppe Bitnik", as the name is pronounced, has established itself as an important voice in the field of media art in Switzerland. The works of Carmen Weisskopf (Switzerland, *1976) and Domagoj Smoljo (Croatia, 1979), which span various areas of the media, reach an international audience. By addressing topics such as the involuntary publication of all usernames of the Ashley Madison platform ("Ashley Madison Angels at Work", 2017-2017), items for sale on the Deep Web ("Random Darknet Shopper" 2014-2016) or the legal status of Julian Assange ("Delivery for Mr. Assange" 2013), the artist group articulates itself in a consistent and novel way through relevant topics of public interest. Their work offers the audience unusual experiences and a greater awareness of the technologies that surround us.
Lauren Huret (*1984) is a Swiss artist whose work deals intensively with the effects of media technologies on individuals and society. In her videos and performances, the artist from Geneva deals with questions of identity in an increasingly technological world, for which she contrasts found material from the net with her own reflections.
The studio Fragmentin consists of the artists Laura Perrenoud (*1991), Marc Dubois (*1985) and David Colombini (*1989). In their works, the artist group explores the boundaries between the digital and physical environment and questions our present and the effects of technology in everyday life, especially from the perspective of control and influence. With their profound fascination for media technologies and media interaction, they create a multi-layered work that investigates the role of chance and control in modern interaction processes.