Since 2016 every year the Swiss art magazine Kunstbulletin and HeK award the prize, "net based", for net-based art, with prize money amounting to CHF 10,000.
From the ten projects that are nominated for the shortlist of the jury prize there is also an audience award. Voting takes place on the website of HeK (www.hek.ch) from beginning of April until May 26, 2018. Both winners, for the jury prize, as well as the audience award will be announced on May 26, 2018, during the net based award ceremony at HeK.
In 2016 "net based" has been launched as a new prize in Switzerland, which aims to draw attention to the Internet as a platform for artistic activities and to make innovative web-based projects or projects inspired by the Internet accessible to a broader public; at the same time, it aims to raise the visibility of the Swiss scene in this genre, and promote international exchange.
It is to the Internet as the site for art production and as a medium for distribution that the new prize is dedicated. The prize aims to promote net based art and innovative net culture. The prize will be advertised internationally and focuses on current artistic works on the Internet as well as projects that take their starting point on the Internet, even when the outcome or effects are not necessarily located in the web. One can submit projects completed within the last four years.
The prize will be advertised internationally and submissions will be reviewed by an international jury
Josephine Bosma, Critic, Amsterdam
Christophe Guignard, Professor for Media & Interaction Design, ECAL Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne
Valérie Perrin, Director at Espace Multimédia Gantner, Bourogne
Raffael Dörig, Director at Kunsthaus Langenthal, Langenthal
Sabine Himmelsbach, Director at HeK, Basel
The deadline for submissions is March 2, 2018.
By beginning of April the selected shortlist of submitted works will be published and on May 26, 2018, an award ceremony will take place at the HeK. The ceremony will be accompanied by an extensive program of events with workshops and artist presentations, contributing to an active exchange between creators of net based art, curators and other interested parties.
The prize is oriented towards a local as well as internationally scene of artists, that use the Internet for their artistic practice. There is no age limit. Any artist or group of artists may submit a project that is not older than four years. Submissions must include a completed registration form, including a description of the work; images; biographical information; links to existing work; and any other relevant information.
What are the award criteria?
The jury will evaluate the artistic quality and independent nature of the project. They are looking for extraordinary, pioneering projects that deal with and reflect on the Internet as a place for staging art and a place of inspiration.
What does "net based" mean? What kinds of projects can be submitted?
"net based" refers to an artistic approach that takes inspiration from the Internet, but a work’s impact does not have to be limited to the Internet. In today’s art discourse there is much talk of post-digital and post-Internet art. That is not at all to say that the digital sphere or global Internet are passé, but rather to prompt reflection on the fact that the Internet and all things digital are so ever-present that life without them is hardly imaginable.
Are the submitted works presented?
All nominated works will become part of the archive of artlog.net by Kunstbulletin. The selected shortlist will also be presented on the HeK website.