Thu, 13.06.2019, 19:00
Admission: freeLinks: www.artfoundationpax.ch
With the ground-breaking prizes for digital art, the Art Foundation Pax in collaboration with HeK honours media-specific practices of Swiss artists whose works use media technologies or reflect on their effects. This year the Pax Art Awards 2019 will honour the work of an established group of artists and two up-and-coming artists who have shaped the Swiss media art scene in recent years and will continue to do so in the future.
The prize money supports the artists in the production of a new work. In addition, an existing work will be purchased for the Art Foundation Pax collection. The works of the award winners purchased for the Art Foundation Pax collection will be exhibited during the award ceremony. In spring 2020, existing and new works by the three prize winners will be presented in an exhibition at HeK.
Through their long-standing practice as artists, knowbotiq – formerly active as knowbotic research together with Alexander Tuchacek – has significantly shaped the media art scene in Switzerland. The artist group is among the first voices within the field and has created an impressive body of work spanning nearly 30 years of experimentation at the intersection of art, knowledge, information and technology. From the beginning, the artists have been dedicated to developing research-based works, around networked agency, immersive realities, epistemic disobedience and medialities of knowledge. Their work explores many areas from the poetic to the conceptual, revisiting for example the history of camouflage and cybernetics.
The jury particularly appreciates the conceptual profundity of the work by knowbotiq, praising the philosophical aspects of their artistic investigations, the variety of topics approached, as well as the formal care in the presentation of their complex installations and performances.
Bogana’s singular artistic practice focuses on the exploration of light, material processes and interactions within a vast array of natural phenomena, particularly related to minerals, fluids and crystals. These interests are deeper explored by applying different media and amplifying their range through series of mesmerising installations and devices that allows the viewer to enter the hidden realms of their natural world.
The combination of various forms and mediums, from sculpture, computer graphics and electronics to 3D printing technics, offer a great variety of languages and a solid and diverse application of multiple tools. Bogana’s artworks confront the viewer with the challenges of a common digital life and inspire to think about how modern technologies contribute to other ways of seeing and mimicking nature.
With a background in communication networks, visual studies and digital media design, Goguey’s practice revolves around the imperceptibility of the Internet and its invisible mechanisms, as well as its political and social consequences. By exploring the creative potential of programming languages and new open source technologies, he creates interactive installations, live performances, applications and connected objects. The core of his research focuses on mass surveillance conducted within communication networks by governmental entities and the relations between monitored spaces and their users.
The jury of the Pax Art Awards 2019 is impressed by the quality of Goguey’s work and its reference to current topics influencing our everyday lives. They appreciate the singular way in which the artist approaches not only the topic of the Internet as such but also its infrastructures, while praising the elegance and the originality of the artist’s works.
Jury: Mónica Bello (Head of Arts at CERN, Geneva), Nicolas C. Bopp (President of the Art Foundation Pax), Davide Fornari (Head of R&D at ECAL, Lausanne), Sabine Himmelsbach (Director HeK), Fausto De Lorenzo (De Lorenzo Art and Museum Management & Consulting GmbH) and Carmen Weisskopf (part of the artist duo !Mediengruppe Bitnik and winner of the Pax Art Awards 2018)
The Art Foundation Pax is an independent foundation for the promotion of digital and media-based art in Switzerland and is financially supported by Pax. It was established at the end of 2017. As one of the first foundation activities, the Pax Art Awards 2018 were awarded to the duo !Mediengruppe Bitnik, the artist Lauren Huret and the artist group Fragmentin on June 14th 2018.