VIDA 15.0 Award
I have to say that this year’s VIDA 15.0 Awarded projects constitute a great selection of really interesting artists. The first prize went to Kerstin Ergenzinger for her work Rotes Rauschen, second to Agnes Meyer-Brandis for her Moon Goose Analogue: Lunar Migration Bird Facility and third to Yunchul Kim for his work Effulge.
A special mention was given to Martin Schneider (Germany), Ursula Damm (Germany), Diane Morin (Canada), Sion Jeong (South Korea / Germany), Heather Dewey-Hagborg (USA), Louis-Philippe Demers (Singapore), Cathrine Kramer, Zackery Denfeld (Norway/USA) and Nils Völker (Germany).
As you might have noticed, I have already written about several of these artists here on re-flexion. I also had the privilege to work with some of them (Kerstin Ergenzinger, Yunchul Kim, Sion Jeong and Diane Morin) in Electrohype exhibitions.
It’s remarkable, and important to point out, that nearly all of these artists have connections to Germany. This doesn’t surprise me – Germany is one of the major countries regarding electronic art. Indeed Yunchul and Sion are from Korea, but they have both studied at KHM, Academy of Media Arts Cologne. I truly believe that KHM has played a major role in creating an inspiring environment in Germany for this particular art genre.
It’s also great to see that there are many female artists among the selected this year. I’m sure I will come back to some of them eventually and write more articles about their works.
VIDA, the International Art and Artificial Life Awards, was launched in 1999 by Fundación Telefónica. Visit VIDA’s website.
Earlier articles about some of the mentioned artists:
State of Being at Edith-Russ-Haus (Kerstin Ergenzinger)