Semiconductor Wins Samsung Art+ Prize
10,000k win in first ever prize for new media art
The winners of the Samsung Art+ Prize have been announced this evening in a ceremony at the BFI Southbank. From a shortlist of 10 nominated artists, Semiconductor has been chosen as the first prize £10,000 winner. Semiconductor is UK artists Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. Over the past fifteen years they have become known for developing a unique and innovative body of moving image works, which explore the material nature of our world, how we experience it and how we create an understanding of it: questioning our place in the physical universe. Second prize went to Lucky PDF as £5,000 winner and Doug Fishbone has been selected by the public as the winner of the Samsung Art+ Prize audience award. It has also been announced today that David Hall has been chosen by the panel of judges as the recipient of the lifetime achievement award.
The Samsung Art+ Prize was the UK’s first ever prize for new media art and aims to highlight artists who reveal the ways technologies can touch our lives. The Samsung Art+ Prize exhibition is on display at the BFI Southbank until 29 January 2012 and includes work by all ten shortlisted artists Neil Cummings, Doug Fishbone, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Torsten Lauschmann, Lucky PDF, Aura Satz, Hiraki Sawa, Semiconductor, Erika Tan and Thomson and Craighead.
The Samsung Art+ Prize, the UK's first digital media art competition, showcases the works of technologically-inspired contemporary artists. Ten shortlisted artists are exhibiting their work at the BFI in London's Southbank, with the winners selected by a panel of judges.