The Share Prize 2012 went to Stanza for his work Capacities: Life In The Emergent City. Mark Shepard received an honorary mention for Sentient City, and Antoine Schmitt' City Lights Orchestra received a special mention for being the most
participatory, bottom-up project..
V2_ is proud to congratulate all three artists on their achievements, specially since they have all worked with V2_ as artist-in-residence during the years.
Stanza came to V2_ in 1986 for the Artitexture event. Stanza (then as Bourbonese Qualk with Simon Crab) installed the "designed wallpaper" exhibition and showed the Artitexture video (which was recently made part of the Dutch heritage by NIMk).
His current winning work Capacities: Life In The Emergent City captures the changes over time in the environment
(city) and represents the changing life and complexity of space as an
emergent artwork. Capacities goes beyond simple single user interaction
to monitor and survey in real time the whole city and entirely represent
the complexities of the real time city as a shifting morphing and
complex system. The jury considered his work was found
to have effectively represented, both aesthetically and, above all,
technically, city life in real time, monitoring boroughs of London to
show the complexity of an urban location in real time as a system in
Antonine Schmitt was an artist-in-resident at V2_Lab, where he developed World Wide Ensemble, shown during DEAF07. About his winning project City Lights Orchestra - a visual symphony for city
windows, Schmitt states at night, each connected
computer illuminates the window of its office, of the home
and blinks, pulsates, beats, fades in and out, each
according to its own score, but all in rhythm with all the
others. The smart phones in the street do the same. The Share
Festival is inviting all of Turin to take part in the
collaborative crowd-sourcing event on November 10, 2012.
Mark Shepard was a V2_ summer resident in 2010, where he started developing Sentient City Survival Kit, a work that has put him on the AR (augmented reality) radar, and that was later shown at DEAF 2012. The jury of the Share Prize 2012 argued that "Sentient City" by Mark Shepard received an Honorary Mention as it
poignantly questions such fashionable concepts as a "Smart City" based
on the internet of things and ubiquitous computing. Offering us an
artistic survival kit against an over-coded environment, he prepares us
for life in a dystopian sentient city.
Since 2007, the aim of the Share Prize is
to discover, promote and support contemporary art in our global and
digital age. The competition is open to all artists that explore issues
concerning our society today, in which globalisation and the pervasive
reach of technology and new media have become the object of artistic
interest, against a backdrop of continuing, non-stop change. The Share Prize was launched in 2007 as a cornerstone of the Share Festival, held in Torino (Italy).
Piemonte Share Festival is an annual event held in Torino-Italy,
dedicated to contemporary art and culture in all its global dimensions
and interconnections with the Internet and new media. Share Festival was
founded in 2005 by Simona Lodi and
Chiara Garibaldi. The festival
is organized by the cultural association The Sharing. Every year an overarching theme,
encapsulated in the title of the event, brings the festival alive with
exhibitions, video screenings, in-depth conferences, symposiums,
workshops and performances.