Marloes de Valk wins 'Hash Award 2018' Virtual Goes Real

Akademie Schloss Solitude and ZKM awarded the first international production award »Hash« to Dutch software artist, author and V2_Fellow Marloes de Valk. The award honors net-based projects in the fields of art, technology, and design

Inspired by the Hash value from information technology, which is unique for each file and used as a test value for data transfer, the »Hash« award stands for project excellence. The prize is awarded to one of the 2016/17 web residents from the English-language online Web Residencies program, jointly organized by Akademie Schloss Solitude and ZKM.

Here, works emerged that were poetic as well as political, experimental as well as utopian. The works are primarily situated in the interstitial space between critique and optimism, reality and fiction. They show the tensions of technology and humans, intervene into common narrations of the Internet and society, or create space for new imaginations of another future. They reflect the role of art and its institutions in the age of the Internet and digital (re-)production.

This year's winner of the »Hash«, Marloes de Valk, critically examines the mechanisms and contexts of propaganda, fake news and climate change in her artistic work ranging from computer games to installations to publications, surveillance technologies and artificial intelligence. During a four-week Web Residency in 2017 on »Art & Whistleblowing«, she explored in an essayist work the strategies of industry and politics to manipulate public opinion and the role of the media, based on PR campaigns during the 1980s in the US.

In particular, juror Marisa Olson convinced the variety of media the artist uses as a »passionate and informed cultural commentator on the larger ecosystem of technological devices that includes network culture and its symptoms - from global warming to infectious surveillance states. When talking about Internet Art in 2018, it is essential to include this wider range of aesthetic, cultural and political considerations.« (Marisa Olson)


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