Announcing the Winners of the FutureFest Art Prize 2016

Sedition and Nesta are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2016 Futurefest Art Prize. Earlier this year, we held an Open Call for artists to respond to four themes of FutureFest: Love, Play, Work and Thrive, to explore and imagine ideas of the future in 30 years time.

Twelve shortlisted artists (three for each theme) were selected from over 270 entries from around the work. Works were showcased at FutureFest, which took place at the Tobacco Docks in London on 17 and 18 September 2016. Four winners were selected and announced at the event following a live audience vote.

The winners for the 2016 FutureFest Art Prize are:


FutureFest Art Prize shortlisted works on display at the Sedition stand at FutureFest 2016

FutureFest Art Prize shortlisted works on display at the Sedition stand at FutureFest 2016


Winners were announced by Geoff Mulgan, CEO of Nesta at the end of each day. On Saturday 17 September, the Future Love and Future Play prize was awarded to Karoline Georges and Ulla Nolden. The Future Work and Future Thrive prize winners Ivaylo Hristov and Keith Kamholz were chosen at the festival’s culminating talk on Sunday 18 September.

Our Profiles Kiss by Karoline Georges explores love between two avatars created using 3D modelling techniques. The avatars are virtual yet extremely realistic; the artist works in the space between real and virtual to create a new poetic language. Ulla Nolden’s Pure Movement 3, environment 1.2 maps the behaviour of swarms through intricate algorithms, inspired by an interest in the balance between simplicity and complexity in insect swarms. Ivaylo Hristov’s Lighting Tools: Device For Excavations combines hand tools and lights to explore the future obsolescence and beauty of workplace equipment in an age of automation. Primal hand tools are wrapped in lights, simultaneously turning focus on to the tools and rendering them unusable. Surrogate Mechanica by Keith Kamholz imagines a future in which human babies grow in the transparent wombs of surrogate mechanical robots, sparing a couple the pain and risk of carrying and delivering a child.

The four winners each receive a £500 cash prize. In addition, their work will be launched and promoted on Sedition to an international audience of art collectors and digital enthusiasts. We congratulate the winners and thank all those who submitted for all their incredible contributions. Attendees of the festival will have the chance to claim their free edition of one of the winning entries.

The festival brought together pioneering technologies and visionary entrepreneurs, creatives and researchers in an inspiring programme of events at London’s Tobacco Dock. The judging panel for the Art Prize was comprised of international influencers and experts including artist Claudia Hart, FIELD creative studio, body>data>space Creative Director Ghislaine Boddington and Bellweather: Food Trends Director Dr Morgaine Gaye.

Read more about FutureFest 2016 here. Discover the full list of artists shortlisted for the FutureFest Art Prize on Sedition, here.

Announcement: FutureFest Art Prize Shortlist

We are delighted to announce the shortlist selected for the FutureFest Art Prize. We received over 270 submissions from around the world and after a challenging review process, twelve artworks (three for each theme) have been selected to be showcased at the weekend festival in September. Four overall winners will be selected and announced following a live audience vote at the event. Each winner will be awarded a £500 cash prize and will have their work launched on Sedition and promoted to an international audience of art and digital enthusiasts and collectors.

The shortlisted artworks are:

Future Love

Judges: Ghislaine Boddington, Rory Blain


Future Work

Judges: Ruth Amos, Tom Berman, Geoff Mulgan


Future Play
Judges: Pat Kane, Claudia Hart, Ashley Wong


Future Thrive
Judges: Dr Morgaine Gaye, FIELD, Josh McNorton


Futurefest is Nesta’s annual festival of ideas, talks and interactive performances that will take  place from 17-18 September 2016 at London’s Tobacco Dock. The event focuses ideas and visions that will define the future in 20-30 years to come. This year’s festival is curated around four themes exploring the future of: Love, Work, Play and Thrive. This year’s festival will feature influential speakers including, Brian Eno, DJ Spooky, Will Self, Sherry Coutu and Rhianna Pratchett, and many more, alongside performances and art installations presented throughout the weekend.

FutureFest 2016 takes place at Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London E1W 2SF from 17-18 September 2016. For tickets and information, visit:

Art In The Digital Age: Screening And Artist Talk In New York


On Wednesday, 31 August 2016, Sedition presents a screening and artist talk in New York in collaboration with Postmasters Gallery. The event is part of the Art In The Digital Age series organised by Sedition, which brings together artists, curators and digital art specialists to explore the future of art making, collecting and curation, and is the first event hosted in New York.


These Rocks Won’t Lose Their Shape by Katie Torn

These Rocks Won’t Lose Their Shape by Katie Torn


From 7pm in a private location in the Lower East Side will feature a curated selection of digital artworks by artists including Andrew Thomas Huang, Claudia Hart, Katie Torn, Monica Cook, Brian Alfred, Mark Dorf, NONOTAK, Zeitguised, Rafael Rozendaal, Lawrence Lek, LoVid and LIA. Artists Claudia Hart, Katie Torn and Monica Cook will present to discuss their work and practice in conversation with Ashley Wong, Head of Programmes, Sedition and Paulina Bebecka, Director, Postmasters. The panel will offer an insight into the diverse ways in which digital media and art practice can combine, as well as considering how artists can negotiate a career in digital art. Meural will also present a digital canvas during the event showing works by Sedition artists as part of an ongoing collaboration. The screening and talk will be followed by a social event with music by DJ Antwan Duncan from 9pm onwards.

Les Petites Romantiques - collection by Claudia Hart available on Sedition

Les Petites Romantiques – collection by Claudia Hart available on Sedition


Art In The Digital Age
: Artist Talk and Screening takes place on 31 August from 7pm in a private location. If you’re in New York and would like to attend, please contact: for further information. 


Ron Arad presents Curtain Call at the Roundhouse

Ron Arad's 'Curtain Call' at the Roundhouse, 2011

Ron Arad’s ‘Curtain Call’ at the Roundhouse, 2011


From 6-29 August 2016 Ron Arad transforms London’s Roundhouse with an elaborate large-scale installation and a series of events in collaboration with internationally renowned artists.

For Curtain Call, renowned artist, architect and designer Arad has redefined the curtain with an installation of over 5,000 cascading silicon rods. The result is a curtain or canopy which can be wandered through and explored, which catches and distorts the light, and which is both monumental and intimate. The rods hang from a steel ring 18m in diameter, within which performances will take place. In addition, moving image works will be projected onto the composite circular ‘screen’; visitors are invited to walk through the screen as an alternative to watching, more typically, from afar.

“Walk in, penetrate, cross the moving images to get inside the cylinder. You’ll be engulfed by images –a captive, but also a creator. It’s amazing what exciting things happen on both sides of the curtain.” – Ron Arad




Curtain Call was first presented at Roundhouse in 2011. As part of the 2016 installation Ron Arad has collaborated with numerous internationally renowned artists and creatives to present works on the giant circular screen. Universal Everything and Daniel Landau are among those who have collaborated with Arad for Curtain Call 2016, while Mat Collishaw and Christian Marclay are among artists from the project’s 2011 run who have collaborated for the second time. In addition to the project’s artist collaborations, a programme of events has been developed around the Curtain Call installation. Visitors to Roundhouse can enjoy performances by Matthew Herbert, Gaika, the BBC Proms and Dan Deacon, among others in the Curtain Call Live programme.



Curtain Call is presented as part of Bloomberg Summer at the Roundhouse, an annual programme designed to connect innovative cultural production and new audiences. The programme also celebrates fifty years of the Roundhouse, which for five decades has presented a diverse events programme incorporating arts, music, theatre and performance. As well as showcasing the work of new and established arts practitioners, the Roundhouse works to foster the careers of young people interested in working in creative disciplines.

Alongside Curtain Call, Sedition is pleased to be releasing a new work by Universal Everything as a digital edition. Stay tuned for more updates on the new release.

Curtain Call runs from 6-29 August 2016 at Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH. For tickets and information on Curtain Call, visit:

Walter Hugo & Zoniel’s Spectra and highlights of the 2016 Liverpool Biennial

The 2016 Liverpool Biennial is under way, and features an interactive installation by Sedition artists Walter Hugo and Zoniel. The Biennial, which has been running since 2009, is the largest festival of its kind in the UK and presents diverse public artworks in traditional and non-traditional art spaces across the city. The festival provides a platform for local and international artists as well as supporting the careers of emerging artists.

This year’s Liverpool Biennial runs from 9 July until 16 October 2016; some of the prominent locations in which to the discover the Biennale include Cains Brewery and Tate Liverpool. At Open Eye Gallery on Liverpool’s Waterfront, Walter Hugo and Zoniel present a large scale installation piece titled Spectra on the facade of the gallery.

The installation began as an interactive public work over the weekend of 8-10 July; during this time people of all ages were invited to catapult paint-filled balloons at the external wall of the gallery. The colours used were given to participants based on their responses to questions about their relationship to art and to the space. The resulting layers and sequences of colour can be read as a kind of encoding of the artistic interests of Biennial visitors.

SPECTRA by Walter Hugo and Zoniel

SPECTRA by Walter Hugo and Zoniel


Spectra follows on from Walter Hugo and Zoniel’s installation work The Physical Possibility Of Inspiring Imagination In The Mind Of Somebody Living, which was presented at the 2014 Liverpool Biennial. For this work, the artists filled a derelict building with jellyfish and opened the space to visitors every evening at sundown. Digital editions derived from the work are also available as digital editions on the Sedition curated platform. Explore the Echoes of Toki collection here.


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Echoes of Toki #1 by Walter Hugo and Zoniel


Alongside the installation by Walter Hugo and Zoniel, Open Eye Gallery has hosted a number of events and exhibitions during the Biennial. Between 6 and 11 July Ben McDonnell was among artists presenting work in Telling Tales at 46-41 Duke Street. The exhibition, which explored the recreation of experience through diverse media including sculpture, photography and sound, was presented by Open Eye as part of the Liverpool Biennial Fringe programme. McDonnell’s work was among those presented by RCA, Subject Matter and Sedition at The Campaign in March.

Other artists to look out for at the Liverpool Biennale include Ian Cheng, whose installation Emissary Forks for You at Cain’s Brewery takes the form of a guided exhibition tour led by a small virtual dog, Susan Treister’s HFT The Gardener at Liverpool John Moore University and Oliver Laric’s 3D scans (and associated data) of statues from the Walker Art Gallery.

There is also plenty to explore at the Biennial for those interested in the intersection of art and the digital. FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) Liverpool are running a series of workshops introducing young people to electronics, co-design techniques and programming. FACT plays host to a panel discussion on the permanence and material cultural significance of data on 14 September; panelists include Jussi Parikka and Hannah Redler. As part of MakeFest 2016 FACT will be travelling to Manchester to present current maker projects (including an appearance from the Robot Orchestra) at the Museum of Science and Industry on 20 and 21 August.Curator-led guided tours of Cains Brewery, Open Eye Gallery and other venues are interspersed throughout the festival, while on 22 September the Another Version Of Events moving image programme presents Circuit Breakers, a series of film and video works made with new technologies.

Liverpool Biennial 2016 takes place at venues throughout Liverpool until 16 October 2016.

Spectra by Walter Hugo and Zoniel is presented at Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 1BP until 16 October 2016.

Sedition Artists Nominated For The 2016 Lumen Prize


SIGNALS by Nicolas Sassoon and Rick Silva

Five artists and artist groups whose work is featured on the Sedition platform have been selected for the longlist of the 2016 Lumen Prize. The list for the Prize, which celebrates art made using digital rendering and production techniques, was chosen from over 550 entered works.

The Lumen Prize aims to promote digital art on a global stage, creating new conversations and opportunities for artists working with digital media. To be eligible for entry, works must have been developed using digital techniques; this includes – but is not limited to – sound, animation, moving image, gaming technology and applications.

The longlist of nominees include four artists whose work is also presented as digital editions on Sedition. Listed for the Moving Image Award is SIGNALS by Nicolas Sassoon and Rick Silva; the SIGNALS project is available on Sedition as a collection of digital editions. German art and design collective Onformative have been nominated for the 3D/Sculpture Award for their installation Anima-iki, while Carla GannisSelfie Drawings Book project has been selected in the Mixed Reality category. Claire Reika Wright’s piece Turmoil, accompanied by a soundtrack by composer Louise Utterson, has been selected for the moving image award.

A further addition to the longlist is one of the latest artists to join Sedition’s curated platform. Mike Pelletier, whose work Time Of Flight was recently launched as a digital edition, was selected for his motion capture animation work Performance Capture Part Two.

The Lumen Prize longlist was announced on 13 July at the Electronic Visualisation and the Arts Conference in London. The shortlist will be selected by a jury including Senior Curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Douglas Dodds, Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) Shanghai Curator, WeiWei Wang and award-winning filmmaker, Michael Fukushima. The public are also invited to choose their favourite work from the longlist in the People’s Choice Award vote, which opens on 10 August. The works which can be nominated for the People’s Choice Award can be viewed on the Lumen Prize Online Gallery.

The shortlist of artists will be announced in September, before the overall winners are announced on 29 September at the Lumen Winners’ Gala at Hackney House, London. The work of the shortlisted artists will then be presented in the fifth global Lumen Prize exhibition tour, which this year will visit Shanghai, New York City, London, Leeds and Caerphilly.

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Shezad Dawood Presents Screening Of ‘Towards The Possible Film’

Shezad Dawood’s Towards The Possible Film

Shezad Dawood’s Towards The Possible Film


This summer Sedition is pleased to present a series of events at Shoreditch and Soho House in London. For the second in the series, acclaimed artist Shezad Dawood presents a screening of Towards The Possible Film at Soho House. The screening is followed by a conversation between the artist and Oliver Basciano, Editor at Art Review, and an audience Q&A.  

Towards The Possible Film is a 20-minute video work made in 2014. It presents the story of two new arrivals in a desolate, rocky land. The visitors, who appear to come from another world and atmosphere entirely, make headway into the landscape, eventually meeting those who already live there. Dawood’s use of framing and narrative structures creates a dissonant work; the work could be taking place on Earth or on another planet, in the past or in the future. The work’s nuanced depiction of interaction brings together themes of colonisation, isolation and the relationship between people and environment.

Dawood will discuss his practice with Oliver Basciano, an art critic and writer who has worked at Art Review since 2009. Now the International Editor for Art Review, Basciano also writes for The Guardian and Spike Art Quarterly.

Sedition’s Art In The Digital Age series is a programme of events focusing on the way digital media is shaping the art market in various ways. The programme looks at the influence of the digital on art collecting, art making and art sales. By looking at the present art market, the series seeks to also consider what is likely to happen in the art world in future years.

The screening takes place on Wednesday, 6 July 2016, 6:45pm at Soho House, 76 Dean St, London, W1D 3SQ. Free entry, limited capacity.

Register your place at the event via Eventbrite

View artworks by Shezad Dawood on Sedition


From Pigment to Pixels: Panel Discussion at Brown’s London Art Weekend

This Saturday 2 July 2016, Sedition’s Director Rory Blain will be presenting on a panel to discuss the present and future of digital art at Brown’s London Art Weekend. From Pigment to Pixels is one part of series of talks and events held at Brown’s Hotel in London’s Mayfair over the weekend of 1-3 July. The event brings together experts in the field of digital art to examine how new technological developments are set to shape the art creating and art collecting landscapes. Panellists include: Anders Petterson, founder of ArtTactic, independent curator, Estela Oliva, and artist Eloise Fornieles, moderated by Ghislaine Boddington, founder of body>data>space.


For this special event, Rory Blain will discuss the work of Sedition, offering insight into the experience of producing and distributing the work of artists in a new format. Anders Petterson, the founder of London based art market research company ArtTactic Ltd will discuss innovation in art-market research methods, making them a leading commentator on the global art market. Petterson lectures on the topic of ‘Art as an asset class’ for CASS Business School and Sotheby’s Institute in London. Estela Oliva, independent curator and creative director is also the founder of Alpha-ville, a creative agency working across art, technology and digital culture. She will explore the impact of technology on human behaviour through the construction of hybrid environments in her work. Through engagements with performance, video, spoken word and photography, artist Eloise Fornieles examines the way in which live acts are documented and communicated. She will discuss her upcoming project that combines performance and social media, and examining the relationship between the two.

The panel is chaired by Ghislaine Boddington, Co-founder and Creative Director of body>data>space and Women Shift Digital. Ghislaine is curating the Future Love theme at the upcoming FutureFest 2016 and has worked extensively with interactive interfaces and body responsive technologies for the past 25 years. Her diverse perspective enables her lead the discussion into fruitful directions. Together the panelists bring together a wealth of experience to share during the weekend events.

Join us for this enriching discussion this Saturday at 4pm – RSVP to attend

From Pigments to Pixels begins at 4pm on 2 July in the Roosevelt Room at Brown’s Hotel, 33 Albemarle Street, London W1S 1BP as part of Brown’s London Art Weekend.

Sedition Artworks Available as Gift Cards in the Royal Academy Shop


Sedition gift cards in the Royal Academy shop

Sedition is delighted to offer a range of digital artworks by world renowned contemporary artists for sale at the Royal Academy in London. Fourteen artworks created exclusively for Sedition by Royal Academicians Michael Craig-Martin, Jenny Holzer, Tracey Emin, Ron Arad, Bob and Roberta Smith and Yinka Shonibare MBE are available as gift cards now displayed in the Royal Academy foyer and shop. Priced between £20 and £155, the full range of digital editions can be viewed and purchased on the Royal Academy online shop.

The Sedition gift cards are an easy and affordable way to take an original limited edition video artwork home with you from the Royal Academy or give as a special gift for a friend or loved one. All works can be viewed on any smartphone, tablet, computer or TV. In this way, Sedition presents presents a new way to collect and display art in the digital age.

For the best viewing experience, we highly recommend downloading our apps for iPhone, iPad and Android from the App Store and GooglePlay to experience the works at home or on the move. Works can be downloaded into the app and viewed even while offline. You can also access the artworks through the browser by logging in at

To redeem your Royal Academy digital edition, simply:

  • Select an artwork and bring the gift card to checkout to purchase.
  • Scratch off the back of the card to reveal a code.
  • Go to
  • Sign-in or create an account on Sedition (it’s free to join). Enter the code on the back of the card and click Redeem.
  • The artwork is automatically added to your Vault on your Sedition account and can be viewed on any connected TV, tablet, smartphone or computer.
  • Download the free Sedition iPhone/iPad, Android and Samsung Smart TV app to enjoy the artwork on your screens and devices.

Sedition Gift Cards Point Of Sale in the Royal Academy Foyer

Sedition gift cards Point Of Sale in the Royal Academy Foyer

The launch of the Sedition display coincides with opening of the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition 2016, which runs from 13 June until 21 August 2016. This year’s exhibition features work by Jake & Dinos Chapman, Jane & Louise Wilson, Ron Arad and Gordon Cheung and many others. For the institution’s 250th anniversary in 2018, a large-scale public artwork by Yinka Shonibare MBE has been designed to wrap around the facade of the Royal Academy building. It features a collage of images showing key figures and moments in the history of the institution, overlaid with a brightly coloured fabric design by Shonibare.

Visit the Royal Academy at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016

This year, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition features works by Jane and Louise Wilson, Ron Arad, Jake and Dinos Chapman and Yinka Shonibare.

The Summer Exhibition is a cornerstone of UK art – every year since 1769 it has invited artists from across the world, whether established or unknown, to submit works to the largest open call in the UK. Entries are put before a committee and the selected works are displayed through the summer months alongside works by leading contemporary artists.

The 2016 exhibition is curated by Richard Wilson RA and runs from 13 June to 21 August at Burlington House, Piccadilly. The exhibition’s overarching theme is the artist duo; Wilson has specially chosen long-term collaborators whose work represents the art world today.

Among the works presented are a photographic installation derived from Jane and Louise Wilson’s Chernobyl series. The installation lines the main staircase of the Royal Academy. Jake and Dinos Chapman present prints from their Human Rainbow series as well as their sculptural work The New Arrival, while Tim Noble and Sue Webster present their neon and aluminium work Forever.


In addition to the work of artist duos, the Royal Academy Summer Show contains over 1200 individual works by international artists – including works by a number of practitioners whose work is on Sedition. Ron Arad will exhibit Spyre, a large scale kinetic sculpture in the Royal Academy courtyard for the duration of the exhibition, while works by Michael Craig-Martin,Tracey Emin, Rachel Howard, Bob and Roberta Smith and Gordon Cheung can be seen on a tour of the galleries. Also showing work in the galleries is Yinka Shonibare, whose large scale installation can be seen wrapping the building in Burlington House in London’s Piccadilly.

Alongside the Summer Exhibition, the work of Sedition artists can be purchased as gift cards from the Royal Academy gift shop and foyer. You can read more on how to purchase the cards here. Alternatively, visit the Royal Academy online shop to explore the listed works.

You can see the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition from 13 June to 21 August at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London.