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:
- Future Love: Our Profiles Kiss by Karoline Georges
- Future Play: Pure Movement 3, environment 1.2 by Ulla Nolden
- Future Work: Lighting Tools: Device For Excavations by Ivaylo Hristov
- Future Thrive: Surrogate Mechanica by Keith Kamholz
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.