Hermes Opera — New Technological Art Award 2014

By Karl Heinz Jeron • 8 Nov 2014

Welcome to the website of the New Technological Art Award 2014, an international art competition of the Liedts-Meesen which is part of our biennial update_5.


In reply to the call for projects for our international contest ‘New Technological Art Award 2014’, 383 candidates representing 50 nationalities wordwide have registered. This contest is organized by the Liedts-Meesen Foundation in the context of our biennial Update_5. Out of these projects, an international jury has selected with the proviso of 20 nominees to be presented in the Update_5 exhibition.

BAR-SHAI NURIT (IL) – Objectivity [tentative]: Soundscapes series
BELTRAN JD + MINNEMAN SCOTT (USA)- Cinema Snowglobe
CAIMO JO (BE) – InnerRythms
CALLANAN MARTIN JOHN (UK)– Departure of All
CASALEGNO MATTIA (IT) – RBSC.01
DEKOCK MATS (BE) – Reconstructing Mariënbad
GOIKHMAN ALISA (IL)–LangWidgets
HESS BART (NL)- Digital Artefacts
HOOD BEVERLEY (UK) – Glitching
JERON KARL (DE)– Hermes Opera
KUMAR NANDITA (IN) – eLemeNT EaRTh
KURBAK EBRU + POSCH IRENE (TR) – The Knitted Radio
LAM KEITH (HK) – One Day Social Sculpture
LIA (AT)- Filament Sculptures
MURRAY-RUST DAVE + VON JUNGENFELD ROCIO (° Duitsland)– Lichtsuchende
PIAT STÉFAN (FR) – Isola
QUAYOLA (IT) – Captives
TIEFENGRABER STEFAN (AT)- User Generated Server Destruction
TONSKI JACOB (USA)- Balance From Within
TRESSET PATRICK (FR) – 5 Robots Named Paul
VERHAEST ALEX (BE)- Temps Mort / Idle Times – Diner Scene

This jury was composed of: Idis Hartmann (Scientific Assistant Director of Prof. Peter Weibel of ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany), Jean-Marie Dallet (Professor at the University of Poitiers and exhibition commissioner of Update I, France), Françoise Meesen (Liedts-Meesen Foundation, Belgium), Stef Van Bellingen (Consultant Zebrastraat – Artistic Director of VZW Warp, Belgium), Paul Dujardin (Artistic Director Bozar, Brussels, Belgium), Nick Ervinck (artist, winner of the Price of the Public of Update II, Belgium), Julien Maire (artist, winner of the Prize of the Jury of Update II, Belgium), Alain Thibault (Artistic Director of Elektra, international digital arts festival, Canada), Martin Honzík (Head of Department Prix / Festival Ars Electronica, Linz – Austria), Edwin Carels (Curator New Media exhibitions, Belgium).

The nominees will compete for the coveted Prize of the Jury and Prize of the Public, which will be awarded at the end of the exhibition of the works during Update_5 (to be held from 8 to 23 November 2014 at Zebrastraat Ghent, Belgium).

Zebrastraat: knowledge centre

During the last few years, Zebrastraat Ghent has developed into a stimulating knowledge centre with a strong interest in art. Every two years we organize a Biennial called Update, linked with the New Technological Art Award (NTAA) contest, which tries to fill in a gap in the mainstream art world, by paying attention to the technological developments that drive our global culture.

NTAA selects and presents creations in which the culture-forming role of technology occupies a central place. Low or high tech, intuitive or experimental, the creations always draw our attention to actual innovative trends. The exhibition of achievements of the selected winners is a compass that orients you to the relevant temporal and resilient use of technology in the artistic sector.

In addition to the works of the NTAA, several key works will be displayed coming from the world of art, of scientific discoveries or breakthrough innovations that have significantly changed our way of living and thinking. These objects or concepts form the basis for a separate presentation and perception, in dialogue with the artworks of the nominees of the NTAA.

Location Art Exhibition Update_5: Zebra Street / New Zebra
Zebrastraat 32/001, 9000 Gent
Organization: Foundation Liedts-Meesen