Art that looks back at you, pen and ink portraits by a robot called Paul and a single image made of 2500 photos taken on a road trip across America. These works are among the 25 digitally-created works from all over the world that have been shortlisted for $6250 worth of prizes to be unveiled in Cardiff on October 8th.
Cardiff's own Lumen Prize Exhibition, the global award for digital art, will announce its third annual winners at the new campus of the Cardiff School of Art and Design on Wednesday, Oct 8 from 6pm and launch its global tour of all 25 works selected for the Exhibition which moves to Athens, NYC, Amsterdam and London from Cardiff.
Gordon Young, the prize-winning artist who created Blackpool's Comedy Carpet, will be awarding award the top 3 cash prizes overall as well as a People's Choice Award chosen by over 1000 voters internationally. Artists from Czech Republic, Italy, Utah and Indiana, Finland and France will be on hand to find out if they are the recipient of one of 7 top cash prizes awarded by the Lumen Prize for digital art.
"This year, our contenders range from Emmy-awarding winning CG specialists who've worked on Hollywood blockbusters like Avatar to professors of digital art at universities in the US and UK, graphic designers, architects, illustrators, sound designers and, I'm pleased to note, a recent art school graduate, " says Carla Rapoport, CEO and Founder of the Lumen Prize.
Lumen will also install projections from the 2014 Lumen Exhibition at the St David's Chapel of the historic Llandaff Cathedral on 7th October, with support from the Computer Arts Society. The event will feature a welcome from the Dean. "To see Lumen artists work projected under the same roof as a Rossetti will be a real honour," says Rapoport.
Previous Lumen Prize exhibiting artists have gone to make fantastic strides in their artistic careers. Lumen's most recent alumni success is Joseph Connor, who was selected by Downing Street to have his iPad painting presented to the world leaders at the recent NATO conference in Newport.
Also attending will be Irini Papadimitriou, digital programmes manager of the V&A Museum, to award the Creative Coding Award, and Gary Thomas, of Abigail Addison of Animate Projects to award the Animate Award.
Notes for editors:
- Over 800 works from more than 40 countries globally were submitted for the Lumen Prize this year.
- The Lumen Prize Exhibition includes works from 15 countries globally, including South Africa, Ecuador, Finland and Australia.
- The Lumen winners ceremony takes places on 8th October, 6-8pm, at CSAD Llandaff Campus
- The Lumen preview takes place 7th Oct at Llandaff Cathedral, 6-8pm
- The Lumen Prize Masters Seminar will take place at CSAD at 5-6pm, 8th October where academics from US, UK and Italy will talk about topics including the app as art, unconventional storytelling in digital art, animation and more.
- The Lumen Prize receives key logistical support from the City of Cardiff, where the prize is based.
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