Announcing the Winner of the Prix Net Art: JODI
Award of Distinction: Kari Altmann

After extensive deliberation, the Prix Net Art jury—comprising curators Michael Connor, Samantha Culp, Sabine Himmelsbach and Zhang Ga—is proud to announce that inaugural $10,000 Prix Net Art is awarded to artist duo JODI, with a $5,000 Award of Distinction granted to Kari Altmann.Explore their work here.

Jury Statement:

The internet is more than just a canvas, medium or publishing platform for art. The internet is a system that links human and machine intelligence to produce politics, economics, culture, and subjectivities. To make "internet art" is to intervene in, or participate mindfully in, these processes.

For this inaugural edition of the Prix Net Art, the top award was given in recognition of the rich tradition of web-based art. Following the release of the first widely used web browser in 1993, a number of artists embraced the web for its aesthetic and political possibilities, particularly as a way of reaching far-flung publics with a minimum of resources. JODI were key figures in this generation, often disrupting the web—its HTML and other code—in order to make its processes and effects more transparent. Throughout their careers, they have remained committed to the internet, in its changing forms over the years, as a contested and vital site for artistic practice.

The Award of Distinction, in contrast, is given this year in recognition of future directions and possibilities for internet art. Kari Altmann's practice is especially important in regard to the changing role of the artist in a highly networked culture. Referring to her practice as "based in the cloud," she works as an artist embedded within internet culture, forming collaborations and sharing images across Tumblr, Instagram, and other social media platforms and apps. Altmann works fluidly across the web and the gallery space, considering each artistic medium as another kind of file format, and each artwork as a node in an evolving, collaborative, and networked system in which she is also a node.

While the selected artists have differing approaches—and, in fact, are only two examples of possible practice in a field defined by diversity of form—they both reflect a sophisticated understanding of the internet not simply as a space or an object, but as a series of processes. Through intervention and participation, they find ways to make these processes more comprehensible, and to contest and critique their effects.

OVERVIEW

Rhizome, Tsinghua Art & Science Media Lab (TASML), and Center for Art and Technology (CAT) announce Prix Net Art, a new $10,000 prize for internet art. The prize will recognize the future promise of an artist making outstanding work on the internet, as demonstrated by excellent past achievement. A second distinction prize of $5000 will also be awarded. Awards are made on a "no strings attached" basis, acknowledging those who have continued to make work on the internet despite

The Prix Net Art (PNA) prize is an award for two artists demonstrating promise and achievement in the field of internet art. US$10,000 The "no strings attached" prize will be awarded 3 times total, once in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016, with an option to renew the agreement.

limited financial and institutional support, and who remain committed to working online.


Deadline for nominations is August 31, 2014. Full nomination guidelines are available  here.

Rhizome is an arts organization based on the internet, affiliated with the New Museum in New York. It advocates for contemporary art that creates richer and more critical digital cultures. Working online and off, it re-thinks artistic creation, distribution, and reception in relation to changing conditions associated with the internet, through exhibitions, events, commissions, collection and critical writing. It is a leading international organization to support art and technology, online since 1996.
http://www.rhizome.org


TASML | Tsinghua University Art and Science Media Laboratory. Under the auspices of the Art and Science Research Center of Tsinghua University, TASML is a research laboratory that aims to synergize the rich resources available among the Tsinghua's diverse research institutions and laboratories to create an incubator for crossbred, interdisciplinary experiments among artists, designers, scientists and technologists. TASML also functions as a center and a hub for worldwide exchange and collaboration both with academic and research institutions and the global media art and design community.
http://www.tasml.org


CAT / CCIA | Center for Art and Technology is a research and creation branch of CCIA. CAT aims to develop and promote cutting edge cultural products. With new media art as its unique catalyst and source of inspiration, aligning artists, scientists and technologists, CAT is conceived with four art and technology research labs supplemented by a social research institute to carry out research agenda with demonstrable outcomes. CAT is also committed to knowledge sharing and information dissemination through its regular exhibition and educational programs.


MISSION

The Prix Net Art celebrates the current moment of internet art and its future, and was created to acknowledge the shifting relationship between art and the web. Increasingly, the internet is the frame through which all contemporary art and culture is seen and understood. As many artists tackle technology as subject matter through different forms – sculpture, installation and painting – this prize seeks to address the relative scarcity of support for artwork that takes place primarily or exclusively online. The prize emphasizes the unique and crucial importance of such work in order to encourage those who continue to make art on the internet.


Each prize is an acknowledgement of one artist's outstanding work in internet art, and their future promise to contribute to the field, as evidenced by excellent and significant past achievement. The award is made on a "no strings attached" basis, acknowledging those who have continued to make work on the internet despite limited financial and institutional support, and who remain committed to working online.

CAT/CCIA, Rhizome, TASML. ©Prix Net Art 2014