Shortlist released of the works nominated for the prize of 25,000 euros
In 2012 the Nam June Paik Award will be presented to an international artist for the sixth time.
A total of seven individual artists or artistic groups and their works were selected for the exhibition of nominees:
• Burak Arikan (New York/Istanbul) studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)in Cambridge, design at the Istanbul Bilgi University in Istanbul and engineering at the Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul. His works focus on cultural networks that have been substantially influenced, formed and changed by questions of politics and economics. His Network Mappings are currently on show at the 2012 Berlin Biennale.
• Cevdet Erek (Istanbul) studied architecture at the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in Istanbul and music at the Istanbul Technical University’s Centre for Advanced Studies. He creates sound installations that relate closely to their exhibition spaces. In 2012 he showed works at the Kunsthalle Basel and participate in dOCUMENTA (13).
• Florian Hecker (Kissing/Vienna) studied visual art at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and computer linguistics and psycholinguistics at the University of Munich. He composes and develops music and sound, and has collaborated with Angela Bulloch and others. His sound installations were exhibited in 2010 at the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt am Main.
• Thomas Köner studied electronic music at the CEM Studio in Arnheim, Holland and at the Dortmund Conservatory. His assemblages of image and sound open up unique spaces of experience.
• Gisela Motta and Leandro Lima (São Paulo)studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in São Paulo. They too are interested in the parameters of syntactic interdependency between image and sound. In 2012 they will present a solo exhibition at the Galeria Vermelho in São Paulo.
• Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas (Vilnius, Lithuania) both studied at the Vilnius Art Academy. Their artistic methods span a variety of different artistic disciplines, scientific investigation and the use of old and new media. Their works are continually updated as work in progress.
• Carlos Fadon Vicente (São Paulo) studied engineering and art. He is interested in photography, computer graphics and the beginnings of telecommunication.
Recent work will also be shown by the winners of the NRW Newcomer Prize 2010 - Erika Hock and Congress.
The Nam June Paik Award will be presented during the opening of the exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Bochum on 31 October 2012, 7 p.m. The Kunstmuseum Bochum is this year’s cooperating partner in the realisation and presentation of the NRW International Media Prize.
The prize is awarded for artistic works that have a special relationship to the work of Nam June Paik, in particular for their experimental or media-based approaches and methods.
The Kunststiftung NRW will also present a newcomer prize of €15,000 to a young artist from North Rhine-Westphalia.
Dr. Barbara Könches
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