Prix Cube 2016: Iris & Cedar

Reference center for digital creation in France, Le Cube continues with this 3rd edition of the Prix Cube (International Digital Art Prize for Emerging Artists) to promote and support emerging artists and innovative practices in today’s art. This international award for young designers in digital art distinguishes a digital artwork under 2 years performed by artists under 36 years in the fields of interactivity, generativity, network, the Internet or mobility.

A selection committee met to choose the six works nominated for the Prix Cube 2016. The 6 shortlisted artworks will be exhibited during the Prix Cube from 13 to 17 April 2016 in the exceptional setting of the Espace Saint-Sauveur, a desacralized 19th century chapel in Issy-les-Moulineaux A jury of personalities from the cultural, institutional and media finally nominate the winner of the 2016 Cube at the official evening awards ceremony, Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

Digitalarti Media, partner of the Prix Cube 2016 has meet the nominated digital artists. Last portrait with the Chinese artist duo Iris & Cedar and Surveillance their real time installation with two talkative fishes.

I & C (IRIS & CEDAR)
Surveillance

We all recall the sequence in the Monty Python film when the carp in a fish tank in a restaurant, where they are due to be tossed into a pot, discuss the meaning of life… In Surveillance, the installation by I & C, two fish— one red and one black — give the impression of chatting in their fish bowl. They appear to comment real-time, through messaging, on the live newsfeed, in this case the BBC News Service. Here’s how it works: Sharky and George (the names of the fish) are "permanently tracked by a computer system that analyses their speed and the distance that they cover in their fish bowl. 

Projected onto a screen, this data is combined with the information feed from a news website that is updated every 10 seconds and presented in the form of text bubbles like a succession of text messages". This installation is a metaphor of our behaviour when we surf the web, also denouncing the monitoring and collection of our personal data that takes place by the web industry.

Two Chinese artists, I & C, Zhou Shan (Cedar) and Long Xinru (Iris) based in London are behind this device. Cedar has a Masters in "Computational Studio Art" from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Iris has a Masters in "Critical Writing" from the Royal College of Art. They both share "a profound interest in the notion of data; in particular the way in which it is perceived by people and their reactions to this transition from the physical world to virtual data". They began working together in 2013 while researching "data art" for their end of course dissertations. They interviewed artists and curators, then published a book and launched an exhibition on this same theme. Following that, they worked in a pair as data artists. 

Designed in 2014, Surveillance was nominated for Prix Cube 2016 (International Digital Art Prize for Emerging Artists). There is now a more recent 2.0 version, working on the same principle, but this time based on a plant under a cloche: data linked to the plant’s environment (air, light, humidity, etc.) is displayed. I & C are currently working on another project, still based on data and real time, but with public space as the setting. This installation called Urban Service Stop will capture all the information within a chosen perimeter (the number of people, the weather, etc.). Just like the generic ‘person of interest’, each individual will be considered like data in its own right … Lastly, I & C are also interested in the Cloud, notably according to Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of the Alibaba group, about new anticipated public habits regarding remote data storage.

Lityin Malaw
 


Surveillance from Cedar Z 

 

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Discover others portraits of the nominated artists

Lukas Truniger (Switzerland)  
Déjà entendu / an opera automaton | Light and sound installation

 

Barthélemy Antoine-Loeff (France)  
LJÓS | Audiovisual and generative Installation


Michael Candy (Australia)
Big Dipper | Cinetic installation

 

Saša Spacal, Mirjan Svagelj, Anil Podgornik (Slovenia)
Myconnect | Interactive installation
 


 

VERENA FRIEDRICH (Germany)
The Long Now | Installation


 

NOMINATED ARTISTS

BARTHÉLEMY ANTOINE-LŒFF / Ljós
MICHAEL CANDY / Big Dipper
LUKAS TRUNIGER / Déjà entendu I An opera automaton
SAŠA SPACAL, MIRJAN ŠVAGELJ, ANIL PODGORNIK / Myconnect
IRIS AND CEDAR / Surveillance
VERENA FRIEDRICH / The long now

EVENTS

From 13 au 17 april 12h/20h
THE EXHIBITION
Free

12 april 19h/22h
SOIRÉE DE REMISE DE PRIX
invitation

13 april 19h/21h
 "DATE THE ARTISTS"
invitation via Facebook and Twitter

14 & 15 april 14h/21h
FESTIVAL DES RENDEZ-VOUS DU FUTUR
Free

16 & 17 april 18h
LES APÉROS NUMÉRIQUES
Free reservation

13 april 10h/12h
CAFÉ TABLETTE
Free reservation

13, 16 and 17 april 14h and 16h
LES ATELIERS DES FAMILLES
Free reservation

From 13 to 15 april 12h30 and 18h30
6 & 17 avril 12h30, 14h30, 16h30 & 18h30
GUIDED TOURS FOR ALL
Free reservation

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

ESPACE SAINT-SAUVEUR 4 parvis Corentin Celton
Issy-les-Moulineaux
 Métro Line 12 – Corentin Celton / Vélib’ 21311

 
 

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