Prix Cube 2016: Saša Spačal, Mirjan Svagelj and Anil Podgornik

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. We discover now Myconnect, the interactive installation designed by Saša Spacal, Mirjan Svagelj and Anil Podgornik.

SAŠA SPACAL, MIRJAN ŠVAGELJ, ANIL PODGORNIK
Myconnect

From a distance, it looks like the latest IRM platform or a high-tech sarcophagus straight out of a science-fiction film, to slide into lethargy and endure the constraints of a long-term voyage in outer space… This installation proposes in fact, a journey in the mind, to the heart of our perceptions and feelings, interacting this "alien" environment. Like for a scan, the spectator lies down in this oval-shaped cocoon, with headphones over the ears and sensors to measure the heart rate. It is easy to see why this device designed by Saša Spacal, Mirjan Svagelj and Anil Podgornik, is called Myconnect.

The data gathered interacts with a mycelium culture that will "oscillate" according to the information received. In return, "these variations in turn generate signals, sent back to the person in the form of vibration, sound and light. Each cycle may be different depending on whether the experience is stimulating or soothing". This interactive installation "proposes experiencing a symbiotic connection between human beings, the biological and technological.” 



 

Put in a situation of sensory isolation, only enduring and responding to signals that are sent, the viewer is introduced to a symbiotic relationship with this laboratory culture. The objective of Myconnect is to show the ability of human beings to go beyond, if not infringed, their own condition to connect to/with other species. De facto, it is definitely a hybrid work, in every sense of the term: neither bio art, nor multimedia, but borrowing a little from both.

Presented at the Ars Electronica festival, where it was awarded in 2015, Myconnect was nominated for Prix Cube 2016 (International Digital Art Prize for Emerging Artists). A complex project if ever there was one, implementing the fruit of the knowledge and expertise of its creators who were all born at the start of the 80s. Multimedia artist and graphic designer Saša Spačal is interested in bio art, real-time interactivity, technological development (in the bio-logical sense of the term) and posthumanism. Mirjan Švagelj, the scientifist of the trio, has a doctorate in biomedicine from the University of Ljubljana. He has also worked with Polona Tratnik (Nomadology) on art /science projects. Anil Podgornik, the technician, is a mechanics, electronics and physics enthusiast. Together, they have also worked on the series Mycophone_Genus and Mycophone_Emergence that emphasise developments, links and correlations uniting biological and technological organisms.

 

Lityin Malaw

Photos of Myconnect by Damjan Švarc / Kapelica gallery photo archive.

Video:

MYCONNECT / SAŠA SPAČAL, MIRJAN ŠVAGELJ, ANIL PODGORNIK from aljoša abrahamsberg 

MyConnect |  www.prixcube.com | Facebook Event

 

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

 
 

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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