Rotes Rauschen, First Prize in the VIDA 15.0 International Art and Artificial Life Contest
Rotes Rauschen (Red Noise), by the German artist Kerstin Ergenzinger has won First Prize in the VIDA 15.0 International Art and Artificial Life Contest, of €18,000, with a “fascinating installation that directs us to sonic bandwidths that we normally do not notice, either because we tend to perceive them peripherally as environmental ‘white noise’ or because we cannot, in fact, hear them. As Rotes Rauschen hums, generating a physically palpable vibration as it covers strong low frequencies, it metaphorically synchronises the viewers with a world of red noise”, in the words of the jury.
Second Prize worth €14,000 euros, has gone to Moon Goose Analogue: Lunar Migration Bird Facility by Agnes Meyer-Brandis, who is also German, a project that “arises from the pre-modern myth of a specific breed of geese that was believed to emigrate from the Earth to the Moon”. Third Prize (€8,000) has been awarded to Effulge, by Yunchul Kim (Germany/South Korea).
And the great innovation of VIDA 15.0 is the People’s Choice Award, which has a cash prize of 2,500 euros and has gone to one of the seven Honourable Mentions from the Jury: The Center for Genomic Gastronomy. The users has been the ones to select the winner on FACEBOOK.
A Challenge to Current Ways of Understanding Life
All the projects awarded prizes in VIDA 15.0 have the ability to express the complexity of the organisation of living systems and the hybrid nature of life. The VIDA jury has considered works of art that are governed by these principles, rewarding the projects that offered challenges to current ways of understanding life.
Within these parameters, 224 projects were submitted to the VIDA 15.0 International Art and Artificial Life Contest, 138 in the Finalised Projects category and the other 86 in the Incentives for Production category.
When organised according to country, the five countries that submitted the most projects were Spain (36), Mexico (24), the United States (19), Germany (18) and Argentina (15). But projects were received from every continent, except Africa.