Tate Britain launches new prize for digital art


by Lucia Ruggiero ik_prize_logo_banner_0.jpgThe IK Prize 2014 is a new award for digital artwork by Tate Britain, with the support of the Porter foundation. Named after the philanthropist, Irene Kreitman, the prize aims to award the contribution to digitised experiences of art in the past year. Four pieces, by art groups or individuals have been shortlisted by a panel that includes various experts in digital media, including the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales. However, after the judges select the final four pieces, the voting for the winning piece will be opened to the public, following a public showcasing of the artwork in the Tate Britain. Much in the spirit of promoting digital media, members of the public can vote online for their favourite piece, on the Tate website. The winner is to be announced on the 6th of February and will receive a commission of between £10,000 and £60,000, in order to produce a new project. tate-head-logo_4.pngThis is with the aim of bringing “Tate’s collection of 500 years of British Art to a wider audience”. This means the commissioned piece, to be created over a 6-month development period, could take the form of any digital software, app, website, gallery tour or installation. This new prize shows a genuine dedication to pursuing digital art and innovation, as shown by the aim of producing a digital piece to distribute artwork more widely. We could suggest that the IK Prize shows the entrance of digital art into the more ‘respected’ field of fine art. However, is the destiny of fine art this one: to be taken seriously only if it improves access to fine art? And can digital art be valued in its own right? For more information, see the Tate website: http://www.tate.org.uk/about/projects/ik-prize (Photos: © Tate, London, 2014).


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