The aim of the Share Prize is to discover, promote and support contemporary art in our global and digital age. The competition is open to all artists that explore issues concerning our society today, in which globalisation and the pervasive reach of technology and new media have become the object of artistic interest, against a backdrop of continuing, non-stop change.
The Share Prize was launched in 2007 as a cornerstone of the Share Festival, held in Torino-Italy.
The cultural intent of the Share Prize is to make the Share Festival open and accessible to all artists. A jury of experts is tasked each year with short-listing six finalist works and selecting the winner.
Over the years, the Share Prize has been won by the following works:
Winner: Cristophe Bruno (FR), Human Browser.
Human Browser is a series of Wi-Fi performances based on a Google Hack. Thanks to its headset, an actor hears a text-to-speech audio that comes directely from the Internet in real-time. Depending on the context in which the actor is, keywords are sent to the programme and used as search strings in Google so that the content of the textual flow is always related to the context.
Honorary Mention: UBERMORGEN.COM, Paolo Cirio, Alessandro Ludovico (AT, USA, IT), Amazon-noir.com.
Winner: Cristine Sugrue (USA), Delicate Boundaries.
This installation creates a space where the goings-on within our digital devices are capable of stepping out into the physical world: small insects made of light jump out of the screen towards the spectators and make contact.
Honorary Mention: Emanuel Andel (AT), Knife.Hand.Chop.Bot.
Winner: Andreas Muxel (GE), Connect.
Thirteen modules are connected to a matrix. Each module consists of a microcontroller, a stepper motor and a sphere of steel attached to it with a rubber band. There is no main program outside of the sculpture and no digital connection between the elements. Each module has its own simple program logic and they just start to react to each other because of the physical connections built.
Honorary mention: Ralf Baecker (GE), Inverted Machine.
Winner: Ernesto Klar (IT/VE/USA), Luzes relacionais.
Luzes relacionais” (Relational Lights) is an interactive audiovisual installation that uses light, sound, haze, and a custom-software system to create a morphing, three-dimensional light-space in which spectators actively participate, manipulating it with their presence and movements.
Honorary Mention: Kuai Auson (EC), 0h!m1gas.
Winner: Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico (IT), Face To Facebook .
Face To Facebook undermines the faith of all those people who believed Facebook was like an eternal, happy party, without realizing that their personal data are a gold mine, handed over to big business in return for a soapy social circle of enlarged/augmented proportions.
Honorary Mention: Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev (NZ/RU), Newstweek.