March 8, 2014 - Zebrastraat - Call for applications: Update_5/New Technological Art Award 2014
March 8, 2014

Call for applications: Update_5/New Technological Art Award 2014

Call for applications for Update_5/New Technological Art Award 2014

Deadline for submission:
March 31

Entry forms and guidelines are available at or

Exhibition: Update_5
November 8–23

Zebrastraat 32/001
9000 Ghent

In 2014, the Liedts-Meesen Foundation organizes Update_5. There will be a prize of the jury and of the public. The professional jury is composed of:
Peter Weibel (Director, ZKM Karlsruhe), Jean-Marie Dallet (artist, rechearching professor at the Université Paris 8), the Liedts-Meesen Foundation, Stef Van Bellingen (Consultant for Zebrastraat-artistic leader VZW Warp), Paul Dujardin (Artistic Director, Bozar), Nick Ervinck (artist, winner of the Update II public award), Julien Maire (artist, winner of the Update II jury’s award), Alain Thibault (Artistic Director of Elektra, an international digital arts festival in Quebec, Canada), Martin Honzik (Head of Department Prix/Festival Ars Electronica), Edwin Carels (Curator, New Media exhibitions) and Patrick Allegaert (Artistic Director, Guislain Museum).

A new section consists of the selection of key works from the art world, scientific discoveries or innovative breakthroughs that have changed our living and thinking habits. These objects or concepts form the basis for a separate presentation and perception, while interacting with the works of the NTAA nominees.

The mission of the Update biennial events
Update’s mission is to expand the scope of contemporary artistic creations and traditional media with works dedicated to employing contemporary and new technologies in an original and intelligent way: treatment of sounds and light, use of new media, application of innovative evolutions in (tele)communications and broadcasting, centered on the world of information, communication, and computers and interaction. These descriptions should be interpreted in the broadest way possible.

General guidelines for entry in the NTAA competition
The aim of the competition is to present works in accordance with Update’s mission. The submitted work can have been exhibited previously, but the jury reserves the right to exclude creations that are proven to be not realizable within the limits of the practical possibilities of the Liedts-Meesen Foundation. The basic equipment is available and at the disposal of the selected artists; specific and special equipment must be provided for and lent by the artists for the duration of the exhibition.

Calendar and conditions of the competition
The choice of the projects selected by the jury will be rendered public at the website in June.

Eligibility and submission details
This international competition is open to all age groups and nationalities. English is the working language.

For 2014, a 5,000 Euro cash award is foreseen by the Liedts-Meesen Foundation. This indivisible cash award will be allocated to a work and to its creator. Moreover, the jury reserves the right to award an honourable mention to an artist and to not award the prize and to transfer it to the next edition. The winners of the price of the jury and of the public will be announced at the final day of the exhibition.

After update_1 in 2006, with Jean-Marie Dallet as curator, followed by update_2 in collaboration with the ZKM, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe and with Peter Weibel as curator, and update_3, in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou, Service Nouveaux Médias and, as curator, Christine Van Assche, we continued this series with update_4, at Zebrastraat in Ghent, La Cambre (for works to be shown in the open air), and iMAL, both in Brussels.

The New Technological Art Award 2012 went to the work Nihil Ex Nihilo by Félix Sánchez Luque. The public awards went ex aequo to Wim Janssen for Static and Julijonas Urbonas for Euthanasia Coaster. These artists were selected from 337 entries from 40 different countries worldwide by an international jury.

For more information, contact Isolde De Buck: isolde [​at​] 

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