December 14, 2016 - Zebrastraat - New Technological Art Awards 2016
December 14, 2016


(1) 1024 architecture (François Wunschel, Jason Cook, Pier Schneider), WALKING Cube. (2) Michael Kugler and Sebastian Wolf, Brume. (3) Theresa Schubert, Growing Geometries (Tattooing Mushrooms).

New Technological Art Awards 2016

Zebrastraat 32/001
9000 Ghent

Public Award
Of the 3,000 visitors, 384 cast a valid vote. The following five artists received 20 votes or more:

–1024 architecture (François Wunschel, Jason Cook, Pier Schneider) (France): WALKING Cube (127)
–Verena Friedrich (Germany): THE LONG NOW (32)
–Michael Kugler (US) & Sebastian Wolf (Germany): Brume (32)
–Bill Vorn & Louis-Philippe Demers (Canada): Inferno (28)
–Lien-Cheng Wang (Taiwan): Regeneration Movement (23)

The public award consists of the presentation of the work, in the course of next year, at a major European cultural centre or museum. This award goes indisputably to the artists collective 1024 architecture with their work WALKING Cube.

“The WALKING Cube is an erratic structure, a simple cube brought to life by a series of mechanical agitations. When animated, it becomes a basic shape turned animal. Performing with twerks and tweaks, it grows and it shrinks, it folds and kinks. The WALKING Cube is the result of a collaborative research exploring physical movement. With the use of air-powered mechanics a composition of diverse transformations is prepared and executed with brutal force. It’s a demonstration presenting the chaotic possibilities in the deconstruction of a common and minimal form.”

Jury Award
Of the eleven international judges, eight have announced their judgment. Four artists received eight points or more:

–Michael Kugler (US) and Sebastian Wolf (Germany): Brume (14)
–1024 architecture – François Wunschel, Jason Cook, Pier Schneider (France): WALKING Cube (9)
–Bill Vorn & Louis-Philippe Demers (Canada): Inferno (8)
–Quadrature (Jan Bernstein, Juliane Götz, Sebastian Neitsch) (Germany): Satelliten (8)

The jury award thus goes to Michael Kugler (US) and Sebastian Wolf (Germany): Brume, who are awarded with the prize of 5,000 EUR.

“Inspired by an encounter with dense, low-hanging mist in a natural landscape, fog emerges and self-organizes on the surface of a sculptural element, congealing with light into an elusive strata. The viewer becomes a catalyst for disturbances, revealing the spatial and temporal volatility of this phenomenon.

"Brume operates in the margins between ubiquity and the finite, symmetry and the amorphous, transience and permanence; a gesture and poetic reflection on the paradox of immateriality.”

The artists received a positive appreciation from four different judges. The proposed work responds to the requirements of the competition and its rules concerning the aesthetic use of new technologies, in response to contemporary values.


Award in collaboration with the STARTS-program of the European Commission
This award, consisting of a residence at an industrial enterprise or research centre, goes to the project Growing Geometries (Tattooing Mushrooms) by Theresa Schubert (Germany).

“As an artistic research project, Growing Geometries (tattooing mushrooms) investigates how processes inscribed into biological organisms can be used to create art—or more general a creative output.

By using fungi membrane the artist studied the topology of mushrooms growths and showed how geometries can change naturally. The fungus is, therefore, not only the artist’s canvas, but also an artist itself.”


Biennial update_6/ NTAA 2016 publication: update_6: more info here and here

Art exhibition update_6 took place at Zebrastraat 32/001, 9000 Ghent, Belgium and BOZAR, Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels.

Zebrastraat: Knowledge centre
During the last few years, Zebrastraat Ghent has developed into a stimulating knowledge centre with a strong interest in art. Every two years we organize a Biennial called update, linked with the New Technological Art Award (NTAA) contest, which tries to fill in a gap in the mainstream art world, by paying attention to the technological developments that drive our global culture.

NTAA selects and presents creations in which the culture-forming role of technology occupies a central place. Low or high tech, intuitive or experimental, the creations always draw our attention to actual innovative trends. The exhibition of achievements of the selected winners is a compass that orients you to the relevant temporal and resilient use of technology in the artistic sector. 

Art consultant Annelies Geenen: annelies [​at​]

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