Call for Entries: The Lumen Prize

While there's an increasing number of artists devoting themselves to digital art, the general public still tends to think of it as something created with Photoshop or a high-end 3D graphics application. But here we're talking about works of art created to be exhibited in gallery or public installation settings. One of the few competitions to acknowledge this sector of the fine arts, the Lumen Prize is now in its fifth year.

Entries are currently being accepted for its judged competition, with the winners to be included in a global tour that over the years has shown the works in such cities as New York, Shanghai, Athens, Amsterdam and London. As an extension of this, Lumen also holds seminars, artist talks and symposiums at nearly all of its shows, in conjunction with partners that include New York's School of Visual Arts and the British Computer Arts Society.

Qualifying artwork has to have been created with a "digital device using proprietary, open-source or creatively-coded software," which these days would include just about every device on the planet. A total of $11,000 in prizes will be awarded, with the deadline for entries being June 1, 2016. More information and galleries of past winning entries can be found on the Lumen site, with a few that caught our attention shown below. The image above was created with the vintage but still dazzling Electric Sheep — here's an example set to darkpsy trance, for example.

Electric Sheep is a collaborative abstract artwork founded by Scott Draves. It's run by thousands of people all over the world, and can be installed on any ordinary PC, Mac, Android or iPad. When these computers "sleep," the Electric Sheep comes on and the computers communicate with each other by the internet to share the work of creating morphing abstract animations known as "sheep."
Trio by Beatrice Lartigue is a wall-to-wall project in homage to Synchromy, by Norman McLaren. Monumental video projection and music created specially for the contest. The movie aims to highlight the link between music and abstract animated graphics, in order to stage the minimalist architecture of the Place de la Paix facade in Montreal.
Rheotaxis was created by Altera Visual Music collective. The work presented here is part of a comprehensive project on water dynamics in the estuarine environment in southeast Brazil. It was inspired by the evolution of simple life forms under the cold and harsh water stream environment.
ONES by Menglong (Morrow) Wu and Simiao Yu is an interactive installation that combines motion graphic videos with sound in an immersive environment. The stereo audio and projection-­‐‑mapped video that compose the installation are triggered through different gestures created by participants waving a controller that resembles a “conductor’s baton”. Standing at the head of a full orchestra, the conductor is simultaneously alone and socially engaged.
Omega Point by Marios Athanasiou is an audio-visual, interactive installation that explores the theme of consciousness as a quantum physics phenomenon. The work invites the participants to perceive themselves as part of a cybernetic universe of infinite quantum information feedback loops.