The Prix Net Art celebrates the current moment of net art and its future. It was created in response to a relative scarcity of support and recognition for the field, and to promote public conversation about the crucial but always changing role of the internet in contemporary culture and artistic practice. Prizes of $10,000 and $5,000 will be awarded to two artists who are committed to working online and who represent important directions in contemporary net art practice.
For the 2016 edition of the Prix Net Art, four judges—Lauren Cornell, Aria Dean, Zhang Ga, and Christiane Paul—will consider a rich field of candidates nominated by the general public.
The Prix Net Art celebrates the current moment of net art and its future, and was created to acknowledge the shifting relationship between art and the web. Increasingly, the internet is the frame through which all contemporary art and culture is seen and understood. As many artists tackle technology as subject matter through different forms—sculpture, installation, and painting—this prize seeks to address the relative scarcity of support for artwork that takes place primarily or exclusively online. The prize emphasizes the unique and crucial importance of such work in order to encourage those who continue to make art on the internet.
Each prize is an acknowledgement of one artist’s work in net art, and their future promise to contribute to the field, as evidenced by excellent and significant past achievement. The award is made on a “no strings attached” basis, acknowledging those who have continued to make work on the internet despite limited financial and institutional support, and who remain committed to working online.