Semiconductor - winners of the Samsung Art+ Prize 2012. Image: Black Rain installed at Solar Systems at Phoenix Brighton 2011. Curated by Lighthouse. Photo © Roberta Mataityte
Semiconductor - winners of the Samsung Art+ Prize 2012. Image: Black Rain installed at Solar Systems at Phoenix Brighton 2011. Curated by Lighthouse. Photo © Roberta Mataityte

Semiconductor win Samsung Art+ Prize


27 January 2012

This January, Samsung launched the UK's first major prize for digital art, with an eclectic selection of artists shortlisted for the award. We are delighted that Brighton based artists, Semiconductor, were awarded the prize. We attended the opening of the Samsung Art+ Prize exhibition at the BFI Southbank in London. By Jamie Wyld, Lighthouse Programme Curator

Digital Clock by Torsten Lauschmann - one of the nominees of the Samsung Art+ Prize 2012
Digital Clock by Torsten Lauschmann - one of the nominees of the Samsung Art+ Prize 2012

The Samsung Art+ Prize was much talked about in the press prior to launching, and has been seen as a prophetic glimpse into media arts’ future. Installed in the BFI’s dark interiors, the works leap from the walls and demand interest.

Winners of the prize, Semiconductor, have three worked present in the show, their exploration in digital film well honed and visibly distinct.
The gorgeously rippling 3D version of 20Hz – commissioned by Lighthouse and Arts Santa Monica for Invisible Fields – is a stunning visualisation of a geomagnetic storm hitting earth’s atmosphere. Also on show is the much lauded Magnetic Movie and their 2011 work, Worlds in the Making.

Other works in the show included Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard’s 3D film Radio Mania, which immediately grabs visceral attention, with immersive, binaural sound and rich visuals. We are looking forward to hosting Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard here at Lighthouse for Brighton Festival 2012 this May.

It was intriguing to see both artist duos making exceptional use of 3D display technology within the show, albeit in very different ways.

The other shortlisted artists in the show are: Neil Cummings, Doug Fishbone, Torsten Lauschmann, Lucky PDF, Aura Satz, Hiraki Sawa, Erika Tan and Thomson and Craighead.

The show is beautifully installed by ArtAV on Samsung’s tablets and 3D HD TVs, as well as traditional projection.
It’s heartening to see Samsung give a flattering nod to digital media art as the future of creative practice.

The Samsung Art+ Prize is on until 29 January 2012, at the BFI.

20Hz by Semiconductor can be seen online here.

Lighthouse presented a monographic show of Semiconductor’s work in September 2011, entitled Solar Systems


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