The jury has chosen the five finalists who will run for the 40,000 euro prize given to the best original work in the field of new media: the Berru collective (Bernardo Bordalo, Mariana Vilanova, Rui Nó and Sérgio Coutinho), Diogo Tudela, Francisca Aires Mateus, the collective formed by artists João Correia, Sérgio Rebelo and Tiago Martins and, finally, Rudolfo Quintas.
The third edition of the Sonae Media Art Award has its five finalists, chosen after the application phase, which ended on the 30th April. The art presented in this third edition, at least two works and three at most, for every application, was assessed by a selection jury, composed of André Rangel (researcher and teacher in the field of multimedia art, art director and founder of 3kta project. André develops projects and contemporary art and intermedia design events), António Cerveira Pinto (artist, art critic, essayist, educator and producer. Art director of The New Art Fest) and Adelaide Ginga (art historian, curator and conservator at MNAC, specialised in digital arts).
The jury has privileged applications that show a special exploratory, innovative and critical ability in the domain of media art. It took into consideration, as relevant criteria for the choice, technological maturity, conceptual clarity and formal quality of the works that integrated the applications. The jury gave special attention to the generational amplitude, gathering artists with consolidated careers as well as emerging artists.
From an initial universe of 93 applications received, 73 were validated and five finalists selected: the Berru collective (Bernardo Bordalo, Mariana Vilanova, Rui Nó and Sérgio Coutinho), Diogo Tudela, Francisca Aires Mateus, the collective formed by artists João Correia, Sérgio Rebelo and Tiago Martins and, finally, Rudolfo Quintas.
In the two previous editions of the award, artists Tatiana Macedo (with the work 1989, in 2015) and Rodrigo Gomes (with Estivador de Imagens, in 2017) were the winners.
Created in 2015, the Sonae Media Art Award, worth 40,000 euros, also assigns a creativity grants worth 5,000 euros to each of the finalists, for the development of a unique work. The five unique works will be exhibited at Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado. For this edition, the exhibition will take place in December 2019.
The winner of the Sonae Media Art Award will be chosen among the five finalists, through the assessment of the works on show, by an awarding jury comprising Miguel Soares (pioneering artist in digital arts in Portugal and teacher in the field of multimedia art, represented in several public and private collections in Portugal and abroad), Patrícia Gouveia (teacher in the field of multimedia art, researcher in recreation, interactive fiction and digital arts), Yves Bernard (art and executive director at IMAL, new media producer and activist, software engineer, scientific researcher and teacher).
The Sonae Media Art Award is a biannual initiative promoted by Sonae in partnership with Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado and aims at acknowledging the forms of contemporary artistic creation that make use of digital and electronic media, in the fields of video art, sound, virtual and interactive exploration, as well as network, which may include other art forms such as performance, dance, cinema, theatre or literature.
The award follows Sonae’s corporate responsibility policy, with the purpose of promoting creativity and innovation, stimulating new tendencies and bringing society and art closer, namely through relevant cultural expressions which allow for enriching experiences of personal and collective development.