Call for Share Prize 2014 – Autonomous

Now in its tenth year, Piemonte Share is proud to announce a new season of the Share Prize, the international competition designed to discover, promote and support art in the digital age.

From 8th November, 2014 until 6th January, 2015 entries can be submitted for the prize using the online registration form at the bottom.
This year’s theme for the prize sums up ten years of hard work and our hope for the future in one word: Autonomous.

Humans are surrounded by a distributed intelligence that tracks, profiles and assists us, seeking to pre-empt, analyze and bring about our dreams and desires and forming a complex, autonomous system. Software assistants, drones, cars that drive themselves and bots for high-frequency trading. As computing becomes more and more distributed, humans are no longer the only agents of analysis and action.
Subjects become profiles, filed and categorised in a vast system designed to extrapolate our actions and convert them into profit variables.
Where does the growth in potential stop and a technological circuit begin, in which our choices are increasingly driven by “emergent” considerations that act autonomously?
How are artists responding to a reality created by humans but only partially controlled by us? What principles lead people to rely on such systems? What fields do those who criticize them work in and how do they act effectively?

An international panel of judges, composed by Jasmina Tesanovic, Irini Papadimitriou, Bruce Sterling and Luca Barbeni, will short-list six nominees for the prize, who will be invited to exhibit at the customary Share Prize exhibition in Turin from 19th to 29th March, 2015.
The venue for the exhibition this year will be the new Temporary Museum, a project sponsored jointly by the Department for Cultural Affairs of the Regione Piemonte and BasicNet Group.
The names of the short-listed finalists will be announced by the end of January 2015.