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About the VR ART PRIZE
The VR ART PRIZE awarded by Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB), in cooperation with the Contemporary Arts Alliance (CAA) Berlin, is the first art prize for virtual reality in the field of visual arts with an institutional exhibition in Germany.
The prize focuses on exploring the artistic potential of new technologies, seeking to explore and critically reflect on how they impact on individuals and society. The prize aims to contribute to the structural establishment of this emerging medium in art.
In cooperation with the CAA Berlin, DKB will be awarding 5 working grants in 2020 to visual artists who work with virtual reality: each grant is for a period of 4 months and worth EUR 1,000 per month. As of 27 February 2021 the works of the winning artists be shown at an exhibition at Haus am Lützowplatz (HaL) Berlin. At the opening ceremony, 3 VR ART PRIZES will be awarded, with a total endowment of EUR 12,000.
Artistic Director Tina Sauerlaender
Tina Sauerlaender is artistic director of the VR ART PRIZE by DKB in cooperation with CAA Berlin.
Tina Sauerlaender is an art historian, curator and writer who focuses on the impact of the digital and the internet on individual environments and society as well as on virtual reality in visual arts. She is co-founder and director of the independent exhibition platform peer to space and has been organizing and curating international group exhibitions since 2010, like The Unframed World. Virtual Reality as Artistic Medium for the 21st Century (House of Electronic Arts Basel, 2017). Together with curator Erandy Vergara she developed the exhibition series Critical Approaches in Virtual Reality Art and realized projects like Envisioning the Future. Other World Perspectives in Virtual Reality Art (Halcyon Arts Lab, Washington, DC, 2018) or Speculative Cultures. A Virtual Reality Art Exhibition (Kellen Gallery, Parsons/The New School, New York, 2019).
Tina Sauerlaender, photo by J. Pegman, 2020
Members of the expert jury
A shortlist of applicants will be drawn up; the expert jury will then select five for the award of one working grant each worth EUR 1,000 per month for the period September to December 2020. The members of the expert jury are:
- Sabine Himmelsbach, Director, HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel)
- Astrid Kahmke, Director and Curator, Virtual Worlds Festival, Munich
- Wolf Lieser, Gallery Director, DAM, Berlin
- Ulrich Schrauth, Artistic Director, VRHAM! Festival, Hamburg
- Dr. Alexandra von Stosch, Co-Founder CAA Berlin / Director Art and Culture, Artprojekt Group, Berlin
Prizes & exhibition
The expert jury selects the artists who will receive a working grant of EUR 1,000 per month from September to December 2020.
The works of these 5 winners will be exhibited at the HaL in Berlin from 27 February to 18 April 2021. At the opening ceremony on the evening of 26 February 2021, 3 prizes worth a total of EUR 12,000 will be awarded among the exhibiting artists.
Partners DKB & CAA
DKB organizes the VR ART PRIZE in cooperation with CAA Berlin.
DKB has embraced digitalisation since the turn of the millennium, addressing the potential of new technologies from the very outset: in 2001, it founded one of the first internet banks without physical premises and introduced cashless payment. Since it was founded in 1990, it has placed particular emphasis on the sustainable orientation of its financial business operations, with a commitment to construction projects such as wind turbines, solar roofs, child daycare facilities, nursing homes, hospitals and affordable housing.
In offering the VR Art Prize, DKB reorients its commitment to the arts sector with a focus on social added value: the idea is to promote artistic engagement with the digitalisation of society and the changes this entails.
Founded in 2007, CAA Berlin is a private platform that supports the young generation of contemporary art and culture in Berlin. It seeks to promote dialogue between art, society and business. With the VR Art Prize, CAA now supports a young, pioneering art scene in Germany.
Click the button for the application on VRKunstpreis.ArtCall.org.