This is the sixth edition of the Best Media Arts Graduation Projects Competition, organized by the WRO Art Center together with the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław.
The project of competition, developed since 2015, creates a platform for cooperation and exchange of experiences between academies on various models of education in the field of art using different media. The event emphasizes the importance of media art as a teaching field within contemporary art, it is also focused on the promotion of students and graduates.
The opening of this year’s exhibition, postponed from spring to autumn, will be held in a hybrid formula with a live transmission from the WRO Art Center, with the participation of artists, representatives of the universities involved and the audience.
We invite you to join us!
The review of best bachelor’s and master’s theses takes place at eight state art academies in Poland: in Gdańsk, Katowice, Cracow, Łódź, Poznań, Szczecin, Warsaw and Wrocław, and the works for the competition exhibition in each center are nominated by five-person committees.
In the five-years history of the competition to date, the best diplomas have included video installations, computer animations, social media interference, interactive and generative projects, audiovisual concerts, realizations on the borderline of bioart and neural networks, as well as actions taken with cosplay aesthetics and conventions of the world of computer games. This time the genre spectrum is extended with VR, 360° or AI projects. Such diversity emphasizes the growing importance of media tools within contemporary art and their role in shaping reflections on contemporary art.
The selection committees consist of two experts from the WRO team, two representatives of the artistic community from a given city and one representative of the art academy. Best BA and MA graduation projects chosen by them will be presented during the competition exhibition at WRO and online, out of which the international jury will choose one that’ll receive the award.
The main prize in the amount of 15.000 PLN, funded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, will be awarded by a jury composed of the following members: Agnieszka Jelewska (Professor at Adam Mickiewicz University, director of HAT Research Center), Łukasz Gorczyca (Raster Gallery) and Benjamin Gruner (Pochen Biennale). In this exceptional year, exceptionally, one Audience Award will not be granted. As it is difficult to predict whether the visitors will have the opportunity to cast their votes for the selected work, the amount of the prize, funded by the Rectors of the participating universities, will be divided among all participants. For the first time in turn, the editorial staff of “Contemporary Lynx” magazine will award the selected artist(s) with a portfolio publication and additional promotional activities.
CONFERENCE: Nov 20, 2020 / Fri / 10 AM – 3 PM
As in previous years, the exhibition will be accompanied by a conference organized by the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław. This year’s event will be held online on the ZOOM platform, with transmission via the channel of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw on YouTube.
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