2016 Aspen Online Art Award Shortlist Announced

7 January 2016
Detail from 'Valley of Rephaites' by Virginia Blanca and Blanca Ulloa
Detail from 'Valley of Rephaites' by Virginia Blanca and Blanca Ulloa

The shortlist for the 2016 Aspen Online Art Award has been announced, bringing together a diverse range of practices including investigations into the boundaries between physical and virtual space, traditional animation techniques and the application of motion graphics in projection mapping and holographic installations.

Now in its third year, the award seeks to commission a unique online art work for a Master’s degree student based in the UK. The Contemporary Art Society Consultancy, along with Aspen, works with four universities (Goldsmiths, Camberwell College of Art, London College of Communications (LCC) and Slade School of Fine Art) to select leading emerging artists working within the online realm.

Developing a new commission as an online-specific artwork is at the heart of the Award and the winner of the Aspen Online Art Award benefits from the close support of Aspen, the Contemporary Art Society and site designers, True Digital. Previous winners include Yi Chun Lin who created Another Escape, a digital film which drew its inspiration from large Shan shui paintings and scrolls that are unrolled and hung vertically. The current 2015 winners Virginia Samper and Blanca Ulloa have created an online work which sees anonymous on-screen dancers take over the Aspen website by moving around it in a non-linear narrative.

This year’s shortlisted candidates are: Trystan Williams and Céline Villaneau from Camberwell College of Art; Angie Fang, Matilda Skelton Mace, and Lior Ben Gai from Goldsmiths; Tian Xie and Xingru Dong from LCC; and Miles Umney from Slade School of Fine Art.