Rhizome and Chronus Art Center, both nonprofits dedicated to the support of new media art, have named Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Eva and Franco Mattes, and Bogosi Sekhukhuni as the winners of the third annual Prix Net Art Award, which recognizes contemporary artists who are committed to working online. This is the first time three artists have been selected for the award. They will each receive $5,000.
Eva and Franco Mattes are an Italian artist duo currently working in New York. In their practice, they often combine the internet with video and installation to explore the ethical and moral issues that arise when people interact remotely, especially through social media, and the blending of reality and simulations.
Porpentine Charity Heartscape is a writer and game designer. Known for creating games that elicit strong emotional responses, such as her Howling Dogs, 2012, in which the gamer is made to endure bizarre scenarios while living in a decaying room. Conceptual artist Bogosi Sekhukhuni is originally from Johannesburg, where he is a member of the CUSS Group collective working primarily in digital art. He is also a founding member of the “tech-health artist group” NTU, which is concerned with the “spiritual futures” of the internet.
The jury included Zhang Ga, artistic director of Chronus Art Center; Lauren Cornell, associate director of technology initiatives and curator at the New Museum; Christiane Paul, associate professor in the School of Media Studies at the New School and adjunct curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art; and Aria Dean, assistant curator of net art and digital culture at Rhizome.