Winners of the 2017 Lumen Prize Announced

Winners of the 2017 Lumen Prize Announced

On September 20th at The Frontline Club, London, $11,750 was presented in prize money to some of the world’s most pioneering digital artists at the 6th Annual Lumen Prize Awards. The winner of the coveted Gold Award is Plastic Reflectic by Thijs Biersteker. An interactive mirror installation that turns the spectator’s reflection into a silhouette made from hundreds of pieces of plastic, Plastic Reflectic shows that our behaviour directly influences the 'plastic soup' that contaminates our oceans.  

Other works that received special recognition included Zarah Hussain's ‘Numina’ which gives traditional Islamic patterns a digital overhaul and Isabelle Arvers machinima documentary ‘Heroic Makers vs Heroic Land’.

Find the full list of the 2017 Lumen Prize winners below:

2017 Lumen Prize Gold Award

Plastic Reflectic​ by Thijs Biersteker in collaboration with Plastic Soup Foundation, Front404 and Better Future Factory (The Netherlands)

Plastic Reflectic is an interactive mirrored installation that brings the ‘plastic soup’ in our oceans alive.  Provoking a new perspective on a pressing issue, the work addresses the heavy pollution of our waters and through interaction shows the audience that their own behaviour directly impacts our oceans.


2017 Lumen Prize Founders' Prize

Slide to Expose by Nicole Ruggiero, Molly Soda, and Refrakt (USA and Germany)

Slide To Expose is a collaborative augmented reality project by Nicole Ruggiero, Molly Soda, and Refrakt. The project explores digital intimacy, privacy, the concepts of life and death and asks how our devices aid, form, and reshape our perceptions of these experiences.


2017 Lumen Prize 3D/Sculpture Award

Reading Plan by Lien-cheng Wang (Taiwan)

Reading Plan is an interactive artwork composed of twenty three  ‘book flipping’ machines. When members of the audience enter,  the machines start to turn pages automatically and read the book at the same time.


2017 Lumen Prize Moving Image Award

Heroic Makers vs Heroic Land by Isabelle Arvers (France)

Heroic Makers vs Heroic Land is a machinima documentary set in the Calais Jungle, France. Using a game engine, Arvers has captured interviews with residents as the camp was dismantled by the French government.


2017 Lumen Prize Interactive Award

The Unfettered Language of Machines by Zheng Da (China)

The Unfettered Language of Machines is a five metre squared hypercube that captures your heartbeat.  The participant’s heartbeat is visualised by the installation through 240m of customised LEDs, creating a fantastic light display that reflects the visitors vital signs.


2017 Lumen Prize VR/AR Award

Nothing Happens by Michelle & Uri Kranot (Denmark)

A film and virtual reality project by animation directors Michelle and Uri Kranot, Nothing Happens invites you inside a singular calming universe filled with snow, black birds and poetry.


2017 Lumen Prize Still Image Award

Block Bills by Mathias Dorfelt (USA)

Block Bills is a series of 64 banknotes generated from the Bitcoin Blockchain. Each bill has been generated randomly and is based on the unique hash that identifies each ‘block’ on the Blockchain database. The value of each bill represents the approximate transfer volume of bitcoins of the corresponding block.


2017 Lumen Prize Web Based Award

The Desire to Stay in the Sun by Fabio Dartizio (UK)

Mapping out our solar system. The Desire to Stay in the Sun allows connections to be made between two different planets. As the planets orbit the sun, the maximum distance is maintained while their only connection is revealed through the spirographs.


2017 Lumen Prize People's Choice Award

Numina by Zarah Hussain (UK)

Numina gives traditional Islamic patterns a digital overhaul.  Bringing to life a usually static artform, Hussain maps animated geometric patterns onto a sculpture composed of tessellating pyramids arranged on a hexagonal grid.


2017 Lumen Prize Student Award


Capillaries Capillaries is an audiovisual work inspired by the creative and destructive forces of suppressed emotions. In the piece the suppressed emotion is represented by the algorithm that can never be heard or seen.


2017 Placemaking Special Commendation Award

Ad infinitum by David Glicksman and Moses Journey (USA)

Ad Infinitum is a kinetic sculpture that explores the relationship between discrete points. Using a row of steel ball bearings, with no visible support system, the work attempts to express pure, abstracted animation using as few elements as possible.


2017 BCS Artificial Intelligence Award

FRANK - ARTificial intelligence​ by Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrøm (Denmark)

FRANK is a super intelligent post-human being – a contemporary oracle that gives personal guidance regarding existential dilemmas. Using artificial intelligence the audience can have a direct dialogue with FRANK who answers with a humanised voice.