Judging art that ranges from websites to 3-story installations isn’t easy. But Lumen is privileged this year to have an extraordinary range of talent to do just that. Taking our newest jury panel member first, we welcome Louise Lawson, head of time-based media conservation at Tate, widely considered to be among the best contemporary art institutions globally. Fittingly, Louise manages the world’s largest team of conservation experts in time-based media – currently numbering 15. Louise also aims to increase the knowledge and understanding of conserving digital work, a subject we hope to partner with her on.
Another new jury panel member this year is Fei Jun, head of Beijing’s Chinese Academy of Fine Arts Media Lab and a professor of interactive art and design at China Central Academy of Fine Arts. He’s also curator of the Beijing Media Art Biennale, and his own art and design art has won numerous awards and been collected by institutions around the world.
We are also honoured to welcome Carla Gannis to our ‘artist alumni’ post on the panel this year. Carla, whose practice spans digital painting, animation, augmented reality art, interactive installations and performance, won the Lumen Founder’s award in 2016. Her work is also widely exhibited and collected and somehow she also finds time to be assistant chair of digital arts at the prestigious Pratt Institute in NYC.
Our fourth new jury panel member this year is the indefatigable Irini Papadimitriou, who produces numerous fresh opportunities for artists creating art with technology at Watermans Arts Centre in west London and at the V&A, the world’s largest art and design museum, where she is manager of their digital programmes, as well as at top festivals and venues around the world.
Our two returning jury panel members are Bruce Wands and Foteini Aravani. Bruce, based in New Jersey, is chair emeritus of the School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York, MFA computer art department as well as a widely-exhibited artist and author of ‘Art of the Digital Age’. Foteini, based in London, is digital curator at the Museum of London, where she develops the museum’s digital collecting activities and identifies opportunities for acquiring digital works to enhance and enrich the museum’s collections.
Wondering just how the judging works?
The jury panel gets down to business once the first round of work has been chosen by our international selectors’ committee – more about that hard-working group of people in an upcoming blog!
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