Meural Student Prize: Tough Choices

By Carla Rapoport September 3, 2018

Since the launch of the Lumen Prize, we were keen to have an award that was free to enter for any student in full-time study. Meural, the digital canvas company, made this happen in 2017 and happily, it has remained on board for 2018.


Meural’s flagship product is a wifi-connected frame that allows people to change the art on their wall with a click of a button. Along with Lumen, a fundamental aspect of Meural’s mission is to create opportunities for digital artists – and the encouragement of students is key to that mission.


I’m pleased to report that this year we’ve had entries from all over the world and some of them were astonishingly accomplished. This made the judging this year particularly tough. The jury panel, which includes Poppy Simpson, head of content and curation at Meural, Andy Lomas, Lumen’s 2014 Gold Winner, Isabel Draves, founder of CreativeTechWeek in NYC and me, selected six works for the shortlist. The winner – who takes home $500 – will be announced on September 27th at the Lumen Awards Ceremony in London. In the meantime, here’s a peek at these artists and their work:


Luke Demarest is a visual artist  based in the UK who is currently studying Computational Art at Goldsmith University. With a background in sculpture and software, his recent studies look at the notion of ‘pure’ immaterial data and its conflations across material culture and language. Luke was an Engineer at Rosetta Stone (2014-2016) and an Artist in Residence at the American Underground (2014). Recent exhibitions include ‘Expanding Systems’ at the Art in Perpetuity Trust in London (2018) and ‘Aibohphobia and the Reifier’s Schadenfreude’ at LibrePlanet in Boston (2017) and at the Carrack in Durham (2017). His shortlist work, Eeldrop and Appleplex: A Survey of Contemporary Society, can be seen here.


Bang Luu is a Boston-based artist currently studying at the Rhode Island School of Design in the UK. Her work explores the way current social and technological systems apprehend the world, investigating the role visual aesthetics play in the translation and understanding of new and existing algorithms for the discovery of patterns, correlations, and outliers. She holds an Bachelor of Fine Arts from College of the Holy Cross. Luu has exhibited at galleries and institutions including Widener Gallery, Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, and the Iris & B Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts. She was also commissioned by the Boston Conventional & Exhibition Center for their 3,000 square feet digital display. Her shortlisted work, Malignant, has also been selected for Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach, Florida and can be seen here.


Jeremy Segal is a theatre and new media artist from Montreal currently studying at Concordia University, Montrial. His work as a theatre director has been presented at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Printemps Numérique, Montreal’s largest digital arts festival. With interdisciplinary interests in video, sound, performance, and interactivity, Jeremy aims to create work that is complex, poetic, and innovative. His shortlisted work is Molecular Futures.


Wu Ziwei, who also studies at Goldsmith University in London,  associates her work with the content of biology, technology and myth.  She creates her work using painting, video installation, Audio Visual, 2D and 3D animation, VR and so on. She is extremely keen to use different media to create new things. Most of her works reflect social issues related to technology, such as the degeneration of the organism body which caused by excessive use of machinery, and the control of individual actions by online public opinion. To see her shortlisted work, The Punishment of Tantalus, click here.


Liu Sha and Jason Ho, studying at China’s Central Academy of Fine Art (Beijing) and China’s National Academy of Art (Hanghzhou) respectively, were shortlisted for It is My Fault and Safe Zone.


Congratulations to all and good luck!



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