Thursday, February 15, 2018, 3–9pm, ZKM

On February 15, 2018, Akademie Schloss Solitude and ZKM will award, for the first time, the international production award »Hash.« The award honors net-based projects in the fields of art, technology, and design. The 8,000-euro prize is donated by the Foundation of the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg. The juror is the curator and artist Marisa Olson.

What are international Internet creatives working on? What topics drive their work? What are their questions? And what artistic answers to developments in technology, society, and the Internet do they provide?

Inspired by the Hash value from information technology, which is unique for each file and used as a test value for data transfer, the »Hash« award stands for project excellence. The prize will be awarded to one of the 2016/17 web residents from the English-language online Web Residencies program bit.ly/2p5Kh8o, jointly organized by Akademie Schloss Solitude and ZKM.

Three times a year, calls with different focuses – from virtual reality to artificial intelligence to surveillance technologies – are developed in the framework of the »Web Residencies.« In two years, around 550 artists, coders, designers, technologists, and scientists submitted ideas; 22 of them received Web Residencies.

Here, works emerged that were poetic as well as political, experimental as well as utopian. The works are primarily situated in the interstitial space between critique and optimism, reality and fiction. They show the tensions of technology and humans, intervene into common narrations of the Internet and society, or create space for new imaginations of another future. They reflect the role of art and its institutions in the age of the Internet and digital (re-)production.

On February 15, »virtual goes real« for the community of web residents, which has been only virtually connected until now. The program’s curators and some artists will come together for an afternoon of short talks, presentations, and performances; they will present the program’s topics and most important questions in a public dialogue.

The subsequent meetup allows time for discussions and networking. In the evening, the »Hash« will be awarded with a presentation by juror Marisa Olson.


3pm: Talks and short presentations
6pm: Meetup
7pm: Award ceremony with presentation

The Web Residencies program is supported by the Ministry for Science, Research and Art of Baden-Württemberg. The prize money in the amount of 8,000 euros for the first Hash prize in 2018 is donated by the Foundation of the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg.