Smart Mistakes

Smart Mistakes and the Short List for Share Prize 2010

2nd 7th November, 2010
Regional Museum of Natural Science Turin, Italy

Every year, the Share Festival chooses a special topic to focus on, to help broaden our minds, sharpen our skills, and inspire creative expression. So don′t miss this year′s festival from 2nd 7th November, 2010 in Turin!

Smart Mistakes "Share Festival 2010"


ERROR, mistake, mutation, failure, dysfunction, discrepancy, accident, unexpected change, chance discovery, the aesthetics of error, mass waste, project failure, abandon project, disaster, flaw, inconvenience, misappropriation, side-effect, slip-up, flop.

This year, the VI Piemonte Share Festival will be focusing on the artistic and cultural significance of mistake, in all its broader senses. The creative potential of analysing and looking into what lies behind an error is truly great, as it represents the uncovering of an issue. Which is of particular interest in this year of global emergencies. The issue uncovered then demands attention, which in turn elicits controversy, while it is controversy that generates solutions and innovation.
In the art and culture of our digital age, does mistake still play the role of instigating change and activating value?

Share Prize 2010
Now are you ready to discover the group of artists called to Turin to take part in a Share Festival?

Some 270 projects from 20 countries were submitted for consideration for the Share Prize 2010. The aim of the Share Prize is to discover, promote and support the digital arts. The competition is open to artists that use digital technology as a language of creative expression, in all shapes and formats.
The cultural aim of the Share Prize is to make participation in the Share Festival open and accessible to all artists.

An international panel of judges consisting of Jurij Krpan – Ljubljana -, Andy Cameron – London -, Fulvio Gianaria – Turin -, and Bruce Sterling – Austin/Turin – assessed the submissions. After a very interesting meeting and a professional, in-depth analysis of all the works, it is with great pleasure that we announce the six incredible artists who have been short-listed for the Share Prize 2010.

Read the judges′ statement here

The prize winners will be announced at the Share Prize award ceremony on 7th November, 2010 at the Regional Museum of Natural Science in Turin.

Kuai Auson – EC -, 0h!m1gas – 2008 –
0h!m1gas is a biomimetic stridulation environment, based on the activity of an ant colony under video and audio surveillance, transforming the ants into DJs and creating a sound-reactive space which reveals the connection between scratching, as an aesthetical expression created by human culture, and the stridulation phenomena produced by ants as a communication mechanism.

Perry Bard – CDN -, Man with a Movie Camera – 2007 –
Man With a Movie Camera: The Global Remake is a participatory video shot by people around the world who are invited to record images interpreting the original script of Vertov′s Man with a Movie Camera, and upload them to, where software developed specifically for this project archives, sequences and streams the submissions as a film.

Sonia Cillari – IT -, As an artist, I need to rest – 2009 –
The artist is lying still on the floor of the exhibition space, exhaling through a very long cable, which departs from inside her left nostril and ends at the centre of the main screen, suspended from the floor. A digital creature which she calls ′feather′ is entirely generated by her exhaling into the suspended screen. During the performance, Sonia Cillari exhales 14,000 digital elements and brings the digital feather into more than 6 different states of beings, from ′addition′ to ′resistance′ patterns of life.

Ernesto Klar – IT/VE/USA -, Luzes relacionais – 2009-10 –
Luzes relacionais – Relational Lights – is an interactive audiovisual installation that explores our relationship with the expressional-organic character of space. The installation uses light, sound, haze, and a custom-software system to create a morphing, three-dimensional light-space in which spectators actively participate, manipulating it with their presence and movements. Luzes relacionais is pays homage to the work and aesthetic inquiry of Brazilian artist Lygia Clark.

Knowbotic Research – GER -, Macghillie_ just a void – 2009-10 –
In the public performance project MacGhillie, urban sites are visited by a figure, clad in a camouflage suit, who shows neither the traits of an individual, or even of a person. The so-called Ghillie Suit was originally invented in the 19th century for hunting and was later also used during the First World War – bis heute -. Its camouflage anonymizes and neutralises of the person who wears it in public. The figure oscillates between the hyperpresence of a mask and visual redundancy.

Teatrino Elettrico – IT -, DC12V – 2009 –
DC12V is a board-game version of elektrolivecircus. Sounds are generated using analogue instruments only, recordings of movements, percussion, friction and the electromagnetic fields of various everyday machines. Small in converted into big, futile into necessary, objects into personages, the board into a location. A desktop tragedy in one act for self-propelled machines.

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