The results of the “digital sparks 02” competition for universities and academies have been decided!
Four student media projects have won prizes.
For the second time the MARS Exploratory Media Lab is organising the higher education competition “digital sparks”.
On July 29, the six-strong panel of well-known personalities from the worlds of culture and business met at the Schloss Birlinghoven in Sankt Augustin to decide the winners of this year’s “digital sparks” competition.
Prior to this, 26 of the online entries from the fields of media art, media design and IT had been nominated by a panel of experts. Because of the quality of the work, four prizes have been awarded rather than three.
The winners of digital sparks 2002 are:
Ruediger Schloemer and Michael Janoschek, FH Aachen
An experimental sound interface for the song of the same name by the group “Mouse On Mars”. The form language is generated from the amorpho-organic universe of the musical model. Actionist respoke finds images for sounds, beats, language and associations that are unusual and change the perception of sounds. This mixture of interactivity and semi-autonomous program status commands the user’s attention and invites him to join in.
Florian Thalhofer, UdK Berlin
A non-linear, interactive documentary film on the subject of alcohol featuring compelling interviews and a contemporary approach to the handling of text and images. The viewer of this work also becomes the author of a new multi-view film at the same time. The tool for producing non-linear storytelling has been programmed specifically for that purpose and is based on a database with approx. 150 short films. Suitable clips for the documentary film sequence are found from a database. In a sort of interactive storytelling process, the user navigates through the available pool of films by linking chains of associations.
left 2 dimensions behind
Andreas Siefert, HFG Karlsruhe
This video installation with Dolby Surround Sound has poetic power from the moment the video starts. The reduction of spatial processes to image level creates an unusual and disturbing impression. The installation plays with different realities – the paint which is poured in the image seems almost sculptural and gives a material, tactile impression. The surround-sound audio emphasises the viewer’s feeling of space and time. The alienating way the dripping process has been shot from different perspectives gives the straightforward action of pouring paint a magical dimension, and the incorporation of the real environment into the image adds a spatial dimension to the painting process behind the glass. The work takes on an intriguing character when the image escapes the borders of the screen.
Terror by Tina
Martin Hesselmeier, FH Mannheim
A BOT on the prowl for victims. This chat program with integrated artificial intelligence subversively undermines the user’s communication expectations. As an interpretation of the psychological approach of Josef Weizenbaum’s “Eliza Projekt”, “Tina” is not in any way politically correct. Even the title of the piece conveys the terror. Despite its serious political statement, this project is still primarily a humorous work. The dialogues in the work highlight the communication behaviour of chat participants, in particular when aggression arises. This guerrilla project with its systematic, designer use of understatement straddles the line between media art and design.
Each prizewinner receives a production
scholarship of Euro 2,500.
The location and date of the awards ceremony and the exhibition of the prize-winning works will be released shortly.
You can find further information on the “digital sparks 02” competition at netzspannung.org, The Internetplatform for media art, medi design and technology:
The netzspannung.org team
Diane Mueller, Felix Schmitz-Justen
PS: We apologise that the description of the projects are still mostly in German, as submitted by the students.
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