artists: Marloes de Valk, Aymeric Mansoux and Dave Griffiths (Holland, France, UK), Paul Vanouse (USA), Cesar Harada (Japan-France), Verena Friedrich (Germany)
This DVD contains an introduction and contextualization about VIDA Awards 13.2 edition and its winners, made by Artistic Director Monica Bello, plus every winner presenting his own work. In fact, the first prize was awarded to Naked on Pluto, by Marloes de Valk, Aymeric Mansoux, and Dave Griffiths, all from the Netherlands, an online game that mocks the deceitfully invasive nature of most “social software” platforms. Ocular Revision, the Second Prize, by Paul Vanouse, from the US, is the third one in a series of Biological/Genomic works that use DNA and a gel-based electrophoresis system as medium and subject. With this live installation, Vanouse addresses the idea of a “genetic mapping” and reflects on the ever changing focus/object in “life” studies within scientific disciplines. Protei by César Harada, from France, took the Third Prize. Protei is a self-governing unmanned wind-powered sail-robot, which drags a long petrol-sucking boom, using the power of nature to solve a problem caused by man. Furthermore there’s also the Honorary Mention Transducers – 2010-2012 by Verena Friedrich from Germany which is an installation consisting of a number of laboratory glassware vessels containing just one biological element: a single human hair. Every one of the glass vessels also contains a set of mechanical devices and electronic components with theresources required to produce an audible vibrating response based on the reading of the DNA in the hair. In this way, the biological samples generate a soundscape in which we hear exclusive and personal vibrations, combining to create of polyphony of human hair.