Artists themselves vote 40,000 Euro prize money in Berlin, Germany.
Five artists were awarded 40,000 Euro in a secret vote on 26 September by fellow Celeste Prize finalists. The awards ceremony and exhibition took place at the old Berlin City electricity generating plant, Alte AEG Fabrik, as part of a four day exhibition which ended on 28 September during Berlin’s Art Forum week. Hundreds of visitors came to the exhibtion the night before the awards ceremony to watch five, international audio-visual artists perform in a five-hour live media set.
Jurors’ comments made at the awards ceremony:
"We are all very happy with the quality of work in this exhibition, and with all the other events happening in Berlin like Art Forum and Kunsthalle, both of us are totally convinced that the quality of this exhibition is on the same level, and I would dare to say it is even better than at least 50% of what we saw, and so big congratulations to everyone who participated."
" I was so delighted with the exhibition, there is an enormous diversity and it’s exemplary of the contemporary world and contemporary art practice that we live in a world where people sing many songs. I hope that you find in the exhibition that we have in some way represented the different songs sung by different people in different parts of the world. Those that have made it represent quality that is commensurate with anything we have seen at Art Forum this week."
Results for the Painting Prize, 8,000 Euro to the winner
Winner – Michael Luther – Gallery (Desk)
Second – Nasser Lubay – Rebirth
Third – Juraj Kollar – Landscape
Results for the Photography & Digital Graphics Prize, 8,000 Euro to the winner
Winner – Olivier Fermariello – Monsieur et Madame Vieille à la plage
Second – Robert Mercer – JumpinJackFlash
Third – Christof Pluemacher – Architectural Misfits (Alpenstadt)
Results for the Installation, Sculpture & Performance Prize, 8,000 Euro to the winner
Winner – Clement Price-Thomas – The Guide
Second – Jan Fabián – Good Times are Over
Equal third – Aesop Studios – Quintetto
Equal third – Jens Reinert – Tunnel
Results for the Video & Animation Prize, 8,000 Euro to the winner
Winner – Surabhi Saraf – Peel
Second – Aliaksei Tserakhau – Lyapis Trubetskoy «Capital»
Equal third – Patrick Bergeron – LoopLoop
Equal third – Miguel Jara – Abelianas
Results for the Live Media Prize, 8,000 Euro to the winner
Winner – Otolab dies Orgone – L C M
Second – Dome – Solitude
Third – Abstract Birds – Celeste Motus
To see photos of the event: http://www.celesteprize.com/eng_1116/
Celeste Prize is an international contemporary arts prize. The call for works for the first edition of Celeste Prize ended 7 July 2009 with 1,425 works presented. Jurors, Mark Gisbourne, Adrienne Goehler and Victoria Lu, and Claudio Sinatti selected the 46 finalist works on exhibition in Berlin.