!Mediengruppe Bitnik gewinnt den Swiss Art Award 2014

 “Delivery For Mr. Assange” was premiered online, in real time. it is an installation work that renders visible the delivery process of a real package from the sender to its recipient, wikileaks founder Assange, who has sought diplomatic asylum in the Embassy of Ecuador in London. !Mediengruppe Bitnik brilliantly bridges online and offline, or virtual and IRL experiences in this installation, which is an emerging topic to the media art discourse. The collective, who refer to themselves as hackers, thus manage to provide an exemplary solution to the central question of how to display a theme through artistic means — especially when it concerns such pressing current socio-political issues as transparency, basic right to privacy, and digital security.

The Swiss Federal Office for Culture announced the laureates for the 70th anniversary Swiss Art Awards in Basel. The prize-winners’ works are currently on view at Messe Basel’s hall 4 along side the works of 46 artists, 4 architects, and 18 critics who were shortlisted for the award. Each of the exhibition’s artists and architects received CHF 5,000 to cover production costs of their contribution. Four-hundred sixty artists, architects, and critics/curators applied for the exhibition. The Swiss Art Award was founded in 1944 and has taken place during Art Basel for the past 20 years.


Photo: Guadalupe Ruiz