We are delighted to announce that the Lumen Prize Special Commendation For Placemaking has gone to Ad infinitum by David Glicksman and Moses Journey (USA)
Ad Infinitum is a kinetic sculpture that explores the relationship between discrete points. Using a row of steel ball bearings, with no visible support system, the work attempts to express pure, abstracted animation using as few elements as possible.
Our director Phil Dawson, who presented the award said 'As sponsors and the impetus behind this special commendation This Must Be The Place felt that Ad Finitum beautifully blended the analog and digital via technology becoming a mesmerising and fascinating installation that would enrich any foyer, public square as it it would an exhibition or festival. It's ability to effortlessly switch from passive to interactive and mould itself to its environment is exactly what curators and placemakers are looking for and therefore it rightly deserves the 2017 special commendation for Placemaking'.
Huge congratulations to David Glicksman and Moses Journey on this award.
This Must Be The Place are thrilled to have worked with Lumen Prize on this award. Phil announced the award at the Lumen Prize Gala at Hackney House in July of this year:
'From light festivals to lobbies, exhibitions to enhanced experiences, digital art has become an increasingly versatile medium that is being used to attract and engage audiences on a large scale in order to generate awareness of and content for destinations.
This new channel can be viewed sceptically or positively. We see it positively and as a new form of patronage.
For the last 12 months we have used digital art as a foundation of a successful placemaking strategy for Leeds Dock that has seen thousands of people interact with work in a series of unlikely settings and become advocates for both the artists and the locations.
The role of digital art as a placemaking tool rightly deserves recognition so This Must Be The Place have worked with the Lumen Prize to establish a special commendation award in the digital arts for Placemaking.
We hope that this special commendation will open up the fields and enable more artists to show and fund their work.
There are numerous submissions to this years Lumen Prize that have been or could be used as a placemaking attraction and it has been a pleasure to review each.
Unfortunately we have had to whittle it down to just 10 works but we commend all artists.'
You can see our long list of entries for the This Must Be The Place 'Special Commendation for Placemaking' here.
Ad Infinitum is a kinetic sculpture that explores the relationship between discrete points and the infinite continuum between them.