Public given chance to decide digital winner in Tate's £70,000 IK Prize

By Culture24 Reporter | 13 January 2014

The public can decide the destiny of a lucrative inaugural Tate digital award

A photo of various artworks inside a gallery with speech bubbles coming out of them
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As well as a £10,000 jackpot, Tate’s new digital award, the IK Prize, will fund its winner to the tune of £60,000, allowing one of four finalists – chosen by a six-judge panel including Wikipedia head Jimmy Wales and former Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey – to realise their idea for Tate Britain.

This quartet is devoted to digital interpretation: Storythings (Matt Locke and Kim Plowright) want to weave tales through the artworks in TateText, while Adam Clarke – previously seen masterminding a cultural adventure at Tullie House for Museums at Night – wants to plot a Minecraft map.

Evan Boehm and Nexus Productions aim to see the gallery through the imagination of an eight-year-old, and the trio known as The Workers will give online viewers control of robots in After Dark. The public will be given the seventh vote via an online ballot, open for the next 11 days.

“Widening access to art through the application of digital technology is a mission I share,” said Wales.

“The shortlist demonstrates the potential of digital to offer diverse and radical new ways of enjoying culture.”

Nicholas Serota, the Director of Tate, called it “the right moment” for a prize recognising “outstanding, creative achievement in the digital field.”

“Tate encourages creativity and this has reverberations in the creative industries as well as the fine arts,” he added.

  • Visit tate.org.uk/ikvote to watch videos on the finalists and vote. Closes January 24 2014, winner announced February 6 2014.

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