Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Countdown: 20 Days to Go

In the call for entries countdown we turn to Squidsoup’s immersive installation Aeolian Light, which was longlisted in the latest Aesthetica Art Prize. Squidsoup is an international group of artists, researchers and designers from the UK, Norway and New Zealand working with digital and interactive media experiences. Their work combines sound, physical space and virtual worlds to produce immersive and emotive headspaces where participants can take an active role in their experience.

The artists’ collective explores the modes and effects of interactivity, looking to make digitally mediated experiences where meaningful and creative interaction can occur. Commissioned by Quays Culture and co-presented by the University of Salford, Aeolian Light is an installation consisting of 12,096 individually addressable, full-colour LEDs suspended within a 24 x 24 LED strand grid.

Building on seven years of exploration into the use of 3D arrays of controllable lights to represent media elements within physical space, Squidsoup developed a bespoke volumetric rendering system that visualises 3D form and movement through light, using LEDs to track and visualise the energy that disturbs the work.

The Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 is now open for entries, accepting submissions across a range of media including photography, sculpture, installation, painting and artists’ film. Prizes include up to £5,000 courtesy of Hiscox, group exhibition, publication in 100 contemporary artists, £250 art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton and art books courtesy of Prestel. Selected artists are also showcased on Aesthetica’s online channels.

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1. Squidsoup, Aeolian Light, (2014-2015)