The New Technological Art Award 2012, an international art competition of the Liedts-Meesen Foundation. Are you a ground-breaking artist and do you have a special affinity with technology in the broadest sense of the word?

In 2012, as part of the project Zebrastraat and following the first three biennials, the Liedts-Meesen Foundation will organize update_4 update. In this update_4 we would like to keep and strengthen the philosophy of the past, and at the same time we would like to emphasize new trends. In the past, the exhibitions were associated with the New Technological Art Award Liedts-Meesen which enjoys increasingly more interest from the artists and the public. For this reason we wish to enhance the importance of this competition through the following measures:

  • A new set of rules that is stricter but more focused on the contribution of new technologies to art
  • The number of nominees having the chance to show their artwork to the public increases from 10 to 20,
  • Finally, the works will be presented at three different locations: the Zebrastraat in Ghent, La Cambre in Brussels (with Caroline Mierop, Director; works will be exhibited outside only) and iMAL, also in Brussels (Yves Bernard).

The second part of the event includes an exhibition by established artists in the field of New Technological Art. Only two or three works should be exhibited at each location. Both these activities are complemented with a colloquium. During three days, artists and theorists will be invited to reflect on contemporary art in relation to new media and technology, both during private and public sessions. The traditional catalogue of the Update exhibitions and Prize will be enriched with texts and conclusions of the discussions at the colloquium.

As you can see, from an exhibition combined with a contest, we will evolve into an event where contest, conference and exhibition will come together and yield a leading reference work. These principles lead to a new set of rules and the corresponding normalized registration form.