The Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA) is Canada’s award for critical experimentation in digital media. The award consists of $5,000 for the winner, and $1,000 for four finalists, as well as a group exhibition.
Since 2015, the EDAA has been promoting artists working within virtual space, by seeking submissions that push us in new directions, and challenge us to see the world through a different screen.BUY US A COFFEE?
The 2020 year theme reflects upon our primitive status in the foundations of the new hyper-informational world, where the data-flux is absorbing the entire existence reaching the status of God.
Is technology serving us or we are serving the data-totem by providing our more sensible information, giving up our privacy for a greater good?
Algorithms, already present everywhere in the digital realm, are reading us better than ourselves, better than our friends and siblings and in the name of optimization of our virtual experience, we are gradually letting them make decisions for us, filter our perceptions predict our behavior, our bio metrics, our emotions.
All manifestations of culture can now be experienced on a digitized basis, translated to a language (code, DNA) and stored for everyone who possess it to experience regardless the circumstances. Markets and Money are transfiguring into intangible algorithmic byproducts. Everything to serve the information flow.
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The foundation supports creative processes that encompass all cultural and artistic expressions or manifestations understood from a wide point of view.
They are looking for new artistic creations addressing the impact that Covid-19 is having on Catalan society and the challenges arising from it.
The artwork must have a clear transformation goal and must be developed in the public space, also incorporating a digital alternative to face possible new periods of lock-down.
Creators with a minimum career of two years and with residence in Catalonia are encouraged to submit their proposals.
One scholarship will be awarded per project and creator. Several creators cannot present the same project to be developed within the framework of a group.
All projects will be scrutinized during the month of September. The development process will take place between October 2020 and January 2021.
At the end of January the artists will be required to present a memoir reflecting the process and the creative proposal.
Until the 31st of July and from August 24 to 31 there will be a dedicated phone line for any arising questions: +34 932 090 948. The foundation can also be reached via email.