Global Tour | Lumen Prize Exhibition 2015 / 2016

Now in it’s fourth year, The Lumen Prize Exhibition celebrates art created digitally by artists around the world. Its goal is to celebrate the power and potential of this exciting genre through an annual competition and global tour of works selected by an eminent panel of judges.

Artists may submit work made on electronic devices, such as smart phones, tablets, 3D printers and computers using apps, software or original coding. Each year, the winning works tour the world. Every Lumen show includes a workshop or seminar on digital art and engages with digital artists locally. As of spring 2015, the Lumen Prize has staged 14 shows around the world, including venues in China, the US, and across Europe. For more about the prize and tour, please see our FAQs.

2015/16 Tour

September 24th – Frontline Club, London, UK – Winner’s Announcement and Gala

November 19th – 22nd – Jin Space & Gallery, Shanghai, China – Exhibition and Seminar

December 7th – 10th – NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, New York City, NY, USA – Exhibition and Seminar

January 5th – 30th – Canary Wharf Winter Lights Festival, London, UK

March 25th – 29th – Caerphilly Castle, Wales, Exhibition and workshops

April 29 – May 8th – Creative Tech Week, New York City, NY, USA

Zero Latency Virtual Reality Gaming Center (Melbourne, Australia)

The future of entertainment is here. Free-roam, multiplayer virtual reality. Only in Melbourne.

Imagine a game that doesn’t feel like a game. Where your body is the controller. And your mind believes it’s real. The digital and real world meshed seamlessly together, to transport you inside the virtual like never before. When you move, the game moves with you. Pure immersive mayhem with the freedom to get up and go.

Zero Latency will take you to the future, into a world dragging itself back from the brink of destruction. Pit yourself against undead hordes and outwit rebel raiders as you and your team race to restore order, before the clock runs out.

Zero Latency
22-32 Steel St, North Melbourne, Victoria

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Coded Matter(s) Event Series (Netherlands)

If you will be traveling to the Netherlands, be sure to check out this event series.

Coded Matter(s) is FIBER’s new event series exploring the explosion of digital processes taking place in hybrid art, design and music and the ripples this causes. Within presentations and performances, local and international artists, designers and researchers will also reflect on the immense possibilities – and emerging problems – offered by digital networks, algorithms, intelligent software and coded tools and materials.

Together with partners like Flemish Arts Centre De Brakke Grond, MU, TodaysArt and 5 Days Off we’ve created a series of enticing programmes with talks, showcases and performances. Our programmes presented how artists create connections within their work between human expression, technology, computer-generated data and their physical surroundings. Coded Matter(s) has set out to further explore how technology enables new forms of artistic expression.

Poetrics by Google Interactive Art Installation at Kings Cross (London, England)

On display until approximately March 2016

Google has unveiled an interactive art installation that turns random words into poetry that then appears on an electronic billboard in north London.

Called Poetrics, the installation is made up of 17 LED panels that display words spoken into microphones placed at street level as randomly created poetry.

It has been placed on the hoardings around the development site of Google’s new Kings Cross offices for passers-by to interact with, and is promoting the Knowledge Quarter’s upcoming Curious Arts Festival.


SeaGlass Carousel at The Battery (New York City, New York)

Opening Day is August 20, 2015

COME with me to the Battery, to the tip of Manhattan, where the sea meets the city, where the sea once was, where the sea may be again someday.

We are going to ride through an underwater garden, inside giant fish that shimmer with electric bioluminescence. They dart and pause, skim and school within a nautilus shell of stainless steel and glass, set in the Battery Bosque, 200 yards from Castle Clinton, which served as the New York Aquarium until 1941.

This is the $16 million SeaGlass carousel, developed by the Battery Conservancy. It is set to open on Thursday. Young and old will be charged $5 each for a three-and-a-half-minute ride that might more accurately be called an immersion.

“Neon” Film by Lawrence Johnston

World Premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) 2015 (Australia)
August 16, 2015

A sustainable source of illumination, a creative inspiration and a fading craft, neon shines in Lawrence Johnston’s latest film.

Lawrence Johnston has long been obsessed with neon. Although his award-winning film Eternity (MIFF 1994) was about Arthur Stace’s handwritten signage, Johnston managed to sneak footage of neon signs throughout. Neon also features in Night (MIFF 2007), and while filming Fallout (MIFF 2013), the director made a special trip to Las Vegas to visit neon museum The Boneyard.

It was there that Johnston decided to make a film celebrating the beauty and romance, the art and science of neon: visually stunning, one of the most environmentally friendly forms of lighting ever made, and endangered – LED is slowly but surely taking its place around the globe.

Vivid, beautiful and insightful, the MIFF Premiere Fund-supported Neon is the story of this noble element that has so profoundly coloured the modern world.

London art trail: ‘What’s in your DNA?’ (London, England)

Through early September 2015

This summer, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) commissioned artists to decorate 21 DNA helix sculptures. They’re spread throughout London, and we tried to find them all. We skipped two because we were tired and hungry and behind schedule, but still managed to see 19 of the 21 sculptures in one day.

The sculptures are in London until early September 2015. After that, they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Francis Crick Institute.

Kaleidoscope 2015 VR Film Festival

The Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival is a traveling showcase of the best in cinematic virtual reality. Come celebrate the pioneers of virtual reality filmmaking with an evening of artist presentations, VR demos, and engaging discussions.

Kaleidoscope has curated 20 of the most innovative VR films from around the world. These pioneering artists are inventing the language of cinematic virtual reality.

Tour Schedule

August 22 – Portland, Oregon
August 26 – Seattle, Washington
August 29 – Vancouver (Canada)
September 15 – San Francisco, California
September 23 – Los Angeles, California
September 26 – Denver, Colorado
October 1 – Montreal (Canada)
October 4 – Toronto (Canada)
October 6 – New York City
October 14 – Austin, Texas

BANDALOOP Vertical Dance Performance

A pioneer in vertical dance performance, BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography and the art of climbing to turn the dance floor on its side. Founded by choreographer and artistic director Amelia Rudolph, BANDALOOP’s work has been presented in theaters and museums, on skyscrapers, bridges, billboards and historical sites, in atriums and convention halls, in nature on cliffs, and on screen. BANDALOOP honors nature, community and the human spirit by bringing dance to new audiences, activating public and natural spaces, and re-imagining what dance can be.