The main prize of the UNESCO Digital Arts Award 2005 - City and Creative Media goes to Indian artist Ashok Sukumaran for his poetic yet pragmatic project SWITCH.
SWITCH has been selected out of 242 project proposals by the International Jury Committee of the Award through an online selection process.
The six jury members appointed by UNESCO with a balance of geo-cultural representation placed the highest value on this project in recognition of its innovative, artistic reflections on current urban environment, and its critical perspectives on the layering of old technology electricity and new media within city infrastructures. Furthermore, it was appreciated for exploring and rediscovering urban situations in reactivating relations with technological networks .
On this occasion, the grand prize winner will receive 5000 US dollars and is invited to present his prize-winning project at the International Workshop on Urban Play and Locative Media (18-20 October 2005, Seoul, Republic of Korea), organised by Art Center Nabi, the co-organisers of this years edition of the Award.
The project redrawing lines by Tripta Chandola (India) has been bestowed the 2nd prize of 3000 US dollars while the 3rd prize position has been jointly awarded to two projects: Yellow Chair Stories, by Anab Jain and Zhong Shuo, a collaborative project by Iain Mott (Australia) and Ding Jie (China). Both projects will receive a prize of 1000 US dollars. In addition, the NABI special honourable mention is given to the project Light Attack by Daniel Sauter (Germany).