Are you a net artist living in online squalor, with not a single Bitcoin to call your own? Well, relief is here. Rhizome, in partnership with the Tsinghua Art & Science Media Lab and the Center for Art and Technology, has announced a new annual grant called the Prix Net Art, an international award for art made on the internet. The haul will be $10,000, and it will arrive, the announcement says, with “no strings attached.” Go crazy, net art kids.
The Prix Net Art celebrates the current moment of internet art and its future, and was created to acknowledge the shifting relationship between art and the web. Increasingly, the internet is the frame through which all contemporary art and culture is seen and understood. As many artists tackle technology as subject matter through different forms – sculpture, installation and painting – this prize seeks to address the relative scarcity of support for artwork that takes place primarily or exclusively online. The prize emphasizes the unique and crucial importance of such work in order to encourage those who continue to make art on the internet.
The deadline for nominations is August 31, 2014.