Top 10 2016

THE FOLLOWING TEN ARTISTS CONVINCED THE JUDGES PANEL AND STOOD OUT AS THE BEST OF MORE THAN 2,000 APPLICATIONS FROM 84 COUNTRIES. ALL TEN FINALISTS RECEIVED THE CHANCE TO PRESENT THEIR WORK FROM October 27 to October 30, 2016 AT BLOOOM – THE CONVERGING ART SHOW IN COLOGNE IN FRONT OF 37.000 VISITORS.

  • Finalist Tadao Cern, Lithuania
    Black Balloons

Material: Rubber, plastic, sulfur, hexafluoride, carbon, dioxide, helium
Dimensions: 200 x 200 cm
Initially, Tadao Cern was busy with the idea to connect two balloons. An idea that came up between the other currently run projects.
So he bought two balloons, and got overwhelmed by the result of her first experiments, for which he first used only two different gasses: helium and sulfur hexafluoride.
The project brought a childlike sense of discovery so that later one he worked out how to make the balloons float in the middle of a glass tank.
This experience uncovers a lot and the more one looks at it, the more it becomes true: simplicity is genius.
  • Winner of the 1st place: Matthias Danberg, Germany
    Sculptures

Video
Length: 17:40 min
Motives, that are defined somewhere beween transhumanic science-fiction stories and sculptural work, can be seen in the video work of Matthias Danberg.
In this work the artist tries to combine classical antique forms with the modern language of form of the science fiction genre.
  • Winner of 3rd place: Femke Huurdeman, The Netherlands
    Pippin and the Pursuits of Life

Video
Länge: 05:48 min
„Pippin and the Pursuits of life“ was the graduation project of the young artist Femke Huurdeman.
Femke Huurdeman made the the fashion film with a narrative for the Dutch designer Maaike Fransen.
She already had the opportunity to showcase her movie at various fashion film festivals all over the world.
  • Finalist Aaron Li-Hill, USA
    Electric Currents and Mortal Wounds

Material: Wood, latex, Cardboard, Aerosol, Vinyl, Water
Dimensions: 750 x 450 x 300 cm
Interwoven, multi-dimensional structures made of source materials such as wood and cardboard, reclaimed materials, latex paint - The installation of the artist Aaron Li-Hill responds to the environment and setting.
Painted representational figures can be seen on sections of the installation which are reflected in a pond which is made of a pond liner and filled with water.
  • Finalist Martin Reiche, Germany
    Shell Performance (Installation)

Material: Computers, screens, cables
Dimensions: 70 x 200 x 10 cm
The work of Martin Reiche is based on data which he found on three hard drives bought in an electrical waste dumb in Ghana (from the KairUs-Kollektiv Linz).
Shell performance was first presented at the Art Meets Radical Openness Festival in Linz.
The work is partly pornographic because the content of the hard drives is replayed.
  • Finalist Marco Sanna, Germany
    Lichtschalter Sound Cube (Light switch sound cube)

Material: metal, steel, light switches, speakers with SD-function, speakers and cables
Dimensions: 52 x 52 x 52 cm
The light switch sound cube is one of the current works of the artist Marco Sanna, which play with sound and object levels. 180 light switches activate sound instead of light.
The sound levels change here and there and are remixed again and again. They play with space through noises from steps and door-slamming.
An ironic level for clicking back is built by recorded light switch sounds.
Frequencies momentory tranform the object into a musical instrument.
The soul of the object is defined by the dialogue between the cube and the player which again built up a relationship between object and player.

  • Finalist Liat Segal, Israel
    Attending machine

Material: Installation, aluminum, UV sensitive pigment, electronics, mechanics, software
Dimensions: 300 x 150 cm
Attending Machine temporarily visualizes a feed of portraits taken from Facebook accounts. The participants have agreed to take part in a virtual event named ‘Donate your virtual identity to art’, only to be actualized within the machine. The attendees’ profile images are printed and fade as time passes. The portrait is no longer eternal and is based on the way the person depicted chose to represent him or herself in the social network. The machine writes on a wall painted with an ultra-violate sensitive pigment. While passing over the surface, it turns on and off 96 UV LEDs in a carefully timed sequence, exposing the surface to UV and temporarily creating dots and dashes on the surface.
  • Finalist Xanthe Somers, UK
    Don't bite the hand that feeds you, or maybe you should

Material: Laser cut corn from Zimbabwe
Dimensions: 60 x 60 x 20 cm
The work of the artist Xanthe Somers shows the speech of independence of Mr. Mugabe (who is the president and Dictator of Zimbabwe) 1980 which is laser cut onto corn pieces. There are 1658 pieces of corn that are laser cut.
The work is a representation of the emptiness that the words now portray. Different word associations occur as the art work moves generating new thoughts. Corn is used as it used to be Zimbabwes largest agriculture industry however the country is now poverty stricken and destitute.
  • Finalist Angelika Wischermann, Austria
    Recht schön gelegen (Laid down nicely)

Material: soil, pool liner, turf, wooden box
Dimensions: 200 x 300 cm
Angelika Wischermann spent one week lying on the grass for several hours. At the vernissage, the impression of her body can be seen clearly. During the exhbition it fades from day to day.
  • Winner of 2nd place: Rahel Zaugg, Switzerland
    Liberator – Parts of defence

Material: 3D prints (Plastic), nails
Dimensions: -
Liberator – Parts of Defence consists of parts from 3D printable Liberatorpistoles, whose construction plans were free available in the internet in 2013.
Liberator – Parts of defence presents parts of the weapon in new combinations and also with new functions. The spiral can be produced with a 3D printer, the customary nails were used manifold and assembled to a bulletproof waistcoat.
Within this work, the artist Rahel Zaugg used the materials in that way, that a "firearm" became a "defensive arm", reflecting the fine line between attack and defense, between a shoot and protection.

Thank you 2016!

Again, a record: We received more than 2,000 applications from 84 countries in 2016!

The special exhibition with the ten finalist's work at BLOOOM - the converging art show was a great success.

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