Winners 2013

The tip of the iceberg. Learn more about the winners of BLOOOM Award by WARSTEINER 2013

  • 1st. place: Igor Simic, Serbia
    The Thinker in the Supermarket

Video
Length: 7:06 minutes
The Thinker in the Supermarket is a part of the multimedia “Shopping Cart Art Project,” which Igor Simic started in the summer of 2012. Simic directed and wrote the video, and the director of photography was Nemanja Jovanov. The voice-over is provided in several languages. In the video, a contemporary Thinker is sitting across from a supermarket shelf full of products. The thinker’s stream of consciousness moves towards a broader understanding of packaging as a "clean" way of exploiting everything that exists in nature, including humanity. The video was shot on the top of Mount Beljanica in Serbia. The Thinker in the Supermarket was in the official selection of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and was screened at other international festivals.
  • 2nd place: Alexander Becherer, Germany
    Paratropolis

Material: hardened polystyrene, wood, metal, cement, spray paint, rotary motors, steam
Dimensions: 800 cm x 250 cm x 120 cm
Our temporary era is defined by worldwide urbanization, overflowing urban agglomerations and ever-increasing rural flight. As late as 1970, there were only three so-called megacities in the entire world: New York, Tokyo, and Shanghai. Just 30 years later, there are now 24. This trend and shift as well as the rapid net population growth in pre-existing cities shape people’s life histories and are increasingly important for society. Alexander Becherer has taken up this vision in his project Paratropolis. From October 2012 to May 2013, he developed a highly detailed, constantly expanding, fictional model of a palpably present urban living, working, and recreational space.

The metropolitan behemoth is accessed by way of a street that takes the form of a conveyor belt. It floods viewers’ eyes with a multitude of visual stimuli, simultaneously beckoning them with a fantastic voyage of discovery into the heart of an urban nightmare, furnished with masses of symbols and found material. Fritz Lang’s images from Metropolis play a role here, as does the real-world visual idiom of Eastern Bloc Socialism.
  • 3rd place: Ramon Schoonbrood, Belgium
    My Worthless Life

Material: Black cables
Dimensions: Variable
My Worthless Life is created in situ, and thus adapts to the size and shape of its current location. The work is of a temporary nature and must be re-created by the artist each time an exhibition takes place. Ramon Schoonbrood uses only black cables and a projector. Only one specific viewpoint shows the correct perspective, the image of a tormented Superman. The alienation of well-known icons from popular culture is the artist’s way of criticizing our present-day society.

Thank you 2013!

Record breaking 2013:
We received 1,125 applications from 55 countries - an amazing result.

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

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