On the evening of 15 September 2023, the three winners of the VR ART PRIZE were announced during the awards ceremony. The jury, consisting of Yolanda Kaddu-Mulindwa (Director of the Municipal Galleries Neukölln), Nora O Murchú (Artistic Director, transmediale), Dr. Ursula Ströbele (Head of Study Center for Modern and Contemporary Art, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich), Jan Walther (Member of the Board of Directors, Deutsche Kreditbank AG, Berlin) and Dr. Marc Wellmann (pausing Artistic Director, Haus am Lützowplatz), has selected three winners from among the five artists nominated for the VR ART PRIZE.
THE FIRST PRIZE OF 5,000€ GOES TO
THE SECOND PRIZE OF 4,000€ TO
AND THE THIRD PRIZE OF 3,000€ TO
THE JURY’S STATEMENT
"Fãl Project [none-AI] by Mohsen Hazrati is a stellar work that connects two of the most diverse levels of meaning and reality: the speculative-spiritual dimensions of technology and historical Persian myths. Real-time prophecies communicated via ChatGPT and an AR projection on a screen stimulate the recipient with their combination of multi-sensory elements, bubbling water and augmented reality. Inside the installation, the gaze oscillates between the past and the present, raising questions about dystopian moments and socio-poetical utopias. Mohsen Hazrati presents viewers with poetic, hopeful prophecies and new perspectives of the world."