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SSN Arts Prize Ceremony

At the SSN 2022 conference the winners of the arts prizes from 2020 and 2022 were awarded and honoured. The presented their works and engaged in a discussion with the audience on their works and the subject of arts within surveillance studies and further afield.

The curators Julia Chab and Stéfy McKnight moderated the panel and guided through the ceremony.

Congratulations to all winners and the honorable mentions.

More on the prizes, artists and their works here: https://www.ssnartsprize.com



SSN Arts prize 2022 winner

Award announcement

The selection committee is delighted to announce the winner of the SSN Arts Prize 2022, Elham Fatapour’s homemade satellite dishes (2019-2020).

Additionally, the committee awarded two honourable mention awards to Wendy Wong for Linguistic racism and the sonic surveillance of speech in schools (2021) and Jessica-Maria Nassif for Mix, Match, and Start from Scratch (2019-2021).

We received many impressive applications to the competition this year, and the committee is thankful to all those who took the time to apply. The Surveillance Studies Network Arts Prize is a bi-annual award that recognizes and publicly supports artwork centred on critical readings of surveillance. The award includes a monetary prize, invited participation in a future Surveillance & Society forum discussing the work, and a showcase opportunity at the Surveillance Studies Network’s conference on 01-03 June 2022 at Erasmus University Rotterdam in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Congratulations to the SSN Arts Prize 2022 winner and two honourable mentions!



Call for Nominations: SSN Arts Prize 2022

Surveillance Studies Network Arts Prize 2022

The Surveillance Studies Network (SSN) is dedicated to the study of surveillance in all its forms. It promotes innovative and multidisciplinary work on surveillance, including research that bridges different academic fields, furthers the understanding of surveillance in wider society, and informs information policy and political debate. As a registered charitable company, the SSN is committed to the free distribution of scholarly products, including the publication of Surveillance & Society, the leading peer-reviewed journal dedicated to surveillance studies.

As part of its mandate, the SSN seeks to encourage creative and artistic practices engaging with the topic of surveillance. As such, the Surveillance Studies Network Arts Prize is a bi-annual award that recognizes and publicly supports artwork centred on critical readings of surveillance. Following the success of its two previous Arts Prizes in 2018 and 2020, the SSN is delighted to announce the call for nominations to the 2022 competition.

Award

All submissions are adjudicated by a committee composed of members of the SSN board. The award for first prize is £250 and up to three honourable mentions will receive £100. Additionally, the winner and each honourable mention will receive a fee waiver for conference registration at the forthcoming SSN Conference to be held 01-03 June 2022 at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, as well as coverage in a Surveillance & Society forum discussing the work. Funds permitting, winning artists will also receive an invitation to showcase their work, or a representation of it, in an onsite or virtual exhibition during SSN’s 2022 conference.

Please note that, due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the format of the 2022 SSN conference and thus the administration of the Arts Prize may be subject to change to accommodate changing public health measures.

The nominated work must be an original art project that was produced or exhibited in the 2019, 2020, or 2021 calendar years. The following criteria will be used to adjudicate the nominations:

  1. demonstrates a thematic fit with the critical orientation of the Surveillance Studies Network and Surveillance & Society;
  2. exhibits theoretical sophistication;
  3. produces new and unique ways of thinking about modes of surveillance;
  4. and promotes audience engagements.

Deadlines and Forms

The call for nominations closes on 30 November at 11:59pm EST, with the selected artworks announced in January 2022. To nominate an artwork for the upcoming competition, please download and complete the following form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gSbgzAPX-3MM4ufcvY0Yr84BTz9IxHmI/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=113188570049587824126&rtpof=true&sd=true. Self-nominations are welcome.

For further information, please contact Susan Cahill, Arts Editor of Surveillance & Society at susan.cahill@ucalgary.ca  and include the heading “SSN Arts Prize”.

*Submission forms are hosted by Google. For a PDF version, please send a request to susan.cahill@ucalgary.ca with the heading “SSN Arts Prize form—PDF request”.



SSN Arts Prize 2020: the Winners!

SSN ARTS PRIZE 2020: Award announcement

The selection committee is delighted to announce the winner of the SSN Arts Prize 2020, sava saheli singh for her short film series Screening Surveillance (2019, co-produced with the Surveillance Studies Centre)

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Additionally, the committee awarded two honourable mention awards to Pip Thornton and Ray Interactive for Newspeak (2019), and Florian van Zandwijk for Vision Processor: EN471 (2019).

We received many impressive applications to the competition this year, and the committee is thankful to all those who took the time to apply. The Surveillance Studies Network Arts Prize is a bi-annual award that recognizes and publicly supports artwork centred on critical readings of surveillance.

The award includes a monetary prize, invited participation in a future Surveillance & Society forum discussing the work, and a showcase opportunity at the 9th biennial Surveillance & Society conference on June 8-10 2020 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Congratulations to the SSN Arts Prize 2020 winner and two honourable mentions!



Call for Nominations: SSN Arts Prize 2020

Surveillance Studies Network Arts Prize 2020

The Surveillance Studies Network (SSN) is dedicated to the study of surveillance in all its forms. It promotes innovative and multidisciplinary work on surveillance, including research that bridges different academic fields, furthers the understanding of surveillance in wider society, and informs information policy and political debate. As a registered charitable company, the SSN is committed to the free distribution of scholarly products, including the publication of Surveillance & Society, the leading peer-reviewed journal dedicated to surveillance studies.

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Impressions from SSN 2018, Aarhus

Some photos from the award ceremonies (arts-fund-prize and outstanding achievement award) at SSN 2018 in Aarhus.



SSN Arts Fund Prize: The winner!

The selection committee is delighted to announce the winner of the inaugural Arts Fund Prize, James Coupe, for his work “Watchtower: A Machine for Living”.

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We had an exceptionally strong body of submissions, and thus the committee is additionally pleased to announce three honorable mentions: Julia Scher, for “Predictive Engineering3”, Rose Butler, for “Come and Go”, and Stefy McKnight for “Hunting for Prey”.

The Surveillance Studies Network Arts Fund is a bi-annual award that recognizes and publicly supports artwork centred on critical readings of surveillance. The Award includes a £2,000 prize, a showcase opportunity at the SSN Conference June 7-9, 2018 in Aarhus, Denmark, and invited participation in a future Surveillance & Society forum discussing the work.

Please look for further coverage of these artists and their work in Blink, the blog of Surveillance & Society, at the conference in Aarhus this June, and in a future special section of Surveillance & Society.

If you are joining us at the conference, please note that the submission deadline is 31 January, 2018.



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