Monday, 23 December 2019

The third instalment of the Leeds-based DARE Art Prize is now open for applications

Samuel Hertz recording source material for Gunslinge 2 (Photo Reba West Fraser)
Samuel Hertz recording source material for Gunslinger 2 (Photo Reba West Fraser)
The DARE Art Prize, awarded by the University of Leeds and Opera North, challenges artists and scientists to collaborate on new approaches to the creative process. Previous winners' work as a result of the prize has included a musical transcription of a glacier melting, and employing an algorithm to process musical scores. The third instalment of the prize will be awarded to an innovative, ambitious artist who is motivated by the opportunity to work in partnership with leading scientific researchers at the University of Leeds.

The DARE Art Prize is now open for applications with a prize of £15,000, closing date 30 January 2020. The winners of the two previous Prizes each spent a year working on strikingly different, but equally inventive projects, both of which established shared vision between artists and scientists, bridging the gap between two fields that are often seen as mutually exclusive.

Winner of the inaugural prize, composer Samuel Hertz [see my interview with Samuel] worked with low-frequency infrasound, delving into climatology, the environment and the paranormal, with outcomes including a musical transcription of a glacier melting and a piece of music featuring sounds inaudible to the human ear.

Artist and researcher Anna Ridler, who won the 2018-19 Prize, has spent her tenure investigating the points at which artificial and human intelligence intersect, teaching a machine to draw, and employing an algorithm to process musical scores.

Further information from the DARE website.

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