Art and technology have caused some of the most important ruptures in
the 20th century's artistic movements and still do in the 21st
century. Technology's creative exploration is nowadays one of contemporary
art's foundations, being an object of various approaches by many artists.
The constitution of Sonae's Media Art Award aims at finding room for
creation and reflection around the new alliances between art and technology, at
an increasingly sophisticated level, which already include cybernetic
technologies, such as digital art, the wide range of computing possibilities as
far as animation, sound and graphics are concerned, the network platforms that
allow new interactive challenges between the artist and the spectator, through
virtual art or the internet, and the developing lines of robotics, virtual
reality, biotechnology and artificial intelligence.
The concept of media art faces the confrontation between the creative
field's subjectivity, ever-expanding and difficult to define, and the vast yet
still cloudy domain of artificial intelligence, programmed and making use of
superhuman resources, which will definitely place new theorisation and
reflection paradigms on the future of art in an increasingly interactive and
We hope this award can generate creative dynamics, but also a deep
reflection and discussion made possible by these new media, which confront
freedom of creation with new technological challenges.
Curator, MNAC - Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do