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UNESCO Digital Arts Award 2005

Young artists from around the world are invited to take part in this year’s award devoted to the theme of “City and Creative Media”. Organized in collaboration with Art Center Nabi, the Award would be delivered to non-realized project proposals in order to embrace a wider audience of creators, who have the innovative artistic ideas but not necessarily the means.

The call specifically aims at encouraging young emerging artists to cultivate new forms of expressions using new media and technology in reflecting on how urban spaces and city environments could be transformed into creative outlets.
The submission deadline is 14 September 2005. All project proposals should be submitted online at the official website of submission, where participants will also be able to find further detailed information (description of sub-themes, general guidelines, submission criteria, etc). All submissions should be in English.
The total prize money is US $10,000, which would be divided into and given to more than one laureate, in some cases a group of artists. An additional US $10,000 will be granted by the Art Center Nabi (Seoul, Republic of Korea), as production costs, to the winner(s) of a Special Honorary Mention awarded for projects already realized that can be re-embodied within the urban context of city Seoul. The funds are also to cover the travel costs of the 1st winner of the UNESCO Award to the International Workshop in October organized by Nabi.
The award-winning projects would be selected by an international jury, assembled on this occasion representing the five geo-cultural regions (Africa, Arab States, Asia/Pacific, Europe/North America, and Latin America/Caribbean).
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Best Of - My Boyfriend Came Back From The War

Almost ten years ago, in 1996, Olia Lialina created My Boyfriend Came Back From The War, an interactive, non-linear narrative, making use of basic web technology. Two lovers are reunited after a war and start having a conversation, which unfolds as we click on the photos and texts that show up in the screen. Depending on where we click, the story may take slightly different turns.

Everything is very contained: no sound, no colours, simply black and white, transmitting a certain feeling of timelessness. The strenght comes from the intensity of what is said. Those lovers could be any lovers after any war.

In 1996, most creative experiences with the web were exploring political issues, but this one dealt with something more subtle, relationships, loss, love and trust. Despite being online, Lialina never thought of it as a net art piece. As she said it: "It's my most successful work, but it is not a real net project. The fact that it can exist on cd-rom, that you can put it on a floppy and go to any computer and show it offline makes a difference."

Despite this classification issue, My Boyfriend Came Back From The War can be thought of one of the most influencial pieces of what can now be termed net art's historical period. The narrative it puts up is poetic and simple, yet very strong. It opened up net art to narrative and to different ways of storytelling as another way of exploring the artistic possibilities of the world wide web.

Olia Lialina
My Boyfriend Came Back From The War
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