Celebrating 11 years of projection in Alys Beach, Digital Graffiti announced “Participation” by Jes Van Zee of AOA, Orlando, as “Best of Show.”
Held May 18-20, the festival sponsored by Christie welcomed 25 artists from around the world to Northwest Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A in South Walton to showcase original digital artwork on the pristine white walls of Alys Beach’s homes.
“The judges’ selection of Jess Van Zee’s work 'Participation as 'Best of Show' underscored her use of interactive technology to break up and create new layers of associations and meaning, literally in the street,” said Digital Graffiti curator Brett Phares. “The judges saw her piece as exemplar, especially in the way it welcomed and stirred those in attendance to interact with it.”
The complete list of winners includes:
• Best of Show ($5,000 prize): Jes Van Zee of AOA, Orlando, FL, “Participation”
• Curator’s Choice ($2,000 prize): Vinay Khare, Pondicherry, India, “Chaos in String Theory”
Special Recognition ($1,000 prizes): Luzena Adams, New York City, “Alpha Omega;” Cesar, Alhaurín el Grande, Spain, “softporn;” and Sean Capone, New York City, "The Sky Report”
“AOA and I are incredibly honored that the curatorial staff selected 'Participation' as 'Best of Show' out of all of the pieces featured at the festival,” said Van Zee. “As an artist, I am incredibly lucky to receive such support from my organization, who are proud that this work was seen and acknowledged at Alys Beach. With the support of the resources at AOA, we were able to present the best possible vision of this piece to the audience and artists at Digital Graffiti.
"Being surrounded by immersive projections and talented artists at this beautiful location was nothing short of inspiring," she added. "We look forward to applying to next year’s festival with a new, interactive projection that is already in the works.”
In his pick for Curator’s Choice, Phares said, “For Curator’s Choice, I want to highlight certain work as the future of Digital Graffiti, and those artists who are practicing their art at a deeper level. Vinay Khare represents this for me, and I am very happy to help further his craft and his art.”
A panel of art and industry experts led by Phares served as the jury for the festival and selected the winners. The panel included Florida State University College of Communication research associate and adjunct instructor Lucia Fishburne, journalist Evan Narcisse, executive director at New Orleans Film Society Fallon Young, Christie Digital media server solutions manager Geoffrey Platt, and director & creative technologist Jeff Grantz.
For more information about the festival, go to digitalgraffiti.com.