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Winnie Soon awarded Golden Nica

Winnie Soon has been awarded the prestigious Golden Nica by Ars Electronica. The Prix Ars Electronica is the world’s longest-running media art competition and a prominent appearance at the renowned Ars Electronica Festival in Linz. Winnie Soon is awarded for the work Unerasable Characters Series in the AI & Life Art category.

As the jury states “Although Soon’s work serves as stern commentary on the increased role of pervasive, automated digital surveillance infrastructure in the control and erasure of dissenting voices, it also highlights the opportunity created through the combination of digital “breadcrumbs” and algorithmic techniques.” 

Quoting from Winnie’s own website: “The unerasable series explores the politics of erasure and the temporality of voices within the context of digital authoritarianism. It presents the sheer scale of unheard voices by technically examining and culturally reflecting the endlessness, and its wider consequences, of censorship that is implemented through technological platforms and infrastructure.

See the artworks in the unerasable series: Unerasable Images, Unerasable Characters I, Unerasable Characters II, and Unerasable Characters III.

Press release from Ars Electronica