Media Art Award 2024 conferred

For her project proposal, Somnium, Eunju Hong, a graduate of the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, has received the Media Art Award 2024, conferred by the Kunststiftung Ingvild und Stephan Goetz. The prize is acknowledged with 5,000 euros and includes an exhibition in the AkademieGalerie in September 2024.

Hong’s work explores the social impact of new technologies. Her project proposal Somnium was inspired by the eponymous book by the German astronomer Johannes Kepler published in 1609, which tells of a boy who embarks on a journey to the moon with his mother, a sorceress. In Somnium, considered to be one of the first science fiction novels ever, Kepler not only describes his interplanetary vision, but also the personal challenges he faced after his own mother was accused of witchcraft. Using various optical instruments, Hong will create an experimental video installation focusing on the relationship of two individuals in an intimate space.

With her project proposal, Hong was able to prevail over a large number of promising applications. The award was decided by a jury comprising employees of the Sammlung Goetz, the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, the Kunststiftung Ingvild und Stephan Goetz and external art experts.

The Media Art Award of the Kunststiftung Ingvild and Stephan Goetz is a cooperation between the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München and the Sammlung Goetz. The prize is to be awarded annually for an initial period of three years and is bestowed on younger artists active in the field of media art in order to help support the creation of new works and strengthen their public perception.