Cover of the publication »Update II. International Biennal Digital Art«
Sun, April 20, 2008 – Sun, July 06, 2008
Update_2 (2008)
The edition »update_2/ Selection ZKM« (20/04/2008 – 06/07/2008) was a collaboration with director Peter Weibel of ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie) in Karlsruhe (DE) and Stef Van Bellingen (BE) as co-curator. In update_2 several works from the ZKM collection were exhibited, and for the first time the New Technological Art Competition was organized.

Parallel to the ZKM exhibition 12 works were nominated chosen between more than 70 entries displayed on the site of the Zebrastraat in Ghent. The jury award of 5.000 euros was given to Julien Maire (FR) for his work »Exploded camera«, the prize of the public went to Nick Ervinck (BE) for his Studies 2004-2006.

»Update_2« showed masterpieces from the ZKM collection by Jim Campbell, Heinz Mack, Piero Fogliati, Bruno Munari, Kovac Architecture, Masaki Fujihata, Golan Levin, Wolfgang Münch, Jeffrey Shaw, Toni Oursler and Bruce Nauman. Esther Polak, Michell and Jean-Pierre Hartmann produced new work for the Zebrastraat. The exhibition was accompanied by a comprehensive program of films, molecular cooking, lectures, debates, a concert, ...

An international jury selected the various art projects on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 from the entries representing 16 different countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, Austria, Romania, Slovenia, Japan, Israel, USA, New Zealand, Canada, Brazil, Paraguay, ...). The jury consisted of Jean-Marie Dallet (Professor and curator Update I) - Philippe Van Cauteren (Director SMAK Gent) - Françoise Meesen (Liedts-Meesen Foundation) - Dirk De Wit (Director BAM) - Stef Van Bellingen (Consultant Zebrastraat / Artistic leader of the WARP association) - Esther Polak (artist – Laureate of Ars Electronica Linz 2005).

The Shortlist

The shortlisted artists were Juliana Borinski & PL Cashier (BR/FR), Frederik De Wilde (BE), Kurt D'Haeseleer (BE), Nick Ervinck (BE), Wim Janssen (BE), Christoph Wachter & Mathias Jud (CH), Leroy + Leroy (FR), Julien Maire (FR), Christophe Hans Meier (DE), Open Ended Group (US) and Janek Schaefer (GB).

The jury award of 5000 euros was handed over on Sunday, June 1, 2008 to Julien Maire (FR) for his work Exploded camera, the public prize went to Nick Ervinck (BE) Studies 2004-2006. The installation Exploded Camera (2007) by Julien Maire (1969, Metz, FR) was selected by Philippe Van Cauteren for presentation at the SMAK museum in Ghent (Museum of Contemporary Art) between 13/12/2008 and 22/02/2009.