After the award ceremony, you will hear live performances by this year's Giga-Hertz Production Award winners h0nh1m and Mark Pilkington. The concert starts with a piece by Siamak Anvari, followed by a performance by Annie Rüfenacht & Sandra Schmid who received Honorary Mentions.
h0nh1m belongs to a new generation of artists who are working to abolish the separation of installation, audiovisual performance and technical realization. It was precisely this interaction between image and music that convinced the jury, as the animated images in combination with the music creates a fascinating pull that immerses recipients in an art world that, despite all its aestheticization, also creates anxiety. This is certainly also to be seen as a political statement, as the sky over his home Hong Kong is threatening to darken.
Being engineer, visual artist and electronic musician, Mark Pilkington combines the visual and the aural in a natural way. His work »Hidden Forest«, implemented as a live computer algorithm or a fixed media work, is centered around the idea of natural and artificial ecosystems, and the concept of movement as manifesting living presence and time. »Hidden Forest« calls attention to the burning environmental issues by combining the natural and the artificial.
The jury of the Giga-Hertz Award 2020 awards the Swiss artist duo Annie Rüfenacht & Sandra Schmid an Honorary Mention. The double character between scientificity and abstraction of their work »Kataklasit«, with which Rüfenacht & Schmid explore visual and acoustic aspects of stones, impressed the jury to a great extent.
Siamak Anvari composed the almost 17-minute composition »Hafthasht« in a 24-channel surround sound version, which allows the nebulous, abstract and yet expressive character of the composition to be experienced immersively. The jury was impressed by the immediacy and freshness of the sounds, as well as by the immediate effect the composition is able to unfold.