Carla Rapoport: Who’s Afraid of Digital Art? The History of the Lumen Prize

The Lumen Prize for Art and Technology was launched by a financial journalist in rural Wales in 2012. Why has it become one of the most coveted awards for artists creating with technology globally and what are the  key trends that have changed the genre since Lumen's launch? Along with awarding over US$80,000 to artists globally, the prize has led to the establishment of a global community of artists creating with technology. This, in turn, gave birth to Lumen Art Projects which curates exhibitions, commissions and events from this community globally. How does the art/tech agenda survive - and thrive - in a world dominated by art institutions, venues and galleries which often exhibit a lack of understanding and/or comfort with the genre? This talk will also take a look at the interest from collectors and institutions in the sale, lease and secondary market of this kind of work.

Harald Kraemer: About the manipulation of primary experiences.

Strategies of exhibiting art and media in the 21st century Works of art influence our perception in different ways. In exhibitions we pass the often successively lined up works of art and let ourselves be "touched" by them in different ways. But works of art are only one part of an exhibition. An exhibition is a framework, a grammar and in view of the changed visitor behaviour, the following questions arise: How can a sequence of works of art be brought into a constellation in such a way that the exhibition creates a flow that supports sentience in various ways and leads to an added value? Using the example of the various strategies used for the exhibitions The Age of Experience (Hong Kong 2015, Vienna 2016), ISEA 2016 Hong Kong and Future Memories. Utopia Dystopia Nature (Hong Kong 2021), the exhibition's various artworks, locations and narratives, the design and media of mediation can be mixed with the curator's goals to create a rich spectrum of experiences for participative visitors.


BioCarla Rapoport is an arts entrepreneur who aims to create new audiences and opportunities for artists working with technology through the two businessesshecreated, The Lumen Prize for Art and Technology, now in its 9th year, and Lumen Art Projects, which provides exhibitions,commissions and events for art venues, institutions and public bodies globally. Before moving into the arts in 2012, she worked as a financial journalist for the Financial Times, Fortune Magazine and The Economist Group located in New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong and London. An established writer, speaker and consultant on art and technology, she has spoken at numerous panels, conferences and events around the world.

Harald Kraemer (孔慧銳) is a dedicated researcher, rather unusual curator and passionate teacher with a long-standing focus on media in museums. He has a PhD in History of Art from University Trier/Moselle for his thesis on museums informatics and digitial collections and a MA in museums and curatorial studies of the Viennese Institute for Cultural Studies. Kraemer is well known for his exhibitions (ISEA2016 Hong Kong, The Age of Experience, Interval in Space, Jeffrey Shaw, Tobias Klein), his museum-related publications and books about artists (Beat Feller, Robert Lettner, George Steinmann) as well as his numerous online and offline hypermedia applications which he has produced and designed for museums and universities. In 2012 he co-founded the offspace lotsremark projects in Basel. Kraemer currently teaches museum/curatorial studies in Hong Kong in the MA programme Curating Art & Media developed for School of Creative Media at CityU in 2014. For 2021 he is preparing the exhibition Future Memories. Utopia Dystopia Nature and the publication Museums and their digital intangible Heritage.