86 young artists who are currently studying at art schools or universities around the world have submitted entries to the contest, ranging from sculptures, paintings to video art. An exhibition of a selection of the works is being planned at the Sony Centre am Potsdamer Platz following the art contest.
September art contest of 86 young artists from 26 countries in Berlin
Berlin - Sony Europe announced its sponsorship of the ''Sony's Heart'' art contest in Berlin during September. 86 young artists who are currently studying at art schools or universities around the world have submitted entries to the contest, ranging from sculptures, paintings to video art.
''At Sony, we find ourselves at the heart of a rejuvenated city, which itself is rapidly becoming a new centre of Europe and we're all on the edge of a new millennium,'' explained Aldo Liguori, Director Corporate Communications at Sony Europe. ''Sony's Heart Awards reflect the strong and very human creative opportunities that we are currently faced with. They are a celebration of youthful creativity around the world and bring together fantastic examples of artistic talent from many different cultures.''
An exhibition of a selection of the works is being planned at the Sony Centre am Potsdamer Platz following the art contest. Details regarding this exhibition will be announced at a later stage. In addition to sponsoring this competition, Sony Europe has announced a donation of DM 500,000 worth of consumer electronics equipment to kindergartens, schools, residential homes and other organisations in the Berlin area to mark its recent establishment in the city.
''Through the exhibition, we hope that the people of Berlin will continue to visit our new centre and share this celebration of the creative potential of these young artists,'' explained Liguori.
The Sony's Heart Awards' patron is Okwui Enwezor, director of the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. The jury consists of Norio Ohga, Chairman of the Board, Sony Corporation, Helmut Jahn, architect of the Sony Centre am Potsdamer Platz and eight leading figures from the art world. The jury will sit at the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin on 12 -13 September, after which the winners of this year's awards will be announced.
Sony manufactures audio, video, communications and information technology products for the global consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, game and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to become a leading broadband network company in the 21st century. In Europe, Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of close to EUR 14.42 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000. Sony Europe, headquartered at the Sony Centre am Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, is responsible for the company's European electronics business and registered consolidated sales of close to EUR 8.50 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000.
- Okwui Enwezor Curator of the Documenta in 2002 and director of the Chicago Museum of Art
- Paolo Colombo, Director Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva
- Helmut Jahn, Architect
- Helena Kontova, Curator and editor, lives and works in Milan and New York
- Hans Ulrich Obrist, Curator of the Museum in Progress, Vienna. Founder of
migratory Museum Robert Walser (1993) and of the Nano Museum (1996) - Norio Ohga, Chairman of the Board, Sony Corporation
- Alma Ruiz, Assistant Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A.
- Norio Sugano, CEO/President of two high-tech companies in S. Valley, California. Art collector
- Harald Szeemann, born in Bern, Director for Visual Arts, Biennale de Venezia
- Vicente Todoli, Director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Oporto, Portugal
- Peter Weibel, Director of ZKM (Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie), Karlsruhe
The participating schools
- Akademie der bildenden Kunste, Vienna, Austria
- Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, Czech
- The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, K. Denmark
- Royal College of Art, London, England
- Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland
- Ecole Nationale Supe'rieure des Beaux Arts, Paris, France
- Ecole National d'Art, Villa Arson, Nice, France
- Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, Tbilisi, Georgia
- Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin, Germany
- Staatliche Hochschule fur Gestaltung, Karlsruhe, Germany
- Athens School of Fine Art, Athens, Greece
- School of Fine Arts, Thessaloniki, Greece
- Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary
- Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan, Italy
- Vilnius Academy of Arts, Vilnius, Lithuania
- Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
- Facultad de Bellas Artes, Cueno, Spain
- Hochschule fur Gestaltung und Kunst, Zurich, Switzerland
- China Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China
- M.S. University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda Gujarat State, India
- ITB Institute of Technology Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia
- Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan
- Tama Art University Tama Bijutsu Dalgaku, Tokyo, Japan
- Silpakorn University, Graphic Arts Department, Bangkok, Thailand
- University of British Columbia Dep. of Fine Arts, Vancouver, Canada
- Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, USA
- The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
- UCLA Department of Art, Los Angeles, USA
- Escuela de Artes Universidad National, Cordoba, Argentina
- Departamento de Multimeios Instituto de Artes-UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil
- Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado, Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Faculte de Arte, Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile
- Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, South Africa
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