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METAmorphosis: here’s the winner of the 5th edition of the OGR Award

9 March 2023 Journal News

Rebeca Romero is the winner of fifth edition of the OGR Award, organised by Artissima and Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT in dialogue with the special project METAmorphosis, the second chapter of Beyond Production

Rebeca Romero represented by Copperfield gallery based in London is the winner of the OGR Award 2023 with the project Semilla SAGRADA. Organised by Artissima and Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, the OGR Award has been created to identify an artist who effectively conveys the complex, sophisticated relationship between art, technology and innovation, with a particular focus on digital.

This year, the prize was awarded by an international jury composed of Amira Gad, curator and writer, Rotterdam, Lars Henrik Gass, director, Festival Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Samuele Piazza, senior curator, OGR Torino, and Domenico Quaranta, art critic, curator and lecturer specialised in media art, Milano.

The jury expressed the following statement:
“We decided unanimously to award Rebeca Romero, represented by Copperfield gallery based in London, for her project Semilla SAGRADA. As is exemplified by her artistic practice whereby she adopts an archaeological approach, the project excavates ancient histories into a future civilization, evoking the complex relationships between the real and the virtual, the digital and the material, heritage and symbolism. The jury appreciates the analogue angle of using materials such as textiles in her engagement with the metaverse as well as the links drawn between shamanism and the digital. Additionally, with this prize, the jury supports a project that addresses the metaverse as a shared place that can be actively and collectively designed, contributing alternative, non-Western histories and imaginations to its development.”

OGR Award in dialogue with METAmorphosis

In this edition, the Award has been in dialogue with METAmorphosis, the second initiative of the Beyond Production platform, in which Artissima and Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT reflect annually on the most innovative trends in contemporary art. The 2022 edition is focused on the complex phenomenon of the Metaverse and was divided into four phases.

Four artists were shortlisted for the OGR Award during Artissima 2022: Marcos Lutyens – Alberta Pane, Paris and Venezia; Eva & Franco Mattes – Apalazzogallery, Brescia; Rebeca Romero – Copperfield, London; R M – Martina Simeti, Milano.

Artists and their galleries were subsequently involved in a training cycle that enabled them to explore the potential and limits of the metaverse under the guidance of technical partners Artshell, LCA Studio Legale and Revibe – Metaverse Experience Factory – specialists in digital technologies, legal issues connected with NFTs and the computer 3D graphics inside the metaverse respectively.

The four artists then created a physical artwork and a digital alter ego of the work in the Metaverse, supported by Ilaria Bonacossa, director of the Museo Nazionale dell’Arte Digitale in Milano, with budget provided by Fondazione per l’Arte Contemporanea CRT. The projects are hosted online on a digital platform by Artshell.

Finally, the jury determined the winner of the Award, bestowing it on Rebeca Romero. The artwork Semilla SAGRADA will be mounted in the Metaverse and will be unveiled to the public on 17 May 2023, in a dedicated event at OGR Torino. The winning works will be acquired into the Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT collection and will go on display at OGR Torino.

Upcoming events and presentation of the winning work

Before the closing event on 17 May 2023, Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT will organise two talks on the occasion of METAmorphosis that will be open to the public.

29 March 2023
Metaversando… Prospettive e percorsi nei metaversi dell’arte
6 pm – Duomo, OGR Torino
Speakers: Luisa Ausenda, curator and digital art specialist, Milano and Marco Mancuso, critic, curator, lecturer and founder of the Digicult project, Milano.
Moderator: Ilaria Bonacossa, director of Museo Nazionale dell’Arte Digitale, Milano.
* The event precedes the 8 pm opening of the group exhibition Perfect Behaviors, curated by Giorgio Olivero, hosted at Binari 1 and 2 of the OGR Torino from 29 March to 25 June 2023.
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26 April 2023
Sviluppi METAmorfici. Come si trasformeranno l’arte, la produzione creativa?
6.30 pm – Duomo, OGR Torino
Speakers: Elisabetta Rotolo, business strategist, CEO and founder of MIAT Multiverse Institute For Arts and Technology, Milano and Valentino Catricalà, scholar, curator, contemporary art critic and artistic director of Media Art Festival at Museo MAXXI, Roma.
Moderator: Ilaria Bonacossa, director of Museo Nazionale dell’Arte Digitale, Milano.
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17 May 2023
METAmorphosis presents OGR Award
6.30 pm – Duomo, OGR Torino
Public presentation of the physical and virtual work Semilla SAGRADA by Rebeca Romero. The physical work will be displayed at the Duomo of OGR Torino and the digital one will be in a 3D version of the Duomo hosted on the Spatial platform on the Metaverse, coordinated by Revibe – Metaverse Experience Factory.

OGR Award winners over the years

Previous OGR Award winning artists include Rokni Haerizadeh (Isabelle van den Eynde gallery, Dubai) in 2017, Tomás Saraceno (Pinksummer gallery, Genova) in 2018, Yuri Ancarani (Isabella Bortolozzi gallery, Berlin) in 2019 and Damon Zucconi (VEDA gallery, Firenze) in 2021.

Bio Rebeca Romero

Rebeca Romero is an interdisciplinary artist born in Peru and based in London. She received an MFA in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths University of London (2020). Her work has been exhibited internationally with exhibitions including Oracles and Algorithms, Copperfield London, UK (2022), and so on, Das Weisse Haus, Austria (2022), Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Firstsite Colchester & South London Gallery, UK (2021), The Obsolete in Reverse, Springseason Gallery, UK (2020) and London Grads Now, Saatchi Gallery, UK (2020), Her text/sound work has been featured in platforms like New Writing with New Contemporaries, South London Gallery, UK (2022) and Future Artefacts, RTM.FM (2021).

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