Claire Perry, from Babelgum Metropolis, an online TV channel dedicated to “art, urban culture and trends,” just sent an email announcing that they’re looking for “the globe’s best and edgiest artists” for a big art show in Times Square. Winners of the 2009 Metropolis Art Prize, chosen by arthouse fave Isabella Rossellini (have you seen her sex-ed videos at IFC? Or was it the Film Forum?) and Cedar Lewisohn, curator of the 2008 Street Art exhibition at the Tate Modern in London, will have their work shown on giant advertising screens in Times Square. The prize is open to artists working in any visual medium, but entries must be submitted on video. Babelgum’s Metropolis channel “explores the city and the urban environment in all its gritty, strange and wonderful permutations,” and is looking for art that reflects this spirit. “We want to be inspired, challenged, excited, awed, moved, intrigued and weirded-out.”
The entry period is from September 1 to October 18, 2009.
Grand Prize: The winner will receive a cash prize ofUS $20,000, a dedicated artist channel on Babelgum’s Metropolis channel, and his/her video will be screened in Times Square.
Best Street Art Video Award: The winner will receive a cash prize of US $ 5,000 and her/his video will be screened in Times Square.
Audience Award: The winner will receive a cash prize of US $ 5,000 and his/her video will be screened in Times Square. The Audience Award will be awarded to the video that has received the most votes during the voting period (Oct 1 to Oct 31, 2009).
Times Square Special Screening Award: Six runners-up (two from each prize category) will also have their videos screened in Times Square.