The Director just returned from being a juror at the VIDA international art & artificial life competition. He felt that it was gratifying to give away money to artists that he hadn’t earned himself. Telefonica, which did make the money, is upping the prizes to 20k euros each next year, for both completed works and project development. More information on the prizes can be found at www.vidalife.org.
Pictured is Swamp 1.1 by Douglas Easterly, one of the prize winners. It’s a plant that represents a contract with Home Depot, being watered proportionally according to the success of their stock prices.