The Witteveen+Bos Art+Technology Award was set up in 2001 to mark the firm's 55th anniversary. The award goes to a visual artist whose work unites the disciplines of art and technology in an exceptional manner and for whom engineering is far more than a means to an end. In 2012, the independent jury has chosen to recommend Belgian artist Angelo Vermeulen for the prize. Witteveen+Bos was proud to agree with this nomination.
The award enables Witteveen+Bos to express its special appreciation of creativity, an attribute that figures prominently in the work of engineers and artists alike and is a precondition for driving innovation. The award consists of a cash prize of €15,000, publication of a book dedicated to the winner and an exhibition of his/her work in the Bergkerk church in Deventer. An independent jury picks the winner and the award ceremony takes place annually in Deventer in November.
Angelo Vermeulen winner of Art+Technology Award 2012
Angelo Vermeulen (1971, Belgium) is an artist, biologist, space travel researcher, filmmaker, writer, lecturer and TED Fellow. He earned a PhD in biology in 1998 with a dissertation on biomonitoring of environmental pollution. After graduation he decided to pursue his fascination with art. Vermeulen works at the intersections of art, technology and biology, often introducing the principle of co-creation in his works. His Biomodd project series is characteristic: in locations ranging from New York to the Philippines, he builds symbiotic cross-cultural installations that bring together ecology, technology, digital culture and community-building.
At the Delft University of Technology, Angelo Vermeulen is currently working on a new dissertation on spacetravel and participatory systems. In 2013, he will spend four months living with five other crew members in a special habitat in Hawaii. Researchers will primarily study food requirements for human long-term residence on other planets.
Appreciation of art
The Witteveen+Bos Art+Technology Award is part of a wider framework of appreciation of the arts. Within our firm a great deal of interest exists in art. Every five years we commission a small batch of a piece of art intended for our employees and business relations. A monumental statue called ‘Dialogue’ made by Jan Snoeck was put up in 2002 in front of our office on Leeuwenbrug in Deventer. We also sponsor the Deventer book market and the Deventer Theatre.
To find out more about the Witteveen+Bos Art+Technology Award, phone our Communication department on +31 (0)570 69 79 11 or send an e-mail to email@example.com