The 9th Sergio Motta Art and Technology Awards event is being held on October 1 – 2 at Museu da Imagem e do Som de São Paulo – MIS-SP, the International Seminar “Post-digital media contemporary art – circuit and critiques”. This year’s Awards are being ccurated by Giselle Beiguelman and will involve Brazilian art critics Cauê Alves (São Paulo), Cristiana Tejo (Recife), Ivana Bentes (Rio de Janeiro), Priscila Arantes (São Paulo), Tadeu Chiarelli (São Paulo) and Tiago Mesquita (São Paulo); Brian Mackern (Uruguay), Gabriel Soucheyre (France), Jorge La Ferla (Argentina), Josephine Bosma (Holland), Manuela Naveau (Austria) and Tania Aedo (Mexico).

On October 1, starting at 11:30, Sergio Motta Institute is offering a welcome brunch for attendees. After being opened by Sergio Motta Institute’s superintendent Camila Duprat and Giselle Beiguelman,the seminar proceeds with brief presentations from guest art critics and curators and an informal round-table on issues involving art critics and the contemporary post digital media art circuit, which will be open to audience participation.

On October 2, starting at 10 am, art critics taking part in the seminar will be working in pairs, and their starting point will be a the critical reading of the portfolios of the 12 nominee artists to discuss the involvement of art and technology production in the circuit for diffusion and critiques of contemporary art . The 2011 Sergio Motta Awards are divided into two categories. Early-Career artists nominated : Alice Miceli, Claudio Bueno, Jeraman, mmnehcft &MANIFESTO21.TV, Pablo Lobato, Panetone, Ricardo Carioba and Vivian Caccuri. Mid-career:Dias & Riedweg, Lucas Bambozzi, Raquel Kogan and Zaven Paré.

During the workshop, participants will introduce the artist being analyzed for attendees critically situating their production in relation to the local and international scenario.

According to Giselle Beiguelman, the portfolios selected by the jury after its two stages- Nominations and Awards – indicates the exhaustion of using the term “art and technology” for contemporary science- and media-related artistic production. ” Some ten years ago, as Professor André Lemos says, we were discussing the dematerialization of culture, emphasizing the uploading of social practices, now we are downloading cyberspace,” the curator points out.