25 November 2019

An interactive installation called ‘Lichtsuchende’ - Cybernetic Sunflowers with Maslovian Behaviours - has won the 2019 Lumen Prize - BCS AI Award. The Lumen prize celebrates the very best in international digital art - created with technology - and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT sponsors the award for Artificial Intelligence.

Created by Dave Murray-Rust and Rocio von Jungefeld - Lichtsuchende is an interactive installation, built using a society of biologically inspired, robotic creatures who exchange light as a source of energy and as a means of communication. The robotic creatures are reminiscent of sunflowers, turning their heads to face the sun in order to absorb its light. However, at the same time they also generate light in order to engage with others. Each creature is relatively small, but when a group of Lichtsuchende are brought together in an installation they form an expanding photo-kinetic social environment in which visitors can become immersed.

Brian Runciman, Head of Content and Insight, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT said: “Congratulations to Dave Murray-Rust and Rocio von Jungefeld who are worthy recipients of the award for their outstanding work. The BCS Al Award for Digital Art has been designed - in association with the Lumen Prize - to give recognition to artists who have used some form of artificial intelligence in the production of a piece of art. This year’s winners have used technology with extraordinary creativity. Their work stood out as exceptional and inspiring, and they should be very proud of their success.” 

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