Meet the Winners of the Mobile and Interactive 60 Seconds Project!

Interactive

Last winter, the NFB, ARTE and IDFA launched a call for ideas out to digital creators around the world. Their mission? To create an interactive experience about mobility by exploiting the features of a smartphone. Today, we are revealing the 10 winners who will spend the next couple of months creating these experiences. But first, a word from the jury…

A word from the jury

How do we support artists who redefine what art and storytelling can be in the digital age? How do we find the best ideas for short interactive artworks created for our ever-present mobile devices? Somehow, there’s no app for that…

So recently the NFB, ARTE and IDFA locked us, a jury of nine interactive artists, producers and curators, in a room in Montreal for an entire day. Together, we considered the many submissions to the 60 Seconds #veryveryshort Competition. We were treated to projects from all over the world, and we fought passionately over some of the most amazing ideas and bizarre applications of mobile and interactive technology we’ve ever seen. Collectively, the artists who submitted their ideas displayed an impressive level of ingenuity, artistic and technical skill, especially considering the very (very) strict rules for this competition.

In the end, after being forced to kill way too many darlings, the jury agreed on a final list of ten winners that the NFB and ARTE will take into production. In addition to a fixed number of projects from France and Canada, the jury also had the pleasure of selecting projects by artists from Nigeria, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Belgium, Israel and Argentina.

Some of them will make you dance, some of them will make you laugh and, hopefully, some of them will even make you reconsider your relationship to your phone, yourself, and the physical world around you. As a jury, we can’t wait to see how these projects develop before they premiere at IDFA DocLab in Amsterdam in November—and in everyone’s mobile browser shortly thereafter.

The jury, chaired by Caspar Sonnen (IDFA), was composed of nine renowned international digital influencers: Jepchumba (Digital Africa), Ziv Shneider (New York, artist), Myriam Achard (PHI Centre), Marie Berthoumieu (ARTE), Jouke Vuurmans (the Netherlands, MediaMonks), Florent Maurin (France, artist), Julia Kaganskiy (New York, New Museum) and Hugues Sweeney (NFB).

And now, here are the winners!

Rebecca Lieberman and Julia Irwin (United States)

Rebecca Lieberman

Rebecca Lieberman is a multidisciplinary designer and artist based in New York.

Julia Irwin

Julia Irwin is a new media artist, researcher and experimental filmmaker.

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Laura Juo-Hsin Chen (Taiwan)

Laura Juo-Hsin Chen

Laura Juo-Hsin Chen, 陳若昕, is an artist, interaction designer and graphics programmer from Taipei, Taiwan.

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Ifeatu Nnaobi and Chinenye Nnaobi (Nigeria)

Ifeatu Nnaobi

Ifeatu Nnaobi is an independent artist who uses technology and digital media to challenge social inequality in Nigeria.

Chinenye Nnaobi

Chinenye Nnaobiis currently a student at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, where she is completing a master’s in Information Technology.

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Nicolas S. Roy, Rebecca West and Catherine D’Amours (Canada)

Nicolas S. Roy, Rebecca West, and Catherine D’Amours

Nicolas S. Roy is Co-Founder and Creative Director at Dpt., a digital studio specializing in immersive experiences and interactive storytelling.

Rebecca West is a copywriter specialized in the digital creative industries.

Catherine D’Amours is a graduate of the School of Design at the Université du Québec à Montréal. A multidisciplinary artist, graphic designer and art director In 2014, she became Co-founder and Artistic Director of the design studio Nouvelle Administration.

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Dries Depoorter (Belgium) et David Surprenant (Canada)

Dries Depoorter

Dries Depoorter is a media artist and a freelance digital creative who lives online in Belgium. He has a background in electronics and studied Media Arts in Ghent. Most of his work is about the Internet, privacy, online identity and surveillance.

David Surprenant

David Surprenant is passionate about technology. He likes to learn and explore the new world of internet each day.

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Sara Kolster (Netherlands) and Nirit Peled (Israel)

Sara Kolster

Sara Kolster is an independent interactive director and designer who specializes in digital storytelling. As an independent maker, she creates interactive stories with socially committed themes.

Nirit Peled

Nirit Peled is an independent documentary filmmaker and artist. She has a special interest in public space, particularly in relation to new technologies and new social and political movements.

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Bram Loogman (Netherlands) and Joaquin Wall (Argentina)

Bram Loogman is a filmmaker and software developer.

Joaquin Wall is a media artist and cinematographer.

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Lucille Cossou, Rémy Bonté-Duval (France) and Gabriel Dalmasso (Brasil)

Gabriel Dalmasso

Gabriel Dalmasso  dedicates himself to audiovisual work, particularly sound design and composition for video games, films and animations.

Lucile Cossou

Lucile Cossou completed engineering studies in signal processing, Lucile Cossou completed an internship in gesture recognition. Through this, she discovered the field of human-machine interfaces and began a thesis on tactile and tangible interfaces.

Rémy Bonté-Duval

Rémy Bonté-Duval is a graphic designer with a visual arts approach. A jack-of-all-trades, his varied practices range from illustration and silver halide photography to creative coding.

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Marc-Antoine Jacques and David Mongeau-Petitpas (Canada)

Marc-Antoine Jacques and David Mongeau-Petitpas

Marc-Antoine Jacques is the co-founder of the collaborative digital creative content developer Folkore, established in November 2012. He also illustrates for some print magazines including Infopresse, Urbania and L’actualité.

David Mongeau-Petitpas is the co-founder and developer at the collaborative digital creative content developer Folkore. He endeavors to put technology in the service of history, using unexpected combinations and possibilities not only to surprise, but also to advance the field.

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Théo Le Du Fuentes, in collaboration with Ex Nihilo (France)

Théo Le Du Fuentes

Théo Le Du Fuentes, aka Cosmografik, is a young author and creator who specializes in interactive media and video games. His collaborators work in animation, sound design, or the development of mobile sites.