Art and Innovation | The S+T+ARTS Prize announces its 2023 winners

The S+T+ARTS Prize – the Grand Prize of the European Commission – supports artists whose work promotes innovation in the fields of technology, industry, and society. The 2023 edition rewarded Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg from the UK and Richard Mosse from Ireland.

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg's project, the Pollinator Pathmaker (2021-ongoing), won her the Grand Prize - Artistic Exploration. The project unfolds as a living sculpture made up of plants. The artist has collaborated with "horticulturalists, pollinator experts, and a computer scientist to devise an algorithmic tool that designs planting for pollinators' tastes, not human taste". The project has already been implemented in London's Kensington Gardens, following a Serpentine commission. This summer, a new edition of Pollinator Pathmaker will be presented at the Light Art Space in Berlin. The artist's work was exhibited this year at the Toledo Museum of Art and the Vitra Design Museum. 


Pollinator Pathmaker, Serpentine Edition, 2022. Courtesy the artist | The Pollinator Pathmaker online tool. © Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg.



Richard Mosse, an artist represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, received the Grand Prize – Innovative Collaboration for his work Broken Spectre (2022). This immersive and dreamlike film presents a disturbing depiction of the Amazon rainforest, victim of ecocide. For this project, the artist relies on scientific imagery to shed light on this issue, exploring it through scientific, cultural, historical, socio-political, militant, and anthropological perspectives. 


Richard Mosse, Broken Spectre, 2022, installation view at at NGV International, St Kilda Road, Melbourne. Courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman and Carlier Gebauer.



In recognition of their work, both artists have been honoured with a €20,000 prize (equivalent to approximately £17,000). Their projects will be showcased at the Ars Electronica Festival in September, as well as at a series of events proposed by partner institutions such as BOZAR, Waag Futurelab, INOVA+, T6 Ecosystems, La French Tech Grande Provence, and the Frankfurt Bookfair. 



Cover image: Richard Mosse, still from Broken Spectre, Roraima, Multispectral GIS aerial, 2022. Courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman and Carlier Gebauer / Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Pollinator Pathmaker DIY Edition Roche School. © Roche


Henri Robert