The second edition of the Sonae Media Art Award took place in 2017. Five artists, André Martins, André Sier, Nuno Lacerda, Rodrigo Gomes and Sofia Caetano, were chosen by a selection panel, made up of Teresa Cruz (researcher, specialist in Media and Contemporary Art Theory and university lecturer), António Sousa Dias (composer, researcher in the fields of multimedia and installation, and university lecturer) and Adelaide Ginga (curator and art historian), who assessed 147 applications based on the analysis of previous works created by the applicants, favouring not just the interdisciplinary dynamics shown in their artistic careers, but also the conceptual quality, innovation of the project and understanding of the concept of media art.
The awarding panel, made up of Filipa Oliveira (curator and current director of the Fórum Eugénio de Almeida in Évora), Nuno Crespo (university lecturer and researcher in the areas of aesthetics, theory and criticism of art, architecture and philosophy) and Rasmus Vestergaard (director and chief curator of DIAS –Digital Interactive Art Space, the first Danish kunsthalle with a specific focus on media art and digital art) unanimously selected artist Rodrigo Gomes as the winner of the second edition with his work Estivador de Imagens (Docker of Images).
The first edition of the SONAE MEDIA ART AWARD took place in 2015. The five finalists were chosen among the 128 accepted submissions, from a total of 174 received. Diogo Evangelista, Patrícia Portela, Rui Penha and Tatiana Macedo, as well as the Musa paradisíaca collaboration of Miguel Ferrão with Eduardo Guerra, were the artists chosen by the selection panel composed by Emília Machado (curator of MNAC), Natxo Checa (curator and film producer at the ZDB gallery, Lisbon) and Sandra Vieira Jurgens (art critic, historian and editor).
The five finalist artists presented a group of original works which showcased the complexity of the artistic languages involved in the concept of media art. The projects developed allowed to question the perceptive limits of art, in which concepts such as interactivity and the performative and immersive aspect are emphasised in the creation of a dialogue with the spectator.
The awarding panel was composed by João Silvério (curator of contemporary art), Lori Zippay (executive director of Electronic Arts Intermix, in New York) and Marco Martins (filmmaker).