Neon Prize

What is the Neon Prize?

The Neon Prize is a partnership project of Signal Festival and Pražská plynárenská. It aims to support and promote emerging artists focused on digital technology, animation, motion design, and 3D animation. You will be able to get a closer look at the winning work of the third edition at this year’s Signal Festival.

What does the jury look like?

This year’s jury included Pavel Mrkus, chief curator of Signal Festival, Pavla Sceranková, artist and teacher at AVU, Ondřej Horák, artistic board member of Signal Festival, and Daniel Burda, program coordinator of Signal Festival. Their task will be to select one of the outstanding projects from a wide range of formats to be presented to the visitors of the 11th Signal Festival.

What will happen to the winner’s work?

The awarded work will also become part of the art collection of Pražská plynárenská, whose portfolio includes works by respected Czech artists such as Toyen, Jindřich Štýrský, Adolf Hoffmeister, Jiří Kolář and Běla Kolářová.

Winners of past years

Julie Dítětová, a graduate of the Design and Digital Technology studio at UMPRUM in Prague, was impressed with her diploma thesis Programming Patterns, which offers a visually captivating database of machine-generated patterns of ecclesiastical fabrics from the 18th century. For her work, she won the Czech Grand Design award in the category of Graphic Designer of the Year.

Vítězslav Plavec & Jakub Zeman from the Faculty of Architecture and Art, Technical University of Liberec, won last year’s edition with their installation Simulacra. The artwork consisted of square formats of lenticular lenses, which sat in a rectangular assembly of metal frames. It was the lenses that created the distortion of the images, and due to the refraction of light, the visitor could only see a certain part of the images from each angle.

Pražská plynárenská

The company is one of the leading energy suppliers, supplying gas and electricity to more than 425,000 customers. Its history is inextricably linked to Prague, contributing to the sustainable development of our metropolis and to its diverse social and cultural life. It supports the Czech art scene, operates the Smečky Gallery exhibition space, manages the largest collection of Czech collage, and supports contemporary Czech artists. That is why it has decided to award the Neon Prize for the third time.