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Muse, Rolls-Royce Art Programme, to announce shortlisted artists for Dream Commission on 21 October 2020

Muse, the Rolls-Royce Art Programme will announce four shortlisted artists for its inaugural flagship initiative — the Dream Commission, on 21 October 2020. The Dream Commission is a biennial prize awarded to inspire greatness and foster creativity in the media of moving-image. 

The Dream Commission’s Jury, which consists of leading figures of the international art scene, selected four emerging and mid-career artists to contend for the prestigious moving-image commission. The Jury comprises: Isaac Julien CBE RA, a leading moving-image artist; Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London; Katrina Sedgwick, Museum Director of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne; Terrie Sultan, former Museum Director of the Parrish Art Museum in New York; and Theodora Vischer, Senior Curator at Fondation Beyeler in Basel. 

Each of the four selected artists have been requested to create a short-form moving-image piece detailing their concept, for consideration by the Jury, following which, one artist will be awarded the honour of creating a full-length digital artwork in 2021.

After five years of supporting international artists in creating new works, the Rolls-Royce Art Programme relaunched in 2019 to become Muse¸ a platform with two biennial initiatives, the Dream Commission and the Spirit of Ecstasy Challenge. The work produced for the Dream Commission will investigate a particular aesthetic territory – “Dreams” – which aim to conjure an alternative sensory universe and take viewers on a journey into the world of the subconscious.

In June 2020, the Jury convened for the first time to discuss a long-list of 23 nominated artists selected by a panel of experts from the art world, comprising artists, curators and museum directors. The nominators included: Daniel Birnbaum, Director of Acute Art in London; Beijing-based artist Cao Fei; Executive Director of Rhizome in New York, Zachary Kaplan; New York & Rio de Janeiro-based Curator Pablo León de la Barra; and Director of M+ in Hong Kong, Suhanya Raffel. Each nominator proposed emerging and mid-career artists that they felt were leading the way in the field of moving-image art. 

Following an extensive process of deliberation and debate, the Jury unanimously agreed upon a shortlist of four artists, which will be announced on 21 October 2020. 

Rolls-Royce’s ambition for the Dream Commission is to establish the marque as a relevant platform for advancing the medium of moving-image. Celebrating the latest innovations in the field of moving-image art, Dream Commission works can be from any medium within that category including experimental film, video, animation, immersive and participatory installations, and content presented in non-screen formats, such as augmented and virtual reality.

As the two-year process concludes, the cycle will begin again, yielding a group of landmark works of moving-image art. 

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