This year, smartphone e-brand Honor, is the technology sponsor of the Central Saint Martins Degree Shows. This new partnerships sees the launch of the Honor Art Prize, which celebrates the innovative use of colour and technology in artistic practice. The 2018 inaugural prize has been awarded to MA Fine Art student Marco Pantaleoni for his series of works which incorporate 3D scanning, photography and painting.
Pantaleoni’s work explores identity and the fragility of memory. Challenging boundaries between the real and virtual; traditional and new; human and non-human, his practice examines the way technology influences perception. He uses technology and new media to render human forms and tangible objects, evoking a digital uncanny. His unique process creates a dialogue between materiality, two-dimensional and three-dimensional data.
The figurative subjects in Pantaleoni’s work are seen through the eye of technology, capturing elements often unseen by the human eye and generating fragmented results. Distortions, errors, glitches and transparencies reveal the imperfections of surface, but still allow for personal, distinguishing characteristics. The deformed, fragmented digital bodies depict the imperfections and asymmetries of superficial layers, encouraging, as Pantaleoni states, ‘the viewer to look deeper into the substance of each individual.’
The winner of the Honor Art Prize was announced at the Private View of Degree Show One: Art this evening, presented by Alex Schady, Director of the Art programme at Central Saint Martins. As technology sponsor of our Degree Shows, Honor will collaborate with Central Saint Martins on various projects, working directly with our students as they document and share their final projects. With a focus on the importance of colour and the incorporation of Honor technology, the partnership will explore the intersection between art, design and technological innovation. Watch this space for more information on upcoming collaborations.