Nominate the latest breakthroughs in Art and Science for the Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year 2021

We welcome nominations for/from artists whose work is inspired and influenced by science across a wide range of subjects (from the humanities to life sciences, technology and more), which sheds light on societal issues, natural phenomena or simply the wonder of scientific discoveries, and which highlights the unique relationship between these apparently opposite but often highly complementary disciplines.

Past Finalists

Past jury

Counting more than 100 jurors across 10 categories, each breakthrough is determined by a distinguished world-class Jury under the leadership of renowned experts in their respective fields. We are delighted that Helga Nowotny, Professor Emerita of the European Research Council, serves as the Chair of the Juries, presiding over the selection process at large.

The Falling Walls Breakthrough of the Year 2020 in Art and Science was selected by a distinguished Jury chaired by Horst Bredekamp.

Additional information for this category

Selection Criteria

  • International contemporary artists, collectives and projects that reflect, present, convey or process current phenomena, developments and discoveries in all scientific disciplines, or which present them in artistic forms
  • Artists and works that address global social challenges via scientific references, methods or practices
  • Artists and works that set new standards in the intersection of art and science and stand out artistically as well as methodologically

Selection Process

STEP 1 NOMINATION

Please submit a short nomination (approx. 500 characters and contact information) via our website by 15 June 2021. The Nominee will be contacted directly and asked to submit further details within two weeks.

STEP 2 FINALISTS

If your Nominee is selected, they will then become a Falling Walls Finalist. All Finalists will be officially announced on our website.

STEP 3 WINNERS

Our distinguished jury for Art and Science, chaired by Horst Bredekamp, will select 10 Winners. Each Winner will have the opportunity to feature their winning project in a short video in our content library. A detailed briefing will be provided for this purpose.

STEP 4  THE SCIENCE BREAKTHROUGHS OF THE YEAR

The respective juries will select the Science Breakthroughs of the Year from the Winners of each category. On 9 November, the Breakthroughs of the Year will receive the opportunity to present their work to a global audience on the grand Falling Walls stage in Berlin.

Discover the Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year 2020 in Art and Science:

ALEXANDRA DAISY GINSBERG – STUDIO ALEXANDRA DAISY GINSBERG, LONDON

Breaking the Wall to Machine Auguries
Humankind has forced those species that did not extinct to change its behaviour. Birds for example change the time and tone of their songs. The London-based artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg created new bird voices to help us understand our negative impact on nature. In dialogue with scientists and experts, she uses emerging technologies such as Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) to create deep fakes that challenge our perception of nature.

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