Tate announces winner of IK Prize 2016 for digital innovation: ‘RECOGNITION’ by Fabrica

Portrait of Tate Presents sitting on a bench
Angelo Semeraro, Coralie Gourguechon and Monica Lanaro

We’re delighted to announce the winner of IK Prize 2016, an annual award that celebrates digital creativity in all its forms. This year we challenged digital creatives to use a form of artificial intelligence to explore, investigate or ‘understand’ British art in the Tate collection.  

Fabrica’s winning idea,  RECOGNITION,  is an A.I. project that will uncover the hidden links between current events and art from the Tate collection. Imagine an intelligent machine searching the never-ending stream of news images on the internet, learning to analyse thousands of photographs in terms of composition, style and content. What if this image-hungry ‘brain’ could learn to understand great artworks too? Would it find interesting links between the art from our past and today’s photojournalism?

RECOGNITION will use powerful algorithms and machine learning to search through Tate’s vast digital collection and archive. Its mission is to unearth hidden relationships between how the world has been represented in image form, in the past and present. Anyone will be able to watch the machine at work as it produces a stream of curated images online as a virtual exhibition. RECOGNITION encourages us to look afresh at the art of the past through the lens of our world today.

Online and at Tate Britain from late summer 2016.

About Fabrica

Fabrica is a communication research centre based in Treviso, Italy, part of the Benetton Group. Established in 1994, Fabrica offers to young researchers from around the world a one-year scholarship within disciplines such as design, visual communication, photography, interaction, video, music and journalism. The Fabrica team receive a £15,000 prize and £90,000 production budget to turn their idea into reality in collaboration with Tate and Microsoft.

Visit the IK Prize 2016 page to find out more about the 2016 shortlist. 

About the IK Prize 

Now in its third year, the IK Prize celebrates digital creativity in all its forms. Awarded annually for an idea that proposes an innovative application of digital technology, the winning project will enable the public to experience art on display at Tate Britain, online and on-mobile in exciting new ways. 

The IK Prize (2014 and 2015) was initiated by the support of The Porter Foundation

Project Information

Project team: 
Tate Media