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IK Prize

The IK Prize is presented annually by Tate for an idea that uses digital technology to innovate the way we discover, explore and enjoy British art in the Tate collection

Installation shot of Recognition AI display at Tate Britain, showing a woman looking a projected screen

Awarded to an individual, team or company for project proposal in response to an annually changing brief - following an ideas shortlisting and proposal scoping process - the winners receive a production budget to realise the project online and at Tate Britain.

Details of future competitions are yet to be confirmed; check back on this page for announcements.

IK Prize 2016

The 2016 IK Prize, in partnership with Microsoft, challenged digital creatives to use a form of artificial intelligence to allow the public to explore, investigate or ‘understand’ British art in the Tate collection in new ways. An expert panel of judges selected a shortlisted four ideas in response to a brief on artificial intelligence. They included a proposal to give artworks the power to daydream, an intelligent machine comparing artworks with the never-ending stream of images from across the internet, an A.I. artist-in-residence learning to create art, and an experiment to see if a machine can learn to describe artworks as well as humans.

The Jury

Paul Bennun
Co-owner and Chief Creative Officer of Somethin' Else, a content design and creation company based in London

Alex Farquharson
Director of Tate Britain

Eric Horvitz
Computer Scientist and managing director of the Microsoft Research lab at Redmond

Marguerite Humeau
An artist with work in MoMA's permanent collection

Aleks Krotoski
Broadcaster for the BBC and Channel 4, with fellowships at Oxford and LSE

The Shortlist

The Winner

  • Tate Britain
    Exhibition

    IK Prize 2016: Recognition

    2 Sep – 27 Nov 2016

    Can a machine make us look afresh at great art through the lens of today’s world?

IK Prize 2015

An expert jury shortlisted four ideas, ranging from using 3D printing technology to enable replicas of sculptures to exhibited in the street, to immersive audio experiences at locations around the country that inspired artworks, to an installation of sensory stimulants which will allow users to smell, touch, taste and hear works of art, as well as a mobile app that uses complex algorithms to match snapshots with artworks.

The Jury

Mat Collishaw
A leading British artist with work in Tate's Collection

Justin Cooke
Founder and CEO of Tunepics, the world's first multi-sensory social network

Chris Milk
Artist who has shown work at Tate and music video director for Kanye West, U2, Courtney Love and others

Kerstin Mogull
Managing Director of Tate

The Shortlist

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My Tate Mate by Five10Twelve

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Tate Sensorium by Flying Object

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Tate Here by Wieden + Kennedy

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Digital Re-Sculpt by Artzoom

The Winner

  • Tate Britain
    Exhibition

    IK Prize 2015: Tate Sensorium

    26 Aug – 4 Oct 2015

    Stimulate your sense of taste, touch, smell and hearing in this immersive art experience

IK Prize 2014

The jury shortlisted four ideas, ranging from robots roaming the galleries, to an interactive video, stories told via social media, and an art experience in the online world of Minecraft. Alongside the six jurors, we invited the public to cast the seventh vote.

The Jury

Jemima Kiss
Head of technology and editorial at the Guardian

Mark Leckey
An multi-media artist and 2008 winnder of the Turner Prize

Marc Sands
Director of Audiences and Media at Tate

Tom Uglow
Founder of Google's Creative Lab in Europe, working accross a number of experimental projects

Jimmy Wales
Founder of Wikipedia.org, the online encyclopedia

The Shortlist

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After Dark by The Workers (Tommaso Lanza, Ross Cairns and David Di Duca)

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Tatecraft by Adam Clarke, thecommonpeople.tv

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Tate Text by Storythings (Matt Locke and Kim Plowright)

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Through the Eyes of an Eight-Year-Old by Evan Boehm with Nexus Productions

The Winner

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