Lumen Prize in Artificial Intelligence


Degenerative Cultures is the winner of the 2018 Lumen Prize BCS Award in Artificial Intelligence. The Jury Panel was composed by Foteini Aravani (Digital curator at the Museum of London), Louise Lawson (Conservation Manager, Time-Based Media, Tate), Irini Papadimitriou (Digital programmes manager, V&A Museum, London, and head of new media arts, Watermans, London), Fei Jun (Head of media lab at China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts).

Quotes from Lumen Prize jury on Degenerative Cultures:

“The world began with microbes and may end with them. But they won’t be alone. I was fortunate enough to see this work in person recently. It addresses a critical area in AI and the Anthropocene. If we create machines to augment intelligence or perhaps replace it how will it collaborate with microbial and other metamorphic systems?”

“The relationship created between bio and tech, through the physical destruction and digital corruption of a historical anthropogenic text is really quite resonant.”

“One of the most interesting submissions this year. A great way of bringing together different disciplines and well executed.”

“Coming at the borders between disciplines, this is a witty discourse on modern disciplines with huge satirical potential.”

Cesar Baio, Jeremy Speed Schwartz and Lucy HG Solomon receiving the Lumen Prize in London