As I mentioned back when the submission process began, Babelgum launched a video art competition this year called the Metropolis Art Prize, with top prizes ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. Today the winners were announced, and this evening from 7-8pm all three will have their works introduced by the competition chair, pop culture treasure and avid horticulturalist Isabella Rossellini in Times Square, and then shown on three of the nearby giant screens (Fox News Corp at 43rd St and Broadway), MTV at Broadway between 46th and 47th Sts, and Clear Channel/CNN at 47th St and 7th Ave).
The inaugural grand prize went to Christopher Coleman for The Magnitude of the Continental Divides, with Jacopo Ceccarelli (aka 2501) taking the street art prize for his hyper-politicized public art takeover Mask (embedded after the jump) and Improv Everywhere winning the audience award for their Subway Yearbook Photos stunt. Rossellini will also present a new short film, Send Me to the ‘Lectric Chair, which she made in collaboration with Guy Maddin.
Mask by 2501