Unfortunately the Walter-Fink-Award had to be re-structured and will be known from now on as "Giga-Hertz-Award for Dance and Media". From this year on the prize will no longer be funded by the patron Walter Fink, but exclusively by the
ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics.
However the basic conditions of the prize have not changed:
The prize money of 10.000€ is still connected to the production of a new piece at ZKM | Center for Art and Media.
Innovations in composition often arise out of the combination of sound gesture and physical movements. Dance and contemporary music are examples for this since Igor Strawinskys „Le sacre du printemps“ or John Cages works for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. But how can the relation between dance and contemporary music be defined seeing interactive media in our 21st century?
The patron Walter Fink tries to find answers to this question by founding the „Walter-Fink-Award of the ZKM for Dance, Electronacoustic Music and Media“ for the Institute for Music and Acoustics of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media. Electronic and electroacoustic music, new media and dance/body shall go into a symbiosis and bring together creature movements with advanced sound processing and performance techniques. Within this adjustment, the human body shall be the creative element, which, through the choreography, controls and creates the art in the moment of the performance.The award has been advertised internationally in 2009 for the first time. The prize with a sum of 10.000 EUR goes similarly to the group of artists, including composer, choreographer, media artists and represents the basis for a new yet to be realised project.