What is the relationship between art and economy? How does the art dealer, the art collector, the commissioner, the creative community, or even society as a whole assign value to a given work of art? The last few years have seen countless art market scandals, from da Vinci's Salvator Mundi to Banksy's self-destructing painting to Cattelan's Comedian. But how does the emerging world of both autonomous and applied art markets change as we move towards a more digital future?
The development of artificial intelligence programmes since the 1950s made it possible for art to be created not only by humans, but by machines too. Can we accept this kind of artificial image-generation as an invisible prosthesis – a digital extension of our mind, our eyes, our hands – and can we create with its help?
What value do we attribute to man-made works, what to those generated by machines, and what to those in which the artist and the machine play an equal part? Think of the Obvious group's AI-generated work Edmond de Belamy, which sold for $432,500 in 2018; or Beeple's NFT (Everydays: The First 5000 Days), which sold for $69 million and had a big resonance in 2021 in terms of sales of digital art.
In what direction is the perception of traditional art forms changing? How are status symbols or mass art and mass culture being transformed? What role does the art market play in these changes? How do these developments impact different sections of society and society as a whole, and the role and livelihood of artists?
The Publicritic Competition is open to anyone over the age of 18, regardless of nationality, who is willing to engage in critical expression.
The keyword for the works to be submitted is Art & Money.
Works entered or previously exhibited in other competitions are not eligible.
Works created before 2022 are not eligible.
Applications must be submitted individually, the organisers do not accept group projects.
There is no fee to enter the competition. To enter the competition, click on the SUBMIT A CRITIQUE button, fill in the application form and attach your artwork.
Each applicant may submit 6 works in total: a maximum of 3 works in the poster category and a maximum of 3 works in the GIF category.
Aspect ratio: 5:3
PDF format, 300 DPI resolution, RGB file
The size of digital files must not exceed 100 MB.
Filename: family name_work title
Please place each poster you wish to submit in the template that can be downloaded HERE
Vector-based works are recommended, given that the selected works will be displayed as billboards on the streets of Oradea, if possible.
Enter the animated GIF competition on the theme of ART & MONEY
To enter the competition, click on the SUBMIT A CRITIQUE button found on the home page. This opens a Google Forms interface, where you can enter your personal details, then upload the works you want to submit and enter the details in the fields provided. If your entry is successful, you will receive a confirmation message and an email.
Submissions must be 5x3 scale, 300 DPI resolution, PDF extension, RGB file. Digital files must not exceed 100 MB in size. All posters must be inserted in the template you can download HERE.
Aspect Ratio: 5:3
Pixel dimensions: 1200 x 720 px
Maximum file size: 10 MB
Total number of frames (recommended) : 2-100
File extension: GIF
For GIFs, it is mandatory to include a high-quality cover image with each work, so that they can be printed as posters and in the catalogue.
The covers must be 5x3 scale, 300 DPI resolution, PDF extension, RGB file. Digital files must not exceed 100 MB in size. All posters must be inserted in the template you can download HERE.
We recommend Vector-based entries, given that the selected entries will be displayed as billboards on the streets of Oradea.
The award ceremony will be organised in Oradea, during the Saint Ladislaus Days at the end of June. More information will be posted on our website and social media pages.