The Billboard Art Competition 2018 “Who governs our lives: we ourselves, other people or algorithms?” settled!

562 artists from 76 countries entered the contest “Who governs our lives: we ourselves, other people or algorithms?”. We received 1024 artworks from Russia, USA, Taiwan, China, Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Great Britain, Iran and many others! The festival starts on 7th of September.

The jury panel composed of artists and curators, including:

Christine Wong Yap / artist / New York, USA

Adam Niklewicz / artist / North Haven, Connecticut, USA

Małgorzata Augustyniak / art historian, vice-president AMS SA / Warsaw, Poland

Joanna Górska / artist, curator, Art Moves Festival art director/ Toruń, Poland

selected 10 most interesting projects which will be exhibited on billboards during the Art Moves Festival 2018.


Here is the list of honoured artists:

Ying Hsiu, Chen and Hsiang Ying, Chen (Taiwan)

Felipe Jácome (Ecuador)

Łukasz Mesjasz (Poland)

Serra Unal (Italy)

Katarzyna Łyszkowska (Poland)

Mabi Lusala (Czech Republic)

Oksana Fedun (Ukraine)

Cristian Brinza (Moldavia)

Adam Bejnarowicz (Poland)

Erick Ginard and Katherine R. Paz (Mexico)


The jury decided to confer the main award of 5000 PLN to Ying Hsiu, Chen i Hsiang Ying, Chen from Taiwan.

The festival starts on 7th of September 2018.

Congratulation for the winner and the authors of singled out works! Obviously, there have been many more examples worthy of display! We would like to say „Thank you” all artists who submitted their works and invite them for checking up for next year’s topic.


Billboard Art Competition Art Moves 2018

Check up for this year’s topic! Who governs our lives: we ourselves, other people or algorithms?

There is no entry fee. The Competition is open and all artists interested in billboard art are invited to take part. The works should be submitted by the 22 July 2018, 0:00 CET via electronic mail to the address: artmoves(at)

10 most interesting works will be displayed on billboards in the city space during the Art Moves Festival in September / October 2018 in Torun, Poland. The author of the most interesting work will receive the Main Award in the amount of PLN 5.000 (about EUR 1 165, USD 1 370).

Artists are invited to prepare an artwork in response to this year’s competition theme Who governs our lives: we ourselves, other people or algorithms?

This competition slogan can be treated as a metaphor of all the processes taking place in the world today. The human world is a collection of individuals that form small groups, societies and the entire human community. What and who decides what we are like and what we do? We ourselves, by making everyday decisions and choosing our own paths of development? Other people, e.g. neighbours, family, politicians, and celebrities who impose their own opinions and preferences on us? Or maybe corporations that use soulless algorithms to follow our lives and invisibly gather any information about us, to tell us what to do, how to behave, what we should look like, who we should vote for, who we should like, and who we should not like? Is there any space for real individuals in the world that apparently praises any individualism, but at the same tries to average all the phenomena, including individual life, and subordinate them to statistics and algorithms? Is development, both individual and collective, possible at all in such a world? Are we doomed to stagnation and omnipresent control? Is life outside the box possible at all in such a world? Or maybe there is some way out? Maybe you know the answer? Who governs our lives: we ourselves or …?

For more information see the Competition Rules.


Competition Rules                                                                                                                   Entry Form