Princess Margriet SONIC AWARD

The Award contains a unique personal frequency that you can hear and feel. After a hit on the custom made tuning fork the personal tone and resonance will be set free. The resonance-box is screen printed with sonic translated drawing.

The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) is pleased to announce that British-based film-maker John Akomfrah (1957, Ghana) and curator Charles Esche (1962, England) - Director of the Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands - received the ECF Princess Margriet Award this evening at a packed ceremony at the Egg in Brussels.

The award is given out annually to European artists, intellectuals and activists who envisage a truly intercultural landscape and strive for societal change.

Both laureates received prize money of 25,000 Euros and a uniquely crafted sonic award made by Nathalie Bruys.

The prestigious annual public award ceremony was hosted by ECF's Director Katherine Watson and was attended by HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium and ECF's President HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands.

In her opening speech, Princess Laurentien observed that 'the Europe we have today is still young and will not last unless we continue to build, invest in and visualize our future'. She praised the laureates for pushing boundaries and generating images of who we are and who we might become.

ECF also welcomed honoured guests including Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission (DGEC); the Dutch Ambassador HE Henne Schuwer; Hilary Carty (Jury Chair); Adriana Esmeijer, Director of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds; and Ann Goldstein, Director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

Jury member Jan Dibbets praised the two laureates and said they were both chosen unanimously by a team of international jurors. The laudation praised Akomfrah for producing a vital body of work that interweaves stories of the migrants of Europe, defying purist notions of cultural identity, and focusing on the experience of becoming and the capacity to change. Charles Esche was praised for his work as a key independent curator and critical voice - work that has revealed the radical potential of the museum to be a site of hospitality and genuine knowledge exchange.

Princess Margriet Award 2012 from Nathalie Bruys on Vimeo.

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thanks to !!, Noor Elffers, Ralph Freelink, Willum Geerts.

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