(this page was last updated in January 2019)
PIPA Online is the PIPA Prize category in which the winner is chosen by the public through an online voting system. The voting is usually split into two rounds of 8 days each, from one Sunday to the next. Since during this edition’s 1st round our website faced some technical issues, however, we decided to extend its period in two days, totalizing ten days of voting.
The 1st round of PIPA Online 2018 went from July 15th through the 24th, featuring 60 of the 70 artists nominated for the ninth edition of the Prize. When the polls closed, at midnight, 15495 votes were calculated and nine artists had obtained the minimum score of 500 votes to participate in the 2nd round of PIPA Online.
The score is reset and the voting starts again in the second round, that started on July 29th. The end of the voting was on August 5th and, in the next day, August 6th, the winners were announced. Totalizing 1659 votes, Íris Helena won in first place and will be awarded R$10 thousand. Babu 78 won in second place with 1217 votes and will be awarded with R$5 thousand. Both artists will donate a work to PIPA Institute (to be defined as a mutual agreement between the artists and the Coordination of the Institute).
This year, we also have a third place: Daniel Escobar, who accumulated 1179 votes, will receive an extraordinary incentive of R$ 2 thousand. The extra donation was introduced in PIPA Online 2018 as a way of raising the benefits of the voting, aiming to reinforce the mission of promoting Brazilian contemporary art through the unlimited reach of the Internet. All the 60 artists who participated in the 1st round of the competition were running for the incentive, including the nine artists who obtained over 500 votes and were classified for the 2nd round. Only the classified artists, however, were running for the R$10,000 and R$5,000 donations reserved for the official winners of the 2nd round of PIPA Online 2018.
See how it was the scoreboard at the end of the 2nd round:
Another innovation introduced in PIPA Online 2018 was the modification in the voting system on both 1st and 2nd round: a minimum of three mandatory votes was established. The three-votes system was thoughut to encourage the public to search more and more about the artist’s work, allowing artists who live outside the main capitals of the country to have their work known and discovered.
Meet PIPA Online 2018 winners
Íris Helena – João Pessoa, Brazil, 1987 | PIPA Online 2018 first place winner
The artist is interested in the critic, poetic and aesthetic investigation of the urban landscape that results from a collection of experiences in the city. Her works develop into different media – from toilet and paper receipt notes to page markers and metallic medicine blisters. The precarious, common materials imply the possibility of the (re)construction of memory tied to the instability, fragility and, above all, oblivion.
Babu 78 – Cuiabá, Brazil, 1978 | PIPA Online 2018 Runner up
Babu78 is a visual and graffiti artist whose production is divided between the canvas and the wall, the studio and the street. Through the graffiti painting, the artist seeks to break the isolation of the city’s outskirts by taking social denouncements to the walls of the city that portrait the life of those living on the outskirts of luck and their own rights. The urban landscape is his media to protest, art and dialogue.
Learn more about the extraordinary incentive winner
Daniel Escobar – Santo Ângelo, Brazil, 1982
Graduated in Visual Arts from Instituto de Artes da UFRGS, Brazil, the artist’s research addresses questions related to the multiple devices of capitalism (publicity, real estate capital, turism market, fake news and the idea of connection) by creating a visual landscape inhabited by desires and consumption dreams.