The Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology celebrates the work of emerging and established practitioners from across the world, inviting audiences to be inspired by a wealth of ideas and perspectives. Phil Akashi has been longlisted in the Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture category with his work "The Circle of Time". 


From Photographic & Digital Art and Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media, to Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture and Video, Installation & Performance, the works included in this year’s presentation come from diverse locations such as Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Singapore, the UK and the USA. As the world is increasingly shaped by surveillance and data collection, the human condition has become one of rehearsal and performance.


Exploring the wider effects of over-consumption, media stimulation and emotional disconnection, the artworks presented in the 2018 collection call into question new modes of communication, offering reflection upon the era of post-truth, where human autonomy can be reduced to calculable, predictable patterns of behaviour. Each piece draws upon social and political structures to question the value that we place on the world around us and on ourselves. Selected from over 4,000 artworks, the 100 artists included in this publication look at a range of subject matter, from global financial systems to technology that replicates nature, creating a new vocabulary for life in the 21st century.


The Judging Panel enhances its position in the industry, bringing together specialists from leading cultural institutions. The award attracts thousands of entries in a range of innovative media from locations as diverse as Australia, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Recent finalists include acclaimed director Toby Dye; Tokyo-based French architect and artist Emmanuelle Moureaux; Rachel Ara, founder of the artists collective [ALLOY], whose work is being exhibited at the V&A, Barbican Centre and Whitechapel Gallery; Liz West, recipient of the Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award; and Ellie Davies, who has since shown new and recent works in the exhibition Into the Woods at Crane Kalman, London.


Previous finalists include John Keane, former official British war artist, currently represented by Flowers Gallery in London; Julia Vogl, member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and twice selected for Public Art Network Year in Review projects; Ingrid Hu, former designer at the Lubetkin-winning Heatherwick Studio; Marcus Jansen, a leading modern expressionist; and Bernat Millet, shortlisted for National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. As part of a wider engagement with talent development and idea generation, Aesthetica’s accompanying publication Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists – which features artists’ statements, images of the works and essays from leading art figures – is on sale as part of the exhibition.

This book is a compilation of the winners and finalists of the Aesthetica Art Prize 2017. 


Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists from the Aesthertica Art Prize 2017
Editions Aesthetica Magazine Ltd.
York, UK 2018
ISSN 2398-6654
221 pages
22 cm x 15 cm
Price £9.95

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Phil Akashi the Circle of Time Installation

Ink on fine art paper, bamboo, hemp rope, leather, and metal with seal imprints with Chinese characters: 冬/“winter”, 春/“spring”, 夏/“summer”, 中/“middle”, and  秋/“fall”.  4 x 4 x 3,35 m




Phil Akashi Aesthetica Art Prize 2017