Screengrab 2011

New Media Arts Award Winners

“Summertime Flies”, Jason Robinson & Nathan Halverson, Charlottesville, USA

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Artist’s statement:

Nostalgia turns the memories of a teenage summer into a hazy dream of fireworks, swimming pools and carnival rides. Summertime Flies is the result of collaboration between sound artist Nathan Halverson and video artist J. Robinson. The pair documented their summer travels, often several states apart, with camera phones and other low cost consumer recording devices. They exchanged files through email and created work based on each others documentation. This is the final product of that process.

Summertime Flies from J.Robinson on Vimeo.

Media release:

Last Friday night (12.8.11) at James Cook University’s eMerge Media Space the 2011 winner of the Screengrab New Media Arts Prize was awarded to a collaborative work titled Summertime Flies, created by video artist Jason Robinson and sound artist Nathan Halverson from the USA. The $2000 prize which is sponsored by the School of Creative Arts represents the Media Space’s premier exhibition for the calendar year and attracts a global roster of artists working within the fields of screen based media and electronic arts.

The prize was awarded for the process of this work, described in the Artist’s Statement, as much as for the final product.

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Judges Bernadette Ashley, Mitch Goodwin and Dr Steven Campbell awarded this year’s prize to Robinson and Halverson after a lengthy deliberation which saw several other works vying for attention including Paper Memories by Theo Putzu from Spain (with an honorary mention), Winnipeg Stories by Clint Enns from Canada and Clickstan by the Ubermorgen Artgroup from Austria. Australian artists also feature prominently including Sean Scott, Gregory Mackay and Bonnie Lane.

As Mitch Goodwin, New Media Arts Lecturer notes, “The cultural diversity of the works on show is indicative of the Screengrab exhibition’s primary goal, which is to critique screen culture via the very medium which makes the exhibition possible.Publicity for the award, the selection of the media works and the acquisition of the shortlisted entries is all conducted exclusively from screen to screen via digital media networks around the world.”

The Screengrab exhibition will be on show at the School of Creative Art’s eMerge Media Space at James Cook University until 31st August, 2011.Entry is free.

F or more information please contact gallery@jcu.edu.au or phone 4781 3142

eMerge Media Space opening hours and events calender : www.jcu.edu.au/soca/gallery/

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Finalists:

Paper Memories

(Honorary Mention)

Theo Putzu

Barcelona, Spain

Decline

Gregory Mackay

Melbourne, Australia

Gradient Wall Series

Lesser Gonzalez

Baltimore, USA

Winnipeg Stories

Clint Enns

Winnipeg, Canada

Maybe Tomorrow

Bonnie Lane

Melbourne, Australia

Stereo

John McNeil

Baltimore, USA

Cars Melody

Jean-Michel Rolland

Epinay-sur-Orge, France

Notendo

Jeff Donaldson

Brooklyn, USA

detritus II

Alexander Sigman

San Francisco, USA

Our Love Bytes

Rita Sá

Lisboa, Portugal

The Sound of Yahoo

Kim Asendorf & Jörn Röder

Kassel, Germany

The Homogenics

Gerard Freixes Ribera

Igualada, Spain

Mesmerism

Sean Scott

Bellara, Australia

The Garden

Ann Steuernagel

Cambridge, USA

CLICKISTAN

Ubermorgen Artgroup

Vienna, Austria

Leaving Ground

Annie Briard

Vancouver, Canada

Oboro

Bryant Davis

Bridgeport, USA

PXLPNT

Christopher Otto

New York, USA