New Media Arts Award Winners
Juliana Gotilla and Izabel Rainer Harbach (Rapadura Studio) Italy
The network is fluid. The connections happen everywhere in a sort of orchestrated chaos. The boundaries and distances coalesce and connect, changing perceptions and meanings of contemporary space. In this context, the water represents the fluidity of the network, with its organic linked movements, that cannot be predicted or had its reflexes altered.
On Friday night (15.10.10) at James Cook University’s eMerge Media Space the 2010 winner of the Screengrab New Media Arts Award was announced ~ Italian artists, Juliana Gotilla and Izabel Rainer Harbach.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 Italian duo’s video art piece, Fluid Network, captured the judge’s attention with its intriguing execution and quirky interpretation of this year’s theme – the Network.A strangely nostalgic construction, Fluid Network torments the viewer with the familiar sounds of network communication software – Skype, Instant Messenger apps, modems and ICQ chat alerts – as pools of liquid with an uncanny similarity to a map of the earth is slowly flooded by drops of water.It has to be seen – and heard - to be believed.
Judges, Bernadette Ashley, Jak Henson and Dr Steven Campbell awarded this year’s prize to Gotilla and Harbach after a lengthy deliberation, considering the 17 works selected for display.
Alan Bigelow[USA] “What They Said”
Derek Larson [USA] “Closed System Media I-IV”
Juliana Gotilla & Izabel Rainer Harbach [Italy] “Fluid Network”
Osvaldo Cibils [Italy] “Multimedia Head”
Vladimir Todorovic [Singapore] SILICA-ESC
Ali Miharbi [USA] “Movie Mirrors”
Martin John Callanan [UK] “I Wanted to See all the News from Today”
Anders Weberg [Sweden] “P2P Art - The Aesthetics of Ephemerality”
Myriam Thyes [Germany] “Global Vulva”
Marco Donnarumma [UK] “Golden Shield Music”
Marco Donnarumma [UK] “The Invisible Suns Project”
Benjamin Ducroz [Australia] “PRESS +”
Boris Eldagsen [Germany] “Spam : The Musical”
Benjamin Forster [Australia] “Premise: Etching Flow = Definition, 2009”
Jason Nelson [Australia] “Sydney’s Siberia”
Olle Corneer [Sweden] “Public Epidemic No 1”
Tom Corby [UK] “The Southern Ocean Studies”
As Mitch Goodwin, Creative Arts lecturer and one of Screengrab’s curators 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.”
Gemma Bauman, Bachelor of New Media Arts student, was at the opening. Listen to her interviews with Mitch, Bernadette Ashley and Natalie Stephenson.
The Screengrab exhibition will be on show at the School of Creative Art’s eMerge Media Space at James Cook University until Friday 19th November.Entry is free.
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