Artist Call

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Artist Call

Screengrab International Media Arts Award is now entering its seventh year with an international call out for the AU$10,000 cash prize, and seeks media art works that address the 2015 theme, RESISTANCE.
Shortlisted works for the award will be exhibited at Pinnacles Gallery in December 2015 and in a companion exhibition at the eMerge Gallery in April 2016 in Townsville, Australia.


Screengrab is looking for challenging and provocative works by media arts practitioners and theorists working in screen based media on the theme of RESISTANCE.  All interpretations of resistance will be considered: the politics of resistance, the physics of resistance, the messiness of resistance, the urgency of resistance - and all its private, political and social connotations (see the theme abstract below).

All forms of screen based media are encouraged, including video art/essay/documentary, media assemblage, media installation, digital animation, interactive and generative media.

We are particularly interested in existing works completed post-December 2010 and those specifically designed for the award that address the theme of RESISTANCE. Only works that address the theme will be eligible for the AU$10,000 Media Arts award.

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Submission deadline:

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Exhibition Opening & Award announcement

Friday, December 18, 2015

Please read the Application / Submission guidelines

Before submitting the official online Entry Form

All enquiries to \ phone +61 421 181 400

2015 Theme :: Resistance

Disrupt the information flow

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We live in contradictory times. Irrespective of our geography we are wedged between the hegemony of entrenched oppositional forces. In a sense, we are the collateral damage of their friction. Of the old rallying against the new, of bold invention and nostalgic yearning, of extreme science and conservative politics, of terror and anti-terror.

Art endures in between these kinetic forces, lurking at the edges of their chaotic and often destructive interplay. As Jacques Ranciere has observed, “to resist is to adopt the posture of someone who stands opposed to the order of things”. In this space, art – and its protagonists – demonstrate “a willing deference to established forms of domination and exploitation.”

Art can resist time, the object of art can persist long after the fight has been won or lost. We put up monuments of art to speak on our behalf when all else has seemingly failed. The act of its creation resists the forces that would seek to oppose its very existence. Such is the oppositional nature of politics, capital and culture.

Screengrab7 seeks works that not only interrogate the status quo by resisting the doctrine of their inevitability but also demonstrate that these entrenched systems of control are themselves resistant to change. Resistance can be viewed as both a liberating force and an agent of destabilisation. Resistance can disrupt the flow of information, bend the circuitry, jam the signal and hack the network.

If art is a political act, then media art is a technologically enabled one. How can screen-based media embody the notion of resistance? What is it that we see when we peer out of the virtual panopticon of our contemporary cities, shopping malls, office blocks and vessels of transportation with our networked devices of communication?

Indeed by making art we are conducting an act of resistance. We are subverting accepted norms, we are stepping outside of the media stream – or directly in front of it – and making a calculated statement. Through media interventions we can point toward alternative pathways, expose bias and stand apart from the common binary politics of our times. As Graham Harman notes, “As philosophers, we're not supposed to be swept along with the Zeitgeist, we’re supposed to be resisting it.”

We resist political rhetoric by asking questions of language, of history and of context. We resist surveillance by pointing the camera back at the watchers. We resist the recurring bile of racism, sexism and bigotry by subverting stereotypes by creating new forms of beauty and a more interconnected sense of identity. We resist the predatory nature of capital and the upward linearity of growth and accumulation by challenging notions of value and currency with alternative definitions of wealth and new expressions of personal freedom.

For Screenrab7 all forms of resistance will be considered: the politics of resistance, the physics of resistance, the messiness of resistance, and the urgency of resistance. In this age of contradiction – and as Bruce Sterling has observed, of “favela chic and of gothic high-tech” – it is the duality of our relationship to the forces of order and control that is under examination here.


We resist, not as some might have it – to impede or to destroy the status quo – indeed, that would be too obvious, too easy, and too predictable. Resistance through art making, through creative expression, is subtler and more nuanced than that. The act of resistance in art, as in life, is to demand amore complex, empathetic and interconnected human experience.


Please read the Application / Submission guidelines

Before submitting the official online Entry Form

All enquiries to \ phone +61 421 181 400

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About Screengrab

The Screengrab International Media Arts Award and associated exhibition is a competition for creative works by contemporary artists and theorists working with screen-based media.

Entrants in past years have employed a wide spectrum of technologies and authoring techniques including multi-channel video, interactive media, digital illustration, game design, generative media, stop motion, 2D and 3D animation.

The award was established in 2009 by James Cook University Media Design Lecturer Mitch Goodwin for Arts & Creative Media to provide North Queensland with a provocative and unique exhibition of New Media Art with an eclectic international perspective. Over the years the award has had a timely singular theme – Intervention (2009), Network (2010), Nostalgia (2011), Control (2012), Ambience (2013), Velocity (2014), and now Resistance (2015) – each of which attempt to address the broader socio-political environment while encouraging artists to intersect with critical trends in media art theory and screen production.

In recent years Screengrab has grown exponentially; in 2014, we received over 270 entries from digital practitioners from all over the world. Shortlisted artists who have been shown at the Screengrab exhibition have come from a diverse range of cultures including Germany, USA, UK, Italy, France, Portugal, Canada, Spain, Sweden, Brazil, Netherlands, Romania, Israel, Tajikistan, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, China and Australia.

2014 was the first year that the Screengrab prize was co-sponsored with both Pinnacles Gallery and Arts & Creative Media each contributing to the AU$10,000 cash prize. It also marked the first year that Screengrab ventured off-campus to exhibit at Pinnacles Gallery while maintaining a presence at the eMerge Gallery space at James Cook University. This new relationship has made it possible for the organising team to not only be more flexible with the work they exhibit but potentially realise more work on a much larger scale.

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Previous Winners

While the inaugural Screengrab prize was AU$2000, the event has steadily grown over the years and in 2015 the winner of the competition will be awarded a AU$10,000 cash prize. This investment has been jointly made by Arts & Creative Media at James Cook University and Pinnacles Gallery, Townsville City Council, both located in Townsville, Australia.

2014 Screengrab “Velocity” Award

“We Are Printers Too” by Sonia Leber & David Chesworth (Australia)

2013 Screengrab “Ambience” Award

Vessel” by Yasmijn Karhof / Jasper van den Brink, (Netherlands)

2012 Screengrab “Control” Award

“Ylem” by Jo Lawrence, (UK)

2011 Screengrab “Nostalgia” Award

“Summertime Flies” by Jason Robinson & Nathan Halverson, (USA)

2010 Screengrab “Network” Award

“Fluid Network” by Juliana Gotillaand Izabel Harbach (Rapadura Studios, (Italy)

2009 Screengrab “Intervention” Award

“Tank Man Tango” by Deborah Kelly, (Australia)

When interviewed for the ABC, Screengrab Director Mitch Goodwin, noted, “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.”

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This project is sponsored by James Cook University's Arts & Creative Media and Pinnacles Gallery, Townsville City Council. The exhibition program of shortlisted works will be hosted jointly at Pinnacles Gallery from December 18, 2015 and a select group of works will be exhibited at the eMerge Gallery, James Cook University in April 2016.

Please read the Application / Submission guidelines

Before submitting the official online Entry Form

All enquiries to \ phone +61 421 181 400

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