Finalist in Screengrab 2010 award for New Media Arts

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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.

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Finalists:
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.”

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.

For more information please contact gallery@jcu.edu.au or phone 4781 3142
http://www.jcu.edu.au/soca/JCU_085131.html

ISEA2010 RUHR (A Planetary Order)

20 August – 5 September 2010
Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Dortmund, Dortmunder Kunstverein, RWE Galerie, Dortmunder U, PACT Zollverein Essen and Duisburg-Ruhrort
Opening: 19 August 2010, 19:00

More than thirty international artists and artist groups urge visitors to the exhibition into new perspectives on environmental issues, questions of identity and discussions about the ever-present social-media. What does a human hair sound like? Which sight will capture your imagination? Who sets the rules in the digital world?

The ISEA2010 RUHR presents outstanding contemporary works of international media art and the current position of artistic entanglements with science and technology. It offers an overview of the most pressing issues and topics in media art. Divided between the cities of Dortmund, Duisburg and Essen are shown 29 works from 37 artists representing 16 countries in total.

Most of these works will be presented in the Dortmund Museum for Art and Cultural History. The works engage with topical themes such as climate change and the deconstruction of identity concepts, and revel in alchemical experiments.

With works by Siegrun Appelt (at), Eve Arpo & Riin Rõõs (ee), Lucas Bambozzi (br), Aram Bartholl (de), BCL (at/jp), Natalie Bewernitz & Marek Goldowski (de), Daniel Bisig (ch) & Tatsuo Unemi (jp), Juliana Borinski (br/de), Martin John Callanan (uk), Işil Eğrikavuk (tk), Verena Friedrich (de), Terike Haapoja (fi), Aernoudt Jacobs (be), Márton András Juhász & Gergely Kovács & Melinda Matúz & Barbara Sterk (hu), Yunchul Kim (kr), Thomas Köner (de), Mariana Manhães (br), Soichiro Mihara (jp) & Kazuki Saita & Hiroko Mugibayashi (jp), Krists Pudzens (lv), Christopher Salter (qc/ca), Bill Seaman (us), Saso Sedlacek (si), Mark Shepard (us), Charles Stankievech (qc/ca), Vladimir Todorovic (rs/sg), Bruno Vianna (br), Ei Wada (jp), Herwig Weiser (at), Norah Zuniga Shaw (us).

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