The opening launch and announcement for the AU$10,000 6th Screengrab International Media Arts Award took place at Pinnacles Gallery in Townsville on September 20. José da Silva, Senior Curator, Australian Cinémathèque (QLD Art Gallery) selected Sonia Leber and David Chesworth’s work We Are Printers Too as the 2014 award winner. From an international collective of some 40 works from 16 countries this was a wonderful result for the Melbourne based creative team who were advised of their win only hours beforehand and made the last minute dash to Townsville to be present for the award’s announcement.
In announcing the award José da Silva, this year’s guest Screengrab judge, also made special mention of Black Horse by Joana Silva and 7 Billion Pixels by Antoine Schmitt. In his remarks DaSilva explained that he selected Leber and Chesworth’s work, “because it is a fascinating exploration of sound and communication, and a decidedly moving ode to lost forms of communication… I kept returning to Leber and Chesworth’s work, increasingly feeling that it had made the most thoughtful, well resolved and even challenging contribution to the award’s theme of ‘Velocity’, that curator Mitch Goodwin eloquently describes in his catalogue essay as ‘the comings and goings of objects, the rhizomatic fever of life – of memories and of perception – is the stuff of both nature and the machine but also the stuff of change – of a compelling need to move forward, at pace’.”
The 6th Screengrab International Media Arts Award features works in a variety of screen-based media by 40 artists from around the globe, responding to the theme VELOCITY | Change. At Speed. Everywhere. The exhibition is presented by James Cook University’s School of Arts and Creative Media in partnership with Pinnacles Gallery, Townsville City Council.
:: Screengrab6 is being hosted at two venues in Townsville until October 26, 2014 ::
Pinnacles Gallery, Riverway Arts Centre, 20 Village Blvd, Townsville
Tuesdays to Sundays 10am – 5pm
eMerge Gallery, Building 300, JCU Douglas Campus, Townsville
Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4pm
For a full list of artists on show at Screengrab6, all of whom were shortlisted for the Screengrab International Media Arts Award, see the JCU project site: http://screengrab.info/. A catalogue of the exhibition is also available to read online here: http://issuu.com/percpin/docs/screengrab_publication_final_issuu/1. For more info and a look at the extensive body of work produced by Screengrab6 winners Sonia Leber and David Chesworth, check out their online folio here: http://www.waxsm.com.au/.