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“Egress” detail (2015, USA) Heidi Kumao and “10 Minutes to Midnight” detail (2015, Australia) Alphaville and Nuclear Futures

Screengrab7 opened on December 19 at Pinnacles Gallery in Townsville Australia :: Fiona Trigg Assistant Curator at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image was the guest judge of the AU$10,000 Media Arts Prize which was won by artist Luhsun Tan for his work, “Intentsity.”

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Screengrab Media Art Award :: 2015 :: Intentsity (2015) Luhsun Tan

“Intentsity” is a poetic work that engages with notions of de-colonialism and materiality. Using video projection Tan re-mediates the texture of the original canvass from the Aboriginal tent embassy, ‘a site of resistance since 1972.’

Below is an embedded loop of the video file that Tan has uploaded to Vimeo so you can make your own version of the installation work:

Intentsity from LUX on Vimeo.


Venue :: Pinnacles Gallery, Riverway Arts Centre, Townsville
Map :: 20 Village Boulevard, Thuringowa Central, QLD 4817
When :: December 19 through to February 26 2016
Hours :: Tuesday – Sunday :: 10am – 5pm
Cost :: Free Admission


The Screengrab7 exhibition represents a diverse collection of works from 28 media artists and researchers from 12 countries who responded to this year’s theme of “Resistance: Disrupt the information flow”.

For more information on the theme see:


Screengrab7 :: Opening Speeches :: 19.12.15 from Oldmateo on Vimeo.


I’d like to acknowledge the – often invisible hands – hard at work in the background that bring the physical realization of Screengrab into being: Eric Nash, Rob Donaldson and Michael Pope who have done so much work over the last two iterations of Screengrab. I would also like to acknowledge the ongoing support of Peter Murphy and Amy Bishop from Arts & Creative Media at James Cook University.

Many thanks must also go out to the the 2015 install team at Pinnacles Gallery – again Eric and Rob – but also Erwin, Leo, Rurik, Damian and Jill. Once again they have produced an engaging presentation of media art with a very clever utilization of resources and space.

I must also acknowledge the support of the Townsville City Council and James Cook University for their shared patronage of the Screengrab AU$10,000 Media Art Award over the 2014-2015 period.

As we pivot towards the future I would also like to acknowledge the work of the core Screengrab team that built up the award from its humble beginnings to what you see before you today: Elly Murrell, Richard Gillespie and Ben Van-Houts; and the Screengrab judging team from those early years: Steven Campbell, Bernadette Ashley and Jak Henson. I would especially like to acknowledge Ryan Daniel who was brave enough to give the project the green light back in 2009.


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 at Pinnacles Gallery from December 19, 2015 and a select group of works will be exhibited at the eMerge Gallery, James Cook University in April 2016.

For more information on the award and the artist call see:

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