Nostalgia runs deep in the network.
The clean lines and coded purity of interface culture and consumer
electronics belies a deeper yearning for the origins of new media. 8
Bit games, glitch art, stop motion video, audio distortions and retro
stylings are cropping up throughout the networked landscape as artists
unpack, smudge, melt, data-mosh and retrace their steps back to the
early halcyon days of digital media. Tactile, fluid, fuzzy analogue
aesthetics are emerging in surprising places as the origins of our
streamlined relationship with technology and the world around us is
interrogated, encoded and telegraphed into our livings rooms, browsers
Jaron Lanier in his text, You Are Not A Gadget, calls for a more
humanist approach to the way we participate in network culture and
insists we must seek always to preserve our individuality in such
exchanges. Retro leanings and nostalgic turns speak to this desire. It
reveals the human in the electronic interface. It celebrates the
mistake, the error, the uniqueness and the beauty of the digital
aesthetic at a critical time in the evolution of media arts practice.
The 2011 Screengrab New Media Arts Award and associated exhibition is
looking for challenging creative works by media artists who have a
yearning for the past and seek to examine the future. We invite these
digital practitioners working in screen based media to submit works on
the theme of the Nostalgia.
The Call Out :
SCREENGRAB is now entering its third year with an international call out
for the AUS$2000 New Media Arts Prize and the companion exhibition in
August for short listed applicants. We invite digital practitioners
working in screen based media to submit works on the theme of NOSTALGIA.
All forms of screen based media are encouraged including multi-channel
video, digital illustration, audio sculpture, photography, generative
media, 2D & 3D animation.
Existing worx and those specifically designed for the award must address
the theme of NOSTALGIA to be eligible for the New Media Arts award.
Prize Money: AUS $2000
Artefact deadline: 22-07-11
Exhibition Opening & Award announcement : 12-08-11
Application Form : http://www.jcu.edu.au/soca/screengrab/
"Time sneaks up on you like a windshield on a bug."
- John Lithgow
This project is sponsored by James Cook University's School of Creative Arts and the eMerge Media Space.