2005 Leonardo Global Crossings Award

Posted by Nisar Keshvani | Tue Feb 22nd 2005 5:28 p.m.

The 2005 Leonardo Global Crossings Award

Leonardo/ISAST is pleased to announce that the First Leonardo Global Crossings Prize has been awarded to Abdel Ghany Kenawy and Amal Kenawy, of Cairo, Egypt, a brother-sister team who have been collaborating on large-scale installations since 1997. These works, whether tower-like structures containing glass balls rising up towards the ceiling or tunnels leading to a block of frozen ice in a room surrounded by chiffon, demonstrate that there is no "natural" barrier between the worlds of art and science.

The Kewanys' unique collaboration is built partially upon Abdel Ghany's background in the physical sciences and Amal's background in filmmaking, yet their individual efforts cannot be so neatly defined
as singularly "scientific" or "artistic." Committed to their creative processes, they work very closely together on every aspect of their projects from conceptualization and structural design to production and execution in their workshop. Characteristic of all their projects is the power of texture and image, and sensorial play with surfaces between spaces (loosening up the inside/outside polarity)--whether it
is a "textured" video, the texture of light projected on a triple screen of chiffon, the texture of human hair bows on a pair of wax legs in a display case, or the textures (acoustic and visual) of a beating heart on which a pair of lace gloved hands is sewing a white rose applique. For examples of their work see <http://www.thetownhousegallery.com/html/artists/amal_abdelghany_kenawy.htm>.

The three runners-up for the 2005 Leonardo Global Crossings Award are Regina Celia Pinto (Brazil---web-based and CD-ROM art), Kim Machan(Australia---curator, arts producer and consultant) and Shilpa Gupta(India---Internet, video and installation works).

Other nominees for the 2005 award included: Andres Burbano (Colombia), Kibook (collaborative team of Visieu Lac [Vietnamese-Australian], Mark Wu [British-born Chinese] and Stefan Woelwer [Germany]), Nalini Malani (India) and Hellen Sky (Australia).

The 2005 Leonardo Global Crossings Award, funded in part by the Rockefeller Foundation, was juried by an international panel of experts co-chaired by Nisar Keshvani (Singapore) and Rejane Spitz (Brazil). The award recognizes the contribution of artists and scholars from culturally diverse communities worldwide within the emerging art-science-technology field. The award is part of the Leonardo Global Crossings Special Project, supported by the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.

For additional information about the Leonardo Global Crossings Award, please visit <http://leonardo.info/isast/awards.html>.
  • Kathleen Quillian | Tue Mar 1st 2005 7:47 p.m.
    For immediate release
    1 March, 2005
    contact: isast@leonardo.info

    The 2005 Leonardo Global Crossings Award

    Leonardo/ISAST is pleased to announce that the First Leonardo Global
    Crossings Prize has been awarded to Abdel Ghany Kenawy and Amal Kenawy, of
    Cairo, Egypt, a brother-sister team who have been collaborating on
    large-scale installations since 1997. These works, whether tower-like
    structures containing glass balls rising up towards the ceiling or tunnels
    leading to a block of frozen ice in a room surrounded by chiffon,
    demonstrate that there is no "natural" barrier between the worlds of art and
    science.

    The Kewanys' unique collaboration is built partially upon Abdel Ghany's
    background in the physical sciences and Amal's background in filmmaking, yet
    their individual efforts cannot be so neatly defined as singularly
    "scientific" or "artistic." Committed to their creative processes, they work
    very closely together on every aspect of their projects from
    conceptualization and structural design to production and execution in their
    workshop. Characteristic of all their projects is the power of texture and
    image, and sensorial play with surfaces between spaces (loosening up the
    inside/outside polarity)--whether it is a "textured" video, the texture of
    light projected on a triple screen of chiffon, the texture of human hair
    bows on a pair of wax legs in a display case, or the textures (acoustic and
    visual) of a beating heart on which a pair of lace gloved hands is sewing a
    white rose applique. For examples of their work see
    http://www.thetownhousegallery.com/html/artists/amal_abdelghany_kenawy.htm.

    The three runners-up for the 2005 Leonardo Global Crossings Award are Regina
    Celia Pinto (Brazil---web-based and CD-ROM art), Kim Machan
    (Australia---curator, arts producer and consultant) and Shilpa Gupta
    (India---Internet, video and installation works).

    Other nominees for the 2005 award included: Andres Burbano (Colombia),
    Kibook (collaborative team of Visieu Lac [Vietnamese-Australian], Mark Wu
    [British-born Chinese] and Stefan Woelwer [Germany]), Nalini Malani (India)
    and Hellen Sky (Australia).

    The 2005 Leonardo Global Crossings Award, funded in part by the Rockefeller
    Foundation, was juried by an international panel of experts co-chaired by
    Nisar Keshvani (Singapore) and Rejane Spitz (Brazil). The award recognizes
    the contribution of artists and scholars from culturally diverse communities
    worldwide within the emerging art-science-technology field. The award is
    part of the Leonardo Global Crossings Special Project, supported by the Ford
    Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. For additional information about
    the Leonardo Global Crossings Award, please visit
    http://leonardo.info/isast/awards.html.

    Leonardo/ISAST serves the international arts community by promoting and
    documenting work at the intersection of the arts, sciences, and technology,
    and by encouraging and stimulating collaboration between artists,
    scientists, and technologists.
    Our activities include publication of the art, science and technology
    journal Leonardo; the Leonardo Music Journal; the Leonardo Book Series; the
    Leonardo Electronic Almanac; and Leonardo On-Line (all published by The MIT
    Press). More information about Leonardo/ISAST http://leonardo.info

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