$75k New Media Award winners: Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Monday 06 September 2010.

$75k New Media Award winners: Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine image

Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine have been awarded the Premier of Queensland’s 2010 National New Media Art Award.

The most significant prize for new media in Australia, the National New Media Art Award celebrates the skill and creativity of Australian artists working in challenging and innovative ways with a range of new technologies including digital animation, gaming, robotics, sound sculpture and interactive media.

Knowles and Sowerwine were awarded the $75,000 prize for their work You Were In My Dream.

Premier Anna Bligh said ““Their winning entry You Were In My Dream 2010 is a playful work that offers a rare combination of interactivity, narrative and nostalgia.”

“The judging panel said it is wonderful to see a new media work that invites the individual into a dreamlike narrative realm. This is a work that will delight audiences of all ages.

“The judges would also like to highly commend Wade Marynowsky, whose work The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeois Robot 2 2010 is enchanting, poetic and unnerving.’

In addition to the announcing the winner of the 2010 Award, Ms Bligh also presented Queensland artist Claire Robertson with the Premier of Queensland’s New Media Scholarship.

“Robertson’s work in video, installation and sound explores the relationship between real and imagined space. She will use the scholarship to participate in residencies, conduct research, and assist with exhibitions in the Netherlands and Germany.’

“This $25,000 scholarship for an emerging new media artist living and working in Queensland aims to foster and assist in developing aspects of their creative practice in new media,” she said.

Judging this year’s Award winner and the scholarship recipient were Queensland Art Gallery Director Tony Ellwood, Bec Dean, Associate Director of Performance Space, Sydney and Dr Larissa Hjorth, lecturer, Games and Digital Art Programs, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Queensland Art Gallery Director Tony Ellwood said Knowles and Sowerwine’s award-winning work would be on public display in the Premier of Queensland’s National New Media Art Award exhibition at the New Media Gallery, GoMA from August 28 to November 7 and will become an important part of the Gallery’s permanent collection.

The artists short-listed for the 2010 Premier of Queensland’s National New Media Art Award and featured in the exhibition are: Philip Brophy (VIC), Nigel Helyer (NSW), Chris Howlett (QLD), Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine (VIC), Soda_Jerk (NSW) Wade Marynowsky (NSW), and Lynette Wallworth (NSW).

“This Award is an important initiative for artists working in new media, an area strongly supported and recognised by the Queensland Art Gallery, especially since the opening of GoMA, which contains dedicated exhibition spaces for new media works,” Mr Ellwood said.


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