The latest edition of the Aesthetica Art Prize featured outstanding artists working in video, installation and performance. These practitioners are breaking new ground within their given fields, and we are delighted to showcase their selected works, while each artist brings us up to date with their progress since being longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize.
Trevor Furlong, zeph.yr
Trevor Furlong’s interest in interactivity sprang from research carried out whilst developing musical instruments for Music Therapy. Since then his work has included sound-visual design for dance, theatre, installations, films and radio plays.
The exploration of the language and behaviours of innovative interactive technologies is now the basis of Furlong’s practice. The possibility afforded by digital technology has enabled the potential for wonder to be instilled in the audience and performer, helping to immerse them in the moment.
Current projects include Lunatic There I Go, a theatrical performance involving interactive motion projection, sound and lighting and still movement, a series of photographs that captures human motion with invisible light.
James Andean & Merja Nieminen, Re:****Sitruuna ja meduusa
Merja Nieminen and James Andean have been making collaborative audiovisual works since 2011. Their installation Re:****Sitruuna ja meduusa received an Honourable Mention in the Destellos Competition, Mixed Media category. Recent and upcoming presentations include a new version of the work specially designed for a concert presentation at the New World Symphony’s New Works concert in Miami, spring 2014, and an appearance at the Robot Festival in Bologna, Italy, autumn 2014.
Their work has been presented, in either installation or video form, in London, Berlin, Athens, Buenos Aires, Stockholm, Barcelona, Frosinone, and Helsinki. Nieminen & Andean have also collaborated on a series of installations that includes Cleome/Gliese 902 and Cleome/Gliese 581c, and are currently preparing an upcoming film project.
Clara Aparicio Yoldi, Laisse Tomber Les Filles (Leave the girls alone)
Clara Aparicio Yoldi is a video artist from Madrid, currently living and working in London. After being selected for the Aesthetica Art Prize, her videos have been screened at numerous festivals around the world, including: Madatac, Proyector, Loop Barcelona and Bang in Spain, Miden in Greece, The Unprecedented Cinema in Estonia, Fonlad in Portugal, Local Project Art Space in New York (USA) and Hackney WickED, London.
She has been one of the artists selected for the international tour with F•I•V•E , a project organised by Magmart. She will be the invited artist at Pop Up Kino #3, simultaneously celebrated in Madrid (La Neomudéjar) and in Berlin (PPC Gallery), next September. She will be part of The HTMlles Feminist festival of media arts + digital culture, Montreal (Canada), in November.
To enter work into the Aesthetica Art Prize visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize. Entry is £15 and permits the submission of two works into one category.
1. Trevor Furlong, zeph.yr. Aesthetica Art Prize 2014: Video, Installation & Performance Longlist. Courtesy of the artist and Aesthetica.
2. James Andean & Merja Nieminen, Re:****Sitruuna ja meduusa. Aesthetica Art Prize 2014: Video, Installation & Performance Longlist. Courtesy of the artist and Aesthetica.
3. Clara Aparicio Yoldi, Laisse Tomber Les Filles (Leave the girls alone). Aesthetica Art Prize 2014: Video, Installation & Performance Longlist. Courtesy of the artist and Aesthetica.
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