The Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 Countdown: 9 Days to Go – Artists’ Film

There are nine days left in the Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 call for entries. In the countdown, we spotlight Lorenzo Gattorna, whose artists’ film Marshy Place Across (2014) was selected for the publication Future Now. 

The artist’s short films converge upon both the avant-garde and documentary modes of cinema, swaying between the traditions of direct observation and speculative fiction. These ethereal travelogues, as seen in Marshy Place Across, expose mystical revelations through the observation of phenomena, and remain therapeutic reflections upon such bizarre and beautiful tumult as reciprocation, relocation and remembrance.

Gattorna is fascinated by the interaction of estrangement and cognition. He realises how a shot may either match or contrast with others in terms of saturation, grain structure, the screen orientation of an object, the direction of the camera movement or even stasis thereof. Eventually, he moves from this aesthetic approach to adopt the traditional scientific method in order to question some postulated approximation of reality. By introducing a given set of changes – imaginary or inventive – into the known background, an atmosphere is created wherein the impressions of the viewers will reveal something about these inventions, the characters or both.

The Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world. It offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience. Prizes include £5,000 Main Prize courtesy of Hiscox, £1,000 Student Prize courtesy of Hiscox, a group exhibition in partnership with York Museums Trust, publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology, editorial in Aesthetica (186,000 readership worldwide), art books courtesy of Prestel, and art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton.

Entries are open until 31 August 2015. Register your artwork at

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1. Lorenzo Gattorna, Marshy Place Across (2014).