Emerging Media Artist 2015

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Edith-Russ-Haus Award for Emerging Media Artists of the Sparda-Bank 2015

In 2015, sponsored by the Sparda Bank, the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art has awarded two grants for artistic works in the area of new media.


Inke Arns
Nataša Ilic
Edit Molnár
Marcel Schwierin

The jury has unanimously decided to present Edith-Russ-Haus Awards for Emerging Media Artists of the Sparda-Bank 2015, each of which includes prize money of the amount of €3,000 and participation in an exhibition at the Edith-Russ-Haus, to the following artists:

Chris Alton: English Disco Lovers (EDL)

Marta Popivoda: Mass Ornaments

jury statements:

Chris Alton
English Disco Lovers (EDL)
2012 – present

This is subversion at its best: English Disco Lovers (EDL) is a multifaceted protest movement that aims to reclaim the EDL acronym of the English Defence League, an extremist organization commonly associated with racism, Islamophobia, and violence. Chris Alton founded the group in an attempt to respond to the growing presence of right-wing extremism in the UK. English Disco Lovers (EDL) exists in numerous forms, including online occupations, street protests, talks, photographs, videos, social media posts, news articles, and as a shared idea. The movement will be presented at the Edith-Russ-Haus as a multimedia installation including video, sound, hashtags, images, and publications.

Marta Popivoda
Mass Ornaments

Mass Ornaments is an artistically poignant and convincing take on the nature of spectatorship and the role of the public sphere that starts from the mass performance of the late Yugoslav era—the Youth Day celebration in 1987—to launch into an elaboration of “inattentional blindness” and troubles of today’s public sphere. By looking into archival material of the socialist spectacle performed just a few years before the civil war broke out in Yugoslavia, the mixed-media installation reveals “overlooked” signs of the approaching collapse to meditate on seeing, not-seeing, and refusing to see, and what this means for the spectatorship of mediated images and of art.

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