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Winners of the Grants for Media Art of the Foundation of Lower Saxony at the Edith-Russ-Haus 2022

Lucy Beech, Silvia Martes, James Newitt win Grants for Media Art 2022 of the Foundation of Lower Saxony at the Edith-Russ-Haus



The Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art is pleased to announce the three projects selected for Media Art Grants from the 2022 open call for proposals. The open call brought in 252 applications by artists from five continents, the majority coming from Western Europe. There was a high quality in the grant applications, both in terms of the artists’ ideas as well as in their writing and portfolios. It was a highly competitive selection process, and an inspiring review process, as well.

The jury consisted of Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, director of Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam; art historian and curator Lívia Páldi, Kiscelli Museum, Budapest; and Edit Molnár and Marcel Schwierin, co-directors of the Edith-Russ-Haus.

Together, they evaluated the applications to identify the most promising proposals, with a noticeable depth and/or risk in the artist’s trajectory and research. The jury also evaluated each proposed project in relation to the artist’s past work. The discussions further revolved around the relevance of the artist’s inquiries and use of technology at this current historical moment.

In this last regard, the jury noticed several recurring topics among the applications. For example, a focus on health issues, including different kinds of illnesses and forms of healing; digital technology as extension of the human body, and particularly its impact following pandemic lockdowns; and the past and future infrastructures of archives, from human memory to digital data storage. The jury also noticed, and amply discussed, that numerous project proposals had a biographical base or stemmed from lived experiences, whether family or cultural heritage, meanwhile speculative fiction was a recurring method, too.

The three selected artists for the grant and residency at Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art are: Lucy Beech (b. 1985), a Berlin-based artist; Silvia Martes (b. 1985), who lives and works in Eindhoven; and James Newitt (b. 1981), based in Lisbon.

The proposal of British artist Lucy Beech is for a film, along with a series of events and a publication, focusing on notions of waste and wasting, including waste reuse and recycling. She uniquely approaches waste and discarding through feminist materialism, queer poetry, and psychoanalysis.

The Dutch artist Silvia Martes has proposed creating a video work where fact and fiction combine her recent experiences connected to her family history in Curaçao. She wants “to create elevated stories based on nonfictional memories of the descendants of the enslaved, since we are now living the dream that they once had.”

Originally from Tasmania, James Newitt proposes to further develop a new multichannel sound and video installation on what is allegedly the world’s first data haven: “Controlled by a closed and isolated family unit, this is a space promoting sovereignty and data autonomy.”

About this selection, the jury states: “It was a difficult selection process, because there were so many strong project proposals. We choose three artists who have a research-based practice—and who don’t seem to hesitate to merge personal narratives with scientific knowledge and speculative inquiries. We very much enjoyed how their work easily navigates the terrain of realism as much as the imaginary realm.”

Each of the artists receives a €12,500 production grant for a new work; a residency of up to six months in Oldenburg, Germany; and a premier presentation organized by the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, which may include an exhibition, performance, or public program.

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