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Emerging Media Artists 2014

Edith-Russ-Haus Award for Emerging Media Artists of the Sparda-Bank
10 October 2014 - 11 January 2015
Opening: 09 October 2014, 19:00
Presstalk: 08 October 2014, 11:00

The Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art presents the second award winners of the annual Edith-Russ-Haus Award for Emerging Media Artists of the Sparda Bank, which has existed since 2013. The international jury presented the award in 2014 to the artist duo Adam Basanta and Julian Stein for their space and sound installation Invisible Lines and to Axel Straschnoy for his film Kilpisjärvellä. With this prize, the work of young media artists are honored by the prize itself, the prize money and the exhibition in an important institution of contemporary art.

Award Winners

Adam Basanta and Julian Stein

The work Invisible Lines of Canadian based artists Adam Basanta and Julian Stein allows the viewer to experience an acoustic phenomenon: the art potential of controlled feedback. Visitors experience the invisible paths of soundwaves with increasing and decreasing temporary structures. The static mount of the installation consists of six iconic microphones on stands, which are facing and plugged into six loudspeakers.The close relationship between the single microphone-amplifier-pairings becomes audible through custom software and oscillates between states of stability and instability.

                                                                                                                  Adam Basanta/Julian Stein, Invisible Lines,
                                                                                                                  2013 © Emily Gan

Axel Straschnoy

In his work Kilpisjärvellä , Finland based Axel Straschnoy is immersively playing with perception. His movie is displayed within a dome, which needs to be physically entered in order to experience the installation. The viewer sees two camera men roaming deep into the tundra in order to capture the Aurora Borealis - the polar light - and acquire distance to all manmade lightsources. All physical experiences, the perception of their environment, making camp under the sky and the following lighting phenomenons in the upper atmosphere, are transferred onto the viewer in the dome.

Axel Straschnoy, Kilpisjärvellä, 2012 © Bufo

Alongside the award winners, four works with an honorable mention of the jury are included in the exhibition.


13 December 2014, 15:00

05 January 2015, 15:00

11 December 2014, 19:00

Funded by

Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Katharinenstraße 23, D-26121 Oldenburg, Tel.: +49(0)441/235-3208, Fax.: +49(0)441/235-2161
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Friday 14:00 -18:00, Saturday - Sunday 11:00 - 18:00, Monday closed
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