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Announcing the Winner of the 2017 EDAA

On October 5, 2017, Fanny Huard was announced the winner of the 2017 Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA) at Trinity Square Video in Toronto. Huard’s work was selected by this year’s jury – Erin Gee, Jennifer Chan, and Emily Fitzpatrick – based on its clever conceptual engagement with digital culture and demonstration of technical skill in the artist’s use of digital media.

The artist provides the following statement about her work:

AEIUO aims to question the relationship between sound and image, asking: is it possible to visually evoke a sound without using a soundtrack?

In graphic design, the sound component often comes at the end of the creative process after one has created animations in complete silence. AEIUO works oppositely, starting from sounds in order to create images. The goal is to make the viewer hear sounds through a series of silent images, specifically in the format of the animated GIF. Inspired by the graphics and gridlines of comic books, AEIUO speaks to how digital tools have allowed us to animate our daily lives—for example, in the speech bubbles of instant messenger.

The project’s starting point is Arthur Rimbaud's poem “Voyelles”: “A black, E white, I red, U green, O blue: vowels, I shall tell, one day, of your mysterious origins.” The poem reveals a particular case of synesthesia, the neurological phenomenon by which multiple senses connect. As Claude Lévi-Strauss points out in Look, Listen, Read (1993), Rimbaud facilitates a fusion of sounds and colours in his poem. Drawing from Rimbaud and Lévi-Strauss, AEIUO plays with this form of synesthesia through acts of reading, onomatopoeia, movement, anticipation, and sonic symbols such as the atomic bomb – a visual that bears increased significance in today’s political climate.

Rimbaud translation by Oliver Bernard

AEIUO (still), 2017, Animation, 5:24

Fanny Huard graduated in graphic design from the Université du Québec à Montréal where she specialized in animation. Her work explores movement and the relationship between sound and image via animated GIFs. Like silent films, this animation format intended for the web has the particularity of being mute. The spectator has to imagine the sound as they watch the images pass before their eyes. The GIF is also used as a support for observation and analysis, as one animation can be looped forever. Inspired by comics, Huard’s work depicts a noisy and colourful world, in perpetual movement.

Congratulations to the four outstanding award finalists, Fallon Simard, Micaela González, Amanda Low, and Pipo Pierre-Louis. You can learn more about their works here.

All five artworks will be exhibited at Trinity Square Video, 121-401 Richmond St W., Toronto, until October 12, 2017.

If you'd like to know more about the EDAA, you can visit our website, follow us on Twitter @edaa_eqb , or send a line to

The EDAA is presented in partnership by EQ Bank (a trademark of Equitable Bank) and Trinity Square Video.






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