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Anna Eyler wins the 2018 Emerging Digital Artists Award

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On October 4, 2018, Anna Eyler was announced the winner of this year’s Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA) at a private event hosted by EQ Bank and Trinity Square Video in Toronto. Eyler’s video animation PAN/PAN was selected by this year’s judges based on its excellent technical execution and nuanced visual investigation of technology’s relationship to the natural environment.

Eyler will receive $5,000 in award money, and a secured spot in Trinity Square Video’s 2019 Themed Commission program.

Read more about the winning artwork and artist:

Through computer-generated video, PAN/PAN probes the connections between exploration, wilderness, and technology in a contemporary context. Drawing on the visual vocabularies of landscape painting and NASA live-streams, PAN/PAN presents a series of relics from a distant future. Hovering between motion and stillness, virtual scenes are devoid of human presence, yet biomorphic apparatuses function as technological stand-ins for embodied experience. Their unexpected presence in the landscape calls into question violent, colonial notions of the uninhabited wilderness pre-contact and masculinist narratives of discovery so deeply embedded in early twentieth-century landscape painting. By conflating categories of artificial/natural and virtual/actual, PAN/PAN generates a playful yet uncanny vision of our technologized future.

As more and more of our experiences become mediated through technology, how do we re-negotiate our embodied subjectivities? Can virtual environments function as sites for the troubling of distinctions between technological, aesthetic, and artificial categories? And how can we develop a critical intimacy with our technologies without reducing them to mere reflections of our own values and beliefs? PAN/PAN speaks to these questions and concerns surrounding contemporary discussions of art and technology.

Anna Eyler holds a BA in Religious Studies and Art History from Carleton University (2010) and a BFA from the University of Ottawa (2015). Recent awards include the Artengine New Media Award (2015), the Sparkbox Residency Award (2016), and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2017). Eyler is an MFA candidate in Sculpture and Ceramics at Concordia University.

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Congratulations to the four EDAA 2018 finalists: Emily Hamel, Alvin Luong, Xuan Ye, and Shaheer Zazai, who will each receive a $1,000 award. You can learn more about them here.

All five artworks will be exhibited at Trinity Square Video, 121-401 Richmond St W., Toronto, until October 13, 2018.

If you'd like to know more about the EDAA, you can visit our website, follow us on Twitter and Instagram under the handle @edaa_eqb, or send a line to edaa@eqbank.ca.

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

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