2021 Emerging Digital Artists Award Exhibition


Clockwise from top left: Aljumaine Gayle, Twenty_Four_Seven / 365, 2019; Erin Konsmo, Fish/Scale Cones, 2020; Katelyn Hawley, Stuck, 2021; Olivia Dreisinger, disabled!, 2017; Shonee, Field of Reeds, 2021

Trinity Square Video and EQ Bank are pleased to present:

The 2021 EDAA Exhibition

September 10 – October 2, 2021
Trinity Square Video and Online

With works by:
Aljumaine Gayle
Erin Konsmo
Katelyn Hawley
Olivia Dreisinger

The 2021 EDAA exhibition marks the seventh edition of the Emerging Digital Artists Award with five exceptional works that expand the limits of digital art practice. This year’s recipients were selected by a jury panel from over 175 submissions by emerging artists across Canada, in recognition of their innovative approach to digital technologies and ability to generate bold new worlds in digital space.

The five award-winning works share a common pursuit in pushing the capacities of digital media to better connect us to our physical selves and surroundings: Aljumaine Gayle’s interactive installation tracks and monitors our presence in the gallery, prompting an awareness of how physical bodies and digital data intersect in (supposedly) public spaces; Erin Konsmo brings the land-based practice of fish scale art to wider audiences using macro photography, paying reverence to whitefish and their habitat by exposing the intricate details of a single fish scale; Katelyn Hawley’s game implicates us in a mission to escape isolation during a global pandemic, where both the material world and our inner thoughts must be contested and overcome; Olivia Dreisinger’s experimental documentary reveals how online communities create new possibilities for living through the genre of disability-themed fanfiction; and Shonee leads us on a meditative journey through a lush and thriving virtual ecosystem which acts as an artificial stand-in for an environment in a post-climate-emergency world. Each work is rooted in the revelatory, drawing our attention to a current reality and the possible futures ahead.

About the EDAA

The Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA) is Canada’s major award for critical experimentation in digital media, proudly presented by EQ Bank and Trinity Square Video. Established in 2015, the annual award celebrates the contributions of early-career, screen-based artists working exclusively in virtual space. Each year, we seek artwork submissions from across the country that push us in new directions and challenge us to see the world through a different screen.

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