Finalists Announced for the 2019 Emerging Digital Artists Award


Alyssa Bornn, MORE, LESS, ABOUT THE SAME (2019); Colton Hash, Acoustic Turbulence (2019); Ahreum Lee, Memory Palace (2019); Claire Scherzinger, The Last Ansible Transmission (2018); Jordyn Stewart, Landscape Technician (2019)

Finalists Announced for the 2019 Emerging Digital Artists Award

EQ Bank and Trinity Square Video are pleased to announce the five finalists for the 2019 Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA), Canada’s award for critical experimentation in digital media.

The five finalists are:
Alyssa Bornn (Winnipeg, MB)
Colton Hash (Victoria, BC)
Ahreum Lee (Montreal, QC)
Claire Scherzinger (Victoria, BC)
Jordyn Stewart (Beamsville, ON)

The works were selected from a broad range of submissions by a national jury of digital media artists, programmers and practitioners. Finalists were chosen based on a demonstrated criticality and creativity in their use of digital media.

The grand prize winner of the 2019 EDAA will be announced publicly on September 20. They will receive $5,000, a production membership to Trinity Square Video, and a reserved space in the artist-run centre’s 2020 Themed Commission program. The four remaining finalists will each receive $1,000 and a production membership to Trinity Square Video.

An exhibition of works by the five finalists will be presented at Trinity Square Video from September 6-28, 2019.

About the Artists:

Alyssa Bornn is an interdisciplinary artist, experimental filmmaker, and organizer based in Winnipeg. Her practice regularly employs traditional photographic methods alongside alternative and outdated digital modes of image capturing, writing, and constructed spaces to explore the act of image building as well as our relationship to images. She holds a BFA (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba and is a member of Open City Cinema, a co-programmer for the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, and an active member in Light Terrors – a loose collective showcasing moving image and audio works as live performance.

Colton Hash is an artist who currently resides as an uninvited guest on Lekwungen territories of Vancouver Island. Hash’s practice is inspired by the wild and anthropogenic landscapes that surround him. He integrates scientific understandings, social concerns and intuitive experience through multimedia creation. Hash’s politically oriented practice has received regional recognition with the Witness Legacy Award for Social Purpose and Responsibility Through Art from the ProArt Alliance. Hash has received a B.Sc. in Computer Science, Visual Arts and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria, and recently completed an art residency with Ocean Networks Canada.

Ahreum Lee is a musician and interdisciplinary media artist who immigrated to Canada from South Korea. Lee began her career in media arts as the co-founder and frontwoman of an experimental art-rock band Juck Juck Grunzie. After spending nearly a decade producing records and touring internationally with the group, she began to extend her practice into video and multimedia installation work. Lee has exhibited her work extensively in Korea. Since moving to North America, she has exhibited and performed at Fonderie Darling and Studio XX (Montreal), Axis Lab (Chicago), and participated in the Intersections | Cross-sections conference (Toronto). She is currently completing her MFA in Intermedia at Concordia University.

Claire Scherzinger is an interdisciplinary artist who currently lives in Victoria, BC. Her practice is centred on the process of building new worlds, which she develops through drawing, painting, gaming engines, and podcasting. Scherzinger holds a BFA from OCAD University and an MFA from the University of Victoria. Her work has appeared in exhibitions across Canada, the USA and the UK. She was also a purchase prizewinner of the 2015 RBC Painting Competition. She recently wrote and produced a sci-fi audio drama, Arca-45672, based upon the world of her paintings.

Jordyn Stewart is an artist from the Niagara Region. She holds a BA, Specialist in Art and Art History at the University of Toronto, joint program with Sheridan College. Stewart is a recent MFA graduate from the University of Waterloo and was a recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Master’s Scholarship. She has exhibited in galleries such as Trinity Square Video (Toronto), Hamilton Artists Inc., Gallery Stratford and Cambridge Art Galleries. Stewart is currently Co-Curator of Art Spin Hamilton and Training and Production Coordinator at Ed Video (Hamilton).

About the EDAA

Now in its fifth year, the Emerging Digital Artists Award celebrates early-career, screen-based artists who demonstrate criticality and creativity in their use of digital media. The EDAA is proudly presented by EQ Bank in partnership with Trinity Square Video.

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