The panel received a total of 120 submissions by video artists from all over the world, exploring Memory, Time, Space and Identity in relation to the blurred boundaries between digital and the 'real', and the jury has selected artist duo Kihlberg & Henry's Apeirophobic Framework as the best video and the winner of the Channels and FACT competition - watch the film here.
The artists said of the piece: "Apeirophobic Framework explores problematic and poetic possibilities of understanding in relation to ideas of time, future and artistic practice. The term 'Apeirophobia', meaning fear of the future or fear of infinity, is taken as a strategy for approaching an event with simultaneous relationship to its past, present and future, especially where there is a possibility to envisage an infinity. This infinity might be experienced equally in an exhibition of objects, the expanses of the internet or within the loose parameters of language."
The winning team, Kihlberg & Henry, will receive a bursary of £2,000 to support the production of a new piece of work, which will be showcased on national media arts player artplayer.tv and CANVAS, the UK Multi Channel Network for the arts. The winners will also be put forward for exhibiting in Hong Kong as part of ISEA 2016, as well as being invited to join the selection panel for the following year’s competition.
The themes around the increased ubiquity of digital experience stated in the call for submissions were directly inspired by the Human Futures project and related exhibitions, which is an international collaboration between cultural partners in Liverpool, Aarhus, Berlin, Vienna and Montreal, seeking to incite a process of reevaluation in how we conceive our surroundings.
The competition shortlist, ranging from 3D graphic masterpieces and 8mm film to smartphone footage, is showcased on Channels video channel on artplayer.tv. Channels 2015 took place in Melbourne and online from 18 to 27 September 2015 offering ten days of a series of exhibitions, screenings, talks, performances, and workshops disrupting reality, challenging the historical context of video and its future progressions in an increasingly tech-saturated world. All submissions can be watched on a dedicated FACT and Channels YouTube channel.
This year's panel of judges included:
- visual artist Shona Illingworth, who works across sound, film, video, photography, drawing and painting. Her work combines interdisciplinary research (particularly with emerging neuropsychological models of memory and critical approaches to memory studies) with publicly engaged practice
- Sarah Tutton, Senior Curator at Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne
- Rory MacBeth Practicing artist and Head of Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University;
- art collective Soda_Jerk who work with video installations and experimental film based in New York.
You can watch the winning entry by Kihlberg & Henry here.