2019 Finalists

Alyssa Bornn MORE, LESS, ABOUT THE SAME (2019)

Alyssa Bornn MORE, LESS, ABOUT THE SAME (2019) Video, 7:30

MORE, LESS, ABOUT THE SAME is a compilation of notebook fragments approximating a confession or the act of confiding, written and sequenced on the Videonics Titlemaker 2000. Bornn uses a piece of equipment designed to subtitle video input as both a machine for writing as well as a way to animate text and ‘images’. Rather than a textual accompaniment to visual input, the artist’s texts are the visual input. In this, she plays with the process of animation and things that could be more easily accomplished in another way.

Alyssa Bornn is an interdisciplinary artist, experimental filmmaker, and organizer based in Winnipeg. 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.


Colton Hash Acoustic Turbulence (2019)

Colton Hash Acoustic Turbulence (2019) Interactive Data Art Application

Acoustic Turbulence is an interactive data art application that presents visualizations of underwater noise generated from large marine vessels. Photographic elements are animated to create a cinematic scene of ships passing through coastal waterways. Below the ocean surface are visceral sounds and abstract renderings of anthropogenic noise pollution. Viewers choose between these divided realms, traversing the separation of our visually oriented perception and the acoustic experience of marine organisms.

Colton Hash is an artist who currently resides as an uninvited guest on Lekwungen territories of Vancouver Island. Hash holds 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 Memory Palace (2019)

Ahreum Lee Memory Palace (2019) Video, 17:30

Memory Palace is an autobiographical screencast video that centres on Ahreum Lee’s relationship with her estranged mother, who she has only communicated with electronically since the age of 10. The last news the artist received about her mother was through her father, who reported she had died in 2014 – news that the artist has discovered is untrue. This work documents Lee’s experience in verifying her mother is, in fact, still alive.

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 the experimental art-rock band Juck Juck Grunzie. She is currently completing her MFA in Intermedia at Concordia University.


Claire Scherzinger The Last Ansible Transmission (2018)

Claire Scherzinger The Last Ansible Transmission (2018) Video, 20:00

In The Last Ansible Transmission, viewers are invited to suspend disbelief as they encounter visions of a world that are supposedly happening in real time. Wandering probes capture sweeping shots of an imaginary jungle and scenes of otherworldly foliage, challenging where fact and fiction coalesce. Modelled and shot entirely in the video gaming software Unreal Engine, the work brings together gaming narrative and visual arts practice to draw viewers in, prompting an exploration of the imaginary.

Claire Scherzinger is an interdisciplinary artist who currently lives in Victoria, BC. She 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.


Jordyn Stewart Landscape Technician (2019)

Jordyn Stewart Landscape Technician (2019) Video, 20:00

Landscape Technician is a performance document that deftly employs Chroma keying technology to juxtapose the artificial and the real embedded within nature, place, and identity. Stewart takes a self-reflective approach in revisiting familiar sites that have informed her understanding of the regional landscape, revealing their human-made, maintained, and manicured qualities. In grappling with nature as a constructed experience, the artist acknowledges her skewed understanding of place.

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, and is a recent MFA graduate from the University of Waterloo.