The Art Gallery of New South Wales announced today, Thursday 21 May, that artist TV Moore is the winner of the third Anne Landa Award for video and new media arts.
TV Moore’s video installation explores altered states such as hypnosis, group therapy, brainwashing, LSD experiences, trance and sleepwalking.
Moore made an ambitious new multi-part work for the exhibition which includes a mobile sculpture constructed from drummer’s cymbals with sounds of a gurgling bong, while nearby is a massive and heavy cabinet balanced on a wheel rim and stack of CD and Laserdisc players, filled with old monitors playing DVDs, which refer to such pop culture topics as lookalikes impersonating film stars and the mass marketing of the supernatural. It also contains redundant technology including cassette players, a sculpture of Moore made by a blind woman from a verbal description of the artist's appearance given over the phone, a skull, Halloween masks and a medicine ball.
The stand-out work in Moore's ambitious installation is Nina Me and Ricky Jay 2009, a mesmerising video projection of a seemingly stunned Moore singing a Nina Simone song. Moore is compelling in this video yet vulnerable and strangely absent: as he performs under hypnosis he appears to see into another world. In common with many of Moore’s videos it articulates a sense of dislocation and anxiety.
This year’s award winner was selected by Edmund Capon, Director of the Art Gallery of NSW, and Wayne Tunnicliffe, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art.
Timothy Vernon Moore (born 1974, Australia, lives and works in Sydney and L.A.) has been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions in San Francisco, Berlin, The Netherlands and Sydney. He had a major video commission on display at Cockatoo Island as part of Revolutions – forms that turn, the 2008 Biennale of Sydney.
The Anne Landa Award was the first biennial exhibition in Australia for moving image and new media work with an acquisitive award of $25,000. The award was established in honour of Anne Landa, a Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW, who died in 2002. This year independent curator, Victoria Lynn was appointed to curate a themed exhibition.
Entitled Double Take, the exhibition includes the work of both Australian and international artists. The acquisitive part of the award applies only to Australian residents. The artists in this exhibition consider what it means to transform the self into another persona. Artists are: Phil Collins (UK), Cao Fei (People’s Republic of China), Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano (Australia), TV Moore (Australia), Lisa Reihana (New Zealand) and Mari Velonaki (Australia).
Double Take: Anne Landa Award for video and new media arts 2009 is a free exhibition on display at the Art Gallery of NSW until 19 July 2009.
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