PRESS THE ENGINE ROOM 2017 WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT MORLEY GALLERY
The winners of this year’s Engine Room International Sound Art Competition were announced at the exhibition’s private view, held at Morley Gallery on 3 May 2017.
First Prize was awarded to UK artist Laura Daly for her work “Shadowland”, an installation that reflects on the strength of human spirit in the face of adversity and which is inspired by the destruction of Cambodia’s Sbek Thom shadow puppet theatre at the hands of the Khmer Rouge.
Second Prize was awarded to “Year in Review”, a work by the UK’s George Cloke that is designed to confront listeners with the normalisation of atrocities through sound samples from a year’s worth of radio news bulletins.
Third Prize was awarded to US artist Nolan Lem for “Autonomous Sense Object”, which uses the phenomenon of ASMR to ask us to reassess our relationship tosound through the dialectics of power and control.
Commenting on the 2017 competition, First Prize winner Laura Daly said: “The breadth and scope of The Engine Room’s finalists represent an exciting picture of what is happening in sound art. Situating new works on an international platform, it’s a great opportunity for emerging sound artists to raise their profile and engage with practitioners from different parts of the world. To be selected as a finalist amongst such strong contenders and thengiven first prize for ‘Shadowland’ is a great honour and I’m looking forward to building on this achievement.”
This year’s competition attracted 177 entries from 30 countries worldwide, and was judged by The Wire publisher Tony Herrington, sound artist and composer Dr Annie Mahtani, and sound artist Janek Schaefer.
The 20 entries that were shortlisted for the final are now on display at Morley Gallery, with a number of other pieces that received special mentions from the judges being displayed in the Cardew Space as part of The Engine Room Jukebox 2017.
The Engine Room is an initiative by Morley College, London, continuing Morley’s legacy as a leading centre for experimental music and sound art. As well as the competition exhibition, the College will be hosting a range of related events, including talks, performances and taster sessions at both the Morley College site and the nearby IKLECTIK Art Lab.
The Engine Room Exhibition runs from 4 May until 1 June, and public entry to Morley Gallery is free.
Opening hours are as follows:
Monday – Friday: 11:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 12:00 – 16:00
Sundays and bank holidays: Closed