VIS receives two awards from the Society for Artistic Research


Two expositions in VIS – Nordic Journal for Artistic Research have been given awards by the Society for Artistic Research, including the finest award an artistic research exposition can receive: the SAR RC Prize for Best Exposition.

One of the winners of the 2020 SAR RC Prize for Best Exposition is “Reclamation: Exposing Coal Seams and Appalachian Fatalism with Digital Apparatuses” by Ernie Roby-Tomic, published in VIS #4. Using digital satellite topographical data to examine land destruction in the Appalachian Mountains by controversial coal mining techniques, the artist hacks the data to reclaim a fuller economic, cultural and environmental history of the practices – all structured as a winding, mining-like descent into the digital Earth.

Ernie Roby-Tomic is a visual performance artist and musician from West Virginia, currently based in Tromsø in Norway. His exposition was published in the fourth issue of VIS, edited by Trond Lossius and released in October 2020, which has the theme “Affecting Material and Technique”. You can read the whole issue of the journal here.

In addition, another exposition from VIS #4, “Radical Inside” by artist Palle Torsson, was given a runner-up award in the same competition. Palle Torsson is a Stockholm-based artist, hacker and programmer, and uses the possibility of exploratory recontextualization of commercial 3D models to find queer readings of seemingly heteronormative technological applications.