May 4, 2008 by: Dom
On April 29, 2008, Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) announced the recipients of its 2008 Media Arts Fellowships; the Fellowship program was founded and is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. This year, TFI awarded $715,000 to 22 innovative filmmakers and media artists.
Awarded to filmmakers and media artists whose work is innovative, creative and pushes boundaries, the Fellowships provide support to 22 filmmakers and media artists each year. The Fellowships offer financial support for artists working in the narrative, documentary, experimental, installation and computer-generated media genres. The Media Arts Fellowships recognize the artistic excellence of 20 film, video and new media artists in the United States with cash awards of $35,000 each. The program also awards two additional Fellowships of $7,500 each to emerging film and video artists.
Latent Figure Protocol is an installation in which human DNA samples will be treated in order to produce images. This live scientific experiment will be performed for audiences and recorded for subsequent exhibition. The images created will comment upon issues related to DNA fingerprinting, Eugenic theory and the genetic basis of identity.
Paul Vanouse’s work, which touches upon genetics, identity and history, has been exhibited internationally. He has previously been recognized with awards from Ars Electronica, Creative Capital and New York State Council on the Arts. Vanouse currently teaches in the Department of Art at SUNY in Buffalo.
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