Yael Kanarek awarded Media Arts Fellowship

Yael Kanarek awarded Media Arts Fellowship

Date posted: 2005-04-27 00:00:00

Press Release
April 19, 2004

Contact: Brian Newman
National Video Resources
The Program for Media Artists
New York, NY

National Video Resources is proud to announce the recipients of its Media Arts Fellowships. Awarded annually for 18 years, the Media Arts Fellowships recognize the artistic excellence of 20 film, video and new media artists in the United States with Fellowships of $35,000 each. For the second year, two additional Fellowships of $7,500 each acknowledge emerging artists working in film and video whose work shows exceptional promise.

Since its establishment by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1988, the Fellowships Program has awarded nearly $9.5 million to more than 270 gifted media artists working in the U.S. and is known as one of the most prestigious grants in the media arts. Past recipients have included 2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Ira Sachs (40 Shades of Blue), Arthur Dong (License to Kill) and Cheryl Dunye (Stranger Inside). The full list of Fellows can be found at http://www.MediaArtists.org

Tania Blanich, Director of the Program for Media Artists said, "We are inspired by the breadth of innovation and creativity of this year's Fellows. Whether they are working in film or video or with the new digital technologies, or whether established in their careers or just starting out, these artists redefine and expand our notions of independent media. They represent some of the most talented individuals currently working in the independent media field in the United States."

Brian Newman, Executive Director of National Video Resources, noted that NVR has administered the Fellowships program for the past 10 of its 18 years of continuous support. "These Fellowships recognize the vision of some of the most exciting media artists working today. Often, the Fellowship award represents the crucial 'first money' given in support of a project. We are pleased to continue our support of these film, video and new media artists."

A rotating committee of experts in the independent media field — comprised of artists, scholars, curators and programmers throughout the United States — nominate artists to be considered for the Fellowships. Selected applicants may submit proposals for narrative, documentary, experimental, installation or work that centers on interactive, dynamic media, such as web art, robotics, virtual reality, and interactive installations. A panel of recognized media specialists is then convened to review the quality of the applicant's proposed project as well as consider the caliber of the artist's body of work to date.

National Video Resources (NVR) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1990 by the Rockefeller Foundation. Our goal is to assist in increasing the public's awareness of and access to independently produced media — film and video as well as motion media delivered through the new digital technologies. The Program for Media Artists encompasses a range of activities designed to provide financial and technical assistance to media makers and to encourage the production, distribution and exhibition of independent media in all forms. The cornerstone of the Program's activities is the Media Arts Fellowships. The Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation are key funders of the program.

The names of the 2005 Fellows and brief descriptions of their projects follow. An asterisk * next to the individual's name indicates a recipient of an Emerging Artist Fellowship.

Yael Kanarek
New York, NY

Chapter 3: Object of Desire is a web-based, fictional narrative in English, Hebrew and Arabic that focuses on a mythological relationship between an individual and an uncharted landscape in a parallel world — a relationship developed as a construct of language.

Kanarek is the founder of The Upgrade!, an international network that fosters dialog among artists, curators and educators working with new media.

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