Prize 2018

The Prize for Excellent RC Exposition 2018 was announced for the 10th International Conference on Artistic Research in Zurich on March 21st. The prize went to Investigations into the Meaning of Pain by Barbara Macek.


The Executive Board of SAR nominated a jury for the prize that included Karst de Jong (The Hague/Barcelona), Leena Rouhiainen, chair (Helsinki) and Michael Schwab (London).


The committee members all familiarized themselves with the submitted eleven eligible proposals. They separately shortlisted the three best. The committee members unanimously agreed that exposition Between Agony and Ecstasy: Investigations into the Meaning of Pain was the best submission. The criteria on which the committee members based their assessment were those mentioned in the announcement of the launch of the SAR annual prize. They related to the chosen exposition being an example of innovative and experimental formats of publication and making visible internationally qualities of artistic research artefacts.


More closely the prize committee commented upon the exposition in the following manner:


Between Agony and Ecstasy is a systematic development from page to page of a fascinating subject. It moves through various layers of ‘cut-ups’ to this very complex page that brings together different voices both in text and image. The exposition is very clear in how it is made and what’s achieved – an alternative order that sits on the back of literature/philosophy not afraid of venturing into a visual territory that may in a different context look like kitsch, but which as the reader engages with the exposition starts to work affectively as well as conceptually. The resolutely developing progression of the elaborate exposition make it distinct. It is rich in content and offers new avenues into the existential qualities of pain. It likewise makes use of the RC platform in simple but productive ways.

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