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Zaum Tractor at 56th Biennale of Venice: All the World's Futures

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Zaum Tractor is a 2-screen video work filmed throughout Southern Russia as part of the artists’ 3-month residency in Rostov-on-Don. Zaum Tractor addresses notions of freedom and collectivity - contradictory forces within contemporary Russia - sweeping past tractor races, church bells, river barges and the ceremonies of modern-day cossacks.

Throughout, a series of individuals perform zaum, the experimental performance poetry of the Russian Futurists that avoids fixed meanings to reveal the pure sound and wild rhythms of language. One hundred years after its invention, zaum is performed here in front of symbolic Constructivist Soviet architecture, presenting a clash between past and present, the rational and the transrational.

56th Biennale of Venice: All the World's Futures
9 May - 22 November 2015
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Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award

Zaum Tractor, Battle for the Future, an editioned archival print from the video Zaum Tractor has been selected for the finalist exhibition of the 2015 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. The finalists were selected by Melbourne-based curator, writer and Senior Research Fellow at the Victorian College of the Arts, Natalie King. 

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2015 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award
Finalist exhibition
28 March – 31 May 2015
Gold Coast City Gallery
Queensland Australia


We Are Printers Too at Gold Coast City Gallery

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Sonia Leber & David Chesworth's We Are Printers Too has been selected winner of the 2014 Gold Coast Art Prize.

'Communications technology shapes our world but the artists’ video of an abandoned newspaper building shows how far and fast technology moves; yesterday’s high-tech is today’s junk. In trashed offices and workshops, the artists discover all manner of redundant communication technologies: rotary dial telephones, Morse code devices, Linotype machines, ticker tapes. They show that the urgency of communication has shaped innovation, economics and social experience for almost two centuries. I was struck by the artists’ eye for detail; there isn’t a scene in which there isn’t a label, a sign or a meter … a reminder that, even before internet mobile phones, our entire environment was flooded with communications. In the end, the work isn’t just an elegy for the printing press; it’s a reminder that communication is our life blood.'
- Judge, Dr Chris McAuliffe

2014 Gold Coast Art Prize
Finalist exhibition
6 December 2014 to 8 February 2015
Gold Coast City Gallery
135 Bundall Rd Surfers Paradise 
Queensland Australia
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We Are Printers Too wins Screengrab6 International Media Art Prize

Sonia Leber and David Chesworth were selected as the winners of the 6th Screengrab International Media Arts Award for their 2013 video work We Are Printers Too.

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Judge José Da Silva explained that he selected Leber and Chesworth’s work, “because it is a fascinating exploration of sound and communication, and a decidedly moving ode to lost forms of communication.” “I kept returning to Leber and Chesworth’s work, increasingly feeling that it had made the most thoughtful, well resolved and even challenging contribution to the award's theme of ‘Velocity’, that curator Mitch Goodwin eloquently describes in his catalogue essay as ‘the comings and goings of objects, the rhizomatic fever of life – of memories and of perception – is the stuff of both nature and the machine but also the stuff of change – of a compelling need to move forward, at pace’.”
- Judge, José da Silva, the Senior Curator of Australian Cinémathèque Curatorial and Collection Development for the Queensland Art Gallery

6th Screengrab International Media Arts Award
Finalist Exhibition
20 September - 26 October 2014
Pinnacles Gallery, Riverway 
Townsville Australia
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