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News / September 20, 2019

Winnipeg Artist Wins the 2019 Emerging Digital Artists Award

Alyssa Bornn is an artist, filmmaker and organizer whose winning work repurposes an old video-subtitling machine to unexpected ends
A still from Alyssa Bornn's <em>MORE, LESS, ABOUT THE SAME</em> (2019). A still from Alyssa Bornn's MORE, LESS, ABOUT THE SAME (2019).

Alyssa Bornn of Winnipeg is the winner of this year’s Emerging Digital Artists Award.

This annual national prize recognizes critical experimentation in digital media. Bornn’s winning artwork, titled MORE, LESS, ABOUT THE SAME (2019), compiles texts on a Videonics Titlemaker 2000, a subtitling machine. The piece creates images along the way as well.

Bornn is an artist, filmmaker and organizer. She holds a BFA from the University of Manitoba, and is a member of Open City Cinema, a co-programmer for the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival and a member in the collective Light Terrors.

The award announcement was made Thursday night at Trinity Square Video in Toronto. An exhibition of works by the winner and finalists—finalists being Colton Hash, Ahreum Lee, Claire Scherzinger and Jordyn Stewart—is on view at TSV until September 28th.

As winner, Bornn receives $5,000. Each of the four other finalists receives $1,000. Both the winner and each of the finalists also receives a production residency at Trinity Square Video. Bornn additionally receives a space in the gallery’s 2020 themed commissions program.