19 January 2010

Interactive Sand-Clock wins art award

 .Ernesto Rios Lanz, Sand-Clock, 2009. Photo credit: Mark Ashkanasy, RMIT Gallery 2009

Ernesto Rios Lanz, Sand-Clock, 2009. Photo credit: Mark Ashkanasy, RMIT Gallery 2009.

RMIT University international student and West Melbourne resident Ernesto Rios Lanz has been awarded a prestigious Siemens-RMIT Fine Art Awards Scholarship.

Mr Lanz, who is a Doctor of Fine Art candidate, won a $7,000 postgraduate scholarship award for his interactive multimedia work, Sand-Clock.

“Time and space have been an essential source of inspiration for my work. In my interactive piece, Sand-Clock, I am using the clock as a powerful and direct metaphor to represent the passing of time,” Mr Lanz said.

“I was interested in creating a tangible experience of something that in essence is relative and intangible. The impossibility of freezing time and changing the speed and direction of it was one of my main inspirations for this work.

“I wish to express through interactive media that time is not absolute and space and time are dynamic quantities. For me, space and time not only affect, but are also affected by everything that happens in our universe.”

Mr Lanz said Sand-Clock was based on touch, inviting the spectator to use the hands as the link of the psyche and soul.

“This then generates the sense of search, uncertainty, self–discovery, pleasure and recognition using sound, natural desert sand and a video projection of a labyrinth and a mechanic clock,” he said.

Mr Lanz plans to use his award to buy art materials, art books and new softwares and tools that that will allow him to continue working and improve his artwork.

Now in their ninth year, the Siemens-RMIT Fine Art Scholarship Awards help RMIT Fine Art students further their careers by assisting their research and production costs.

This year the awards attracted more than 200 entries, with a shortlisted group of 43 artists exhibiting their work at RMIT Gallery. The exhibition ends on 23 January.

Chairman and Managing Director of Siemens Australia and New Zealand, Albert Goller, said: “Education, technology and above all, innovations are the lifeblood at Siemens and we foster a creative environment where ideas can develop and grow. We are proud to support the development of talent each year demonstrating innovative thinking through arts and creativity.”

For high-quality images of the artist and winning work, further information and general media enquiries: RMIT Gallery Media Coordinator, Evelyn Tsitas, (03) 9925 1716, 0418 139 015, or evelyn.tsitas@rmit.edu.au.