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Australian experimental curatorial platform Prototype has announced a new three-month season Prototype 2021 featuring nine new short works – including eight world premieres – by 10 international and Australian artists, filmmakers and collectives.

Continuing Prototype’s work redefining the presentation of video art outside the traditional gallery space, this program releases a new short film or moving image weekly, every Wednesday, from 28 April until 23 June 2021 . Works will be published online and issued direct to Prototype subscribers via a free e-newsletter.

Curated by Prototype Founding Director Lauren Carroll Harris , Prototype 2021 showcases the breadth of contemporary video art and film, exploring themes of the anthropocene, counter histories and diasporic storytelling in a diversity of languages: “I’ve always believed that audiences should be able to have well-curated encounters with excellent art whether galleries, cinemas, festivals and museums are open or closed,” explains Lauren Carroll Harris.

Our artists are exploring a diversity of worldviews and artforms, from artist’s films to hybrid investigative documentaries.

“Our new program supports great artists and filmmakers to experiment, cross artistic borders and break creative boundaries, while allowing audiences to access new, cutting-edge, well-curated art, anywhere, anytime. Our artists are exploring a diversity of worldviews and artforms, from artist’s films to hybrid investigative documentaries. Our new season expands the scope of collaborators to a number of respected long-time filmmakers and brilliant overseas artists, reaffirming Prototype as an internationally recognised platform for video art and experimental film of intellectual curiosity and discovery."

Alongside the core digital presentation, a number of in-person screenings of the newly released works will be presented at Melbourne’s ACMI during the three-month season, including the Prototype 2021 launch event on Tuesday 27 April 2021. This ticketed event features a panel discussion with curator Lauren Carroll Harris and acclaimed Australian filmmaker Samantha Lang , alongside an exclusive in-person premiere screening of Lang’s work Brown Lake and works from Prototype’s archive by UK-based Sam Smith and acclaimed Canberra documentary-maker Robert Nugent .

Established in 2019 with partner Arcadia Films, Prototype has since commissioned and exhibited more than 20 experimental video works from living artists and filmmakers across the world. Dedicated to the non-institutional, independent curation of overlooked forms and new thinking, Prototype positions video art as public art by thinking through digital space as public space. The full program of ticketed physical screenings for Prototype 2021 will be announced in the coming months.

Discover the 2021 season at: youaretheprototype.art

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