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Ithaca College's Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival 2011 Announces Winners of 'Digital Checkpoints'

 ITHACA, NY — “The Texas Border” by Joana Moll (USA/Spain) won the cash Jury Prize of $250 in “Digital Checkpoints,” the juried new media competition sponsored by Ithaca College’s Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival 2011. Artists were invited to submit a digital video designed for online exhibition that best engaged “Checkpoints,” FLEFF 2011’s programming stream. Sharon Lin Tay (UK/Singapore) and Dale Hudson (United Arab Emirates/USA) served as curators for “Digital Checkpoints.”

The two judges, artist Carlos Motta (USA/Colombia) and artist and scholar Sharon Daniels (USA), cited the piece for negotiating the complexities and contradictions of the Texas-Mexico border, one of the primary arenas of the United States’ Global War on Terror as it has been mediated through satellite-image display software and online surveillance cameras.

Motta and Daniels also singled out Swiss artist Matthieu Cherubini for special recognition for his “Afghan War Diary,” which focuses on Afghanistan, another major arena of the GWOT. In addition, the judges recognized three pieces by Owen Mundy (United States/Germany) as notable achievements in exploring the “Checkpoints” theme. Among Mundy’s works was “Camp LaJolla,” an investigation of the U.S. military-industrial complex.

Other works in “Digital Checkpoints” included:
• “The Maiden Voyages Project” by Valerie Hird (USA)
• Three pieces by Paolo Cirio (Italy)
• “The Monsantra Project” by Wendy DesChene (Canada) and Jeff Schmuki (United States)
• “The Art-Qaeda Project” by Wei-Ming Ho (Taiwan)
• “Your Life, Our Movie” by Fernando Velázquez (Uruguay)
• “Infinite Glitch” by Ben Baker-Smith (United States)

Sharon Daniel is a professor of film and digital media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. A researcher who collaborates with local and online communities, Daniel has published essays in “Leonardo” and “Sarai Reader.” Daniel’s work has been exhibited at numerous venues, including the University of Paris, Dutch Electronic Arts Festival and the Lincoln Center Festival.

Carlos Motta (Colombia/USA) is a multidisciplinary artist who attempts to create counter narratives that recognize the inclusion of suppressed histories, communities, identities and ideologies. He has presented his work at solo exhibitions at MoMA/PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Berlin’s Hebbel am Ufer, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and Bogotá’s Museo de Arte del Banco de la República.

For more information on “Digital Checkpoints” and on FLEFF, visit /fleff/digitalcheckpoints.

Launched in 1997 as an outreach project from Cornell University’s Center for the Environment at Cornell University, the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival was moved permanently to Ithaca College in 2005. It is housed in the Office of the Provost as a program to link intellectual inquiry and debate to larger global issues.