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MONA SCHOLARSHIP

2012 RECIPIENT PIP STAFFORD
EXHIBITION OPENING

2013 RECIPIENT
ANNOUNCEMENT

For more than a decade, the Museum of Old and New Art has offered an art prize for up and coming Tasmanian artists. Growing steadily over the past 11 years, the Mona Scholarship prize now totals $12,500.

Emerging Tasmanian artists can apply to Mona for the prize, but there is no cash - the money is for making art.

It is to be used to buy materials and equipment for an exhibition at MONA, 12 months after receiving the Scholarship. That exhibition is held at the MONA Library Gallery, with one piece selected for inclusion in MONA’s permanent collection. The remainder of the works can be sold to the public, with the artist keeping the profit.

As of 2012, the MONA Scholarship has awarded 14 Tasmanian artists $175,000. 

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2012 MONA SCHOLARSHIP EXHIBITION
A RAT’S NEST by PIP STAFFORD

WHEN Friday 27 September 2013 – November 25, 2013
OPENING 6PM Thursday 26 September 2013
WHERE MONA Library Gallery, Museum of Old and New Art, 655 Main Road Berriedale, Hobart, Tasmania

Mona Scholarship 2012 recipient Pip Stafford is a media artist based in Hobart, Tasmania. Her practice explores the materiality of networks, systems, communication and ritual and her work can be seen in the form of installation, sound, performance, video, online and printed matter.

She graduated from the University of Tasmania, School of Art, with a BFA Hons in 2011 and her work has been shown at CAST Gallery, PICA, Inflight ARI and as part of the Next Wave Festival. She has been artist in residence at CESTA, Czech Republic and Casula Powerhouse, Sydney.

In 2013 she produced Networked Art Forms and Tactical Magick Faerie Circuits and is the recipient of the MONA Scholarship. She is one-half of Taxonomy Publishing, with Scot Cotterell, has collaborated on projects with Amy Spiers and the League of Imaginary Scientists and was the co-founder of ONO Project.

‘A RAT’S NEST’ BY PIP STAFFORD
Sept 27 – Nov 25, 2013
MONA Library Gallery

“… a slightly tarnished machine, covered with silver knobs and gleaming switches, nestled in a rat’s nest of intricate cabling, sat blinking feverishly, stuck in an infinite loop of consume and recycle.” - Kim Cascone, Ten Years of Not Being There, Vague Terrain 15: .microsound, 2009.

‘A Rat’s Nest’ is an experiment in progress; an installation that unfolds and explores the relationship between sound and form, chaos and control, warp and weft.

It consists of crystal, radios, amplifiers, antennae and crystals grown in response to the space, A Rat’s Nest makes audible the electromagnetic frequencies that surround us. The crystal radios are spider-forms for creating delicate sounds and for exploring the frequency of rocks; crunching, folding, crackling noises are sourced from the space they inhabit. The crystals are a foil; fragile indices of liquid and solid form, the potential for the crystalline structures dissolving and sliding away from one another is real.

The work uses fragile and shifting materials to explore notions and actualities of chaos, control and equilibrium. It is a volatile ecology. ‘A Rat’s Nest’ is also site for a performance, performed by the artist, which uses the crystal radios to generate an ephemeral sound work, which will then continue, uncontrolled, for the duration of the exhibition.

MONA SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS 2001- 2012
2001: PHAEDRA BROTHERS - Painter
2002: ANDREW EVANS - Sculptor
2003: KATHRYN FALUDI BALL - Photographer
2004: PHILIP MCKAY - Painter
2005: ALAN YOUNG - Painter
2007: REBECCA COOTE - Sculptor, glass
2007: ROB O’CONNOR - Painter
2008: ALICIA KING - Bio-artist
2008: JAMES NEWITT - Time Based Media
2009: SARA WRIGHT - Ceramicist
2009: JUDITH ABELL - Sculptor
2010: CATH ROBINSON - Installation/Sound artist
2010: SONIA HEAP - Installation artist working in dress
2011: ALYSSA SIMONE - Digital Media
2012: PIP STAFFORD - Media artist
2013: To be announced on Thursday 26 September 2013 at MONA