Research Labs Awards Awarded to New Talent

With the annual Research Labs, Eye gives the stage to new makers and curators. During the festive 10th edition on 12 February, the Best, Most Urgent and Most Surprising works were awarded by the Cherry Pickers, a group of students from the participating academies. The winners are Leak (Astrid Ardagh), Enter Amazons (Jemima de Jonge), My Sweet Failure (Pelle Nijburg) and Please Hold (Noah Rook, Elina Lipska and Caitlyn Dijkxhoorn).

By Mariska Graveland16 February 2022

It all started modestly in 2012 and has since grown into an annual one-day festival: on 12 February, Eye Research Labs celebrated its 10th anniversary.

The Eye Research Labs provide space for a new generation of curators and artists to further develop their skills and to meet each other. Students from various art academies and universities are asked to put together a programme with their own work and films from the Eye collection. The Research Labs do not follow a strict format and are often a crossover between film and other art forms.

Academies that participate in the Research Labs are the Sandberg Institute, the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Leiden University, the Royal Academy of Art, the University of Amsterdam, the Piet Zwart Institute, the VR Academy and the Master Institute of Visual Cultures.

Students from the Piet Zwart Institute were awarded the Wild Cherry
Students from the Piet Zwart Institute were awarded the Wild Cherry
The Cherry Pickers awarded Most Urgent Work to Leak by Astrid Ardagh
The Cherry Pickers awarded Most Urgent Work to Leak by Astrid Ardagh

The winners

During the 10th edition, the jury (Cherry Pickers) awarded the Cherries to:

Cherry for Most Urgent Work

Leak (Astrid Ardagh, 3’13”) – Gerrit Rietveld Academie

Cherry for Most Surprising Work

Enter Amazons (Jemima de Jonge, 4’53”) – Royal Academy of Arts

Wild Cherry

My Sweet Failure (Pelle Nijburg, 6’) – Piet Zwart Institute

Cherry for Best Curated Programme

Please Hold (Noah Rook, Elina Lipska en Caitlyn Dijkxhoorn) – Leiden University

Best Curated Programme was awarded to students from Leiden University
Best Curated Programme was awarded to students from Leiden University
Jemima de Jonge's Enter Amazons was named Most Surprising Work
Jemima de Jonge's Enter Amazons was named Most Surprising Work

The Cherry Pickers

The jury (Cherry Pickers) is a group of seven students from the academies and universities participating in the Research Labs and this year consisted of Elio J Carranza (Sandberg Institute), Tessel Schmidt (Piet Zwart Institute), Albert Rosager (Rietveld Academy), Thijs Dekker (Leiden University), Magalic Speicher (Royal Academy of Art), Cody Kenner (University of Amsterdam) and Erin Doherty (Master Institute of Visual Cultures).

The Cherries are designed and printed by artist Tibor Dieters.

campaign image Research Labs 2022 (VRAcademy)

Every year, Eye on Art's Eye Research Labs provide space for a new generation of curators and artists to further develop their skills. The Research Labs do not follow a strict format and are often a cultural crossover between film and other art forms.

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A performance to accompany Switch during Research Labs 2022
A performance to accompany Switch during Research Labs 2022