Prototype 2021 – digital presentation of moving image and short films

Curated by Lauren Carroll Harris, the collective also comprises Alexandra Burke and Georgina Wills.
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Until 14 July 2021

Prototype is a digital platform that commissions artists’ moving image and experimental short film. Its focus is on engaging and expanding audiences outside traditional galleries, theatres and festivals, through innovative, digital exhibitions and lively arts writing.

Since its foundation in 2019 with partner Arcadia Films, Prototype has commissioned and exhibited more than 20 experimental video works from living artists and filmmakers across the world. For more detail and to subscribe to the weekly free newsletter visit:

Barbie speaks with Lauren Carroll Harris about Prototype 2021

Wednesday 26 May 2021
Untitled project by Raqs Media Collective. 2020 had 28 of the planet’s fastest days on record since 1960, with the Earth rotating on its axis at an unusually fast speed. Fresh from curating last year’s Yokohama Triennale, renowned New Delhi-based Raqs Media Collective respond to the curiousness of the current global pandemic, combining images from this period of faster time with material shot in the University of Champaign Urbana’s Kolb-Proust Archive to meditate on what it means to have time go faster, even when time feels lost. 

Wednesday June 2 2021
Underwater Instagram stories project by Jess Herrington. In a Prototype first, Australian digital artist and designer Jess Herrington will present a series of three digital screen works, exhibited in the form of Instagram filters, that allow audiences to inhabit an underwater life in an acidic ocean warmed by climate change. This immersive, sensory commission of digital screen art deepens Prototype’s curation, exploring the Instagram filter function as a site for new digital art.

Wednesday 9 June 2021
Say Swear: This is one way we can find each other if we ever get lost by Justine Youssef and Leila El Reyes. Western Sydney artists Justine Youssef and Leila El Reyes collaborate with community residents in the region to create Say Swear, which subverts the format of the Mortal Kombat video game to explore queer, female and non-binary Arab identities in Sydney’s Western ‘area’ subcultures.

Wednesday 16 June 2021
Is anyone coming to dinner? by Audrey Lam. Melbourne-based filmmaker Audrey Lam, a member of the highly regarded Artists’ Film Workshop, presents a diary portrait following the seven-year-old child, Yoki, in a multilingual Japanese-German-Australian family in the months following the birth of his brother. This instinctive piece of personal storytelling captures a child’s way of seeing the world through rhythm, feeling and vivid images of childhood growth and familial connection. In Japanese and English.

Wednesday 23 June 2021
Missing by Allison Chhorn. Adelaide filmmaker Allison Chhorn (NYFF 2020) visualises Cambodian-American poet Monica Sok’s poem Letter to the Moon Regarding False Intimacy with an intimate fictional drama of a mother and daughter separated by geography. Shot across Australia, the USA and Canada, Missing springs from research into the Facebook group “Missing People from the Khmer Rouge,” where diaspora members still search for Cambodian family members missing since the genocide. Featuring Monica Sok; in Khmer and English.

Wednesday 30 June 2021
La Maruja by Pilar Mata Dupont. Rotterdam-based Australian-Argentian artist Pilar Mata Dupont visits her family’s history, digging into the mysteries of ancestry and matriarchy. Influenced by director Lucrecia Martel, Pilar imagines her extended family members as absent protagonists and Argentina’s complicated and violent history as a backdrop against which to unpack themes of motherhood and trauma, colonial dread and alienation. In Spanish and English.

Wednesday 7 July 2021
A new and different sun by Jodie Whalen. Presented online for the first time after premiering at Carriageworks, Sydney as part of NO SHOW in March 2021, Australian artist Jodie Whalen’s A new and different sun is a luminous, hyper-emotional vision of horizonless clouds made pink and violet by the light of dusk that suggests a surrender to love and nature. 

Wednesday 14 July 2021
Untitled project by Malena Szlam. Respected Chilean film director and moving image maker Malena Szlam (winner 58th MIFF Shorts Awards) considers our sense of place in a hypnotic, abstracted moving image work of horizons, mountains and natural forms.