KABK student Wiggo Mott wins Cherry Award for Most Surprising Work during Eye Research Labs Festival 2023

18 april 2023

Artscience student Wiggo Mott won Cherry Award for Most Surprising Work with the film Nanook (Fade to Black) during Eye Research Labs Festival 2023. Eye Research Labs Festival took place last weekend at the Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam.

Nanook (Fade To Black) is an algorithmic re-imagination of Robert J. Flaherty's genre-defining documentary Nanook of the North. A code goes through each frame of the movie, calculates the average pixel value (brightness) of the frame and then sorts the frames based on this average brightness, from light to dark.

Photo: Tibor Dieters

The Cherry Pickers (Ada Finci Terseglav (Sandberg Institute), Maria Paula Lis (UvA), Nina Rojc (Piet Zwart Academy), Jiyeon Izzy Lee (Rietveld Academie), Laura Bouman (MIVC Master Institute of Visual Cultures), also awarded the following films and programme: cherry for the surprising work to Kolo by Medina Balesic (Gerrit Rietveld Academy), cherry for the urgent work to Dear Moritz by Sam Koopman (Piet Zwart Institute) and cherry for the best curated program to Come to Life: Movement on Screen (University of Amsterdam).

About Eye Research Labs

Eye Research Labs provide scope for a new generation of curators and artists to hone their skills. Students from different art academies and universities are asked to put together a programme featuring their own work and films from Eye’s collection. Research Labs do not follow a strict format and often result in a cultural crossover between film and other art forms.