Rana Hamadeh (DAI, 2009) is the winner of one of the 3 Grants for Media Art 2021 of the Foundation of Lower Saxony at the Edith-Russ-Haus. The Jury, consisting among others of Cosmin Costinas and Emily Pethick, was particularly interested in Rana's attempt to rework historical materials to address contemporary questions and, while doing so, to experiment with visual languages to establish a new vocabulary connecting new technologies and mythologies. She will develop her proposed work, Just Machines, a multichannel video installation, throughout 2021 as part of the umbrella project The Destiny Project.

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The artist writes: “The project is particularly invested in examining the production, consumption, circulation, and articulation of ‘desire’ within the contemporary global public discourse. It attunes itself to the economies, technologies, and destinies/destinations of ‘public desire’ as manifested in fields such as finance, AI, predictive analytics, and the emergent practices surrounding algorithmic justice.”

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