Monday, 2 July 2012

Winner of the Afterall Award 2012: Mario D'Agostino

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Afterall Award 2012 is Mario D'Agostino.

From a selection of seven students, Mario was chosen by a panel from Afterall including publishing director for Afterall, Caroline Woodley, managing editor for Afterall Online, Melissa Gronlund, and editorial assistant for Afterall Online, Helena Vilalta.

Afterall undertakes contemporary art research within the academic framework of Central Saint Martins and its educational and cultural partner institutions. It aims to make this research widely available to a variety of audiences through its books, journal, online articles, seminars and symposia. Afterall is committed to the idea that art, and writing on art, should be independent of the commercial art market and engaged with broad educational, cultural, social and political ideas.

Afterall has given Mario a chance to develop his skills by contributing to Afterall Online. Afterall will also provide editorial support and feedback, as well as an award of £300.

Below you can see some of Mario's works and a brief statement on the influence on writing on his work:

Promotional poster for film, Dr Dale and the W.H.A.L.E. Betrayal, 2012.

                        Dr. Dale and the W.H.A.L.E. Betrayal Trailer from Jake or Mario on Vimeo.

'I currently work within two collaborations: as a part of SALT, producing publications and organising events with Hannah Clayden and Simon Bramley, and making short films and other things with Jake Caleb – although there tends to be a massive overlap between these ways of working, seeming as the group of us spend a lot of time together and frequently discuss ideas and help each other out.  Writing collaboratively has been something that has featured heavily in the recent projects I’ve been involved with, for example: working on absurd sci-fi scripts for Squeed and Dr. Dale and the W.H.A.L.E. Betrayal with Jake, and the script for SALT and ARK’s recent Future Tours performance. For Afterall I’ve proposed to write about the uses and histories of allegorical figures such as cannibals and zombies in mainstream and exploitation cinema, and how these figures link to different countercultures and communities, as this involves a lot of things which inform the work I collaborate on, and which I’m really excited to try and develop open dialogue and discussion around.'

Mario D'Agostino, 2012

Please contact for a viewing copy of the film Dr.Dale and the W.H.A.L.E Betrayal.

Future Tours, SALT in collaboration with ARK, 2012

To see more of Mario's work, please visit his website at:

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