Sandra Schmid (Video)
Annie Rüfenacht (Music)
The jury of the Giga-Hertz Award 2020 awards the Swiss artist duo Annie Rüfenacht & Sandra Schmid an Honorary Mention. The jury was impressed by their work Kataklasit, with which Rüfenacht & Schmid explore visual and acoustic aspects of stones. Their meticulous approach, bordering on scientificity, uses a microscopic eye and ear to achieve a highly abstract dissolution of the recrystallization processes. The result is a visual surface that traces changes in the structure of the stones which is reflected in multiple, finely graduated and dissected shades of grey, as well as an acoustic surface that illustrates the subliminal nature of the processes by oscillating between field recordings and colored noise. In its overall effect, however, Kataklasit stands out especially for its fine, harmonious and atmospheric overall impression. The double character of the work, between scientificity and abstraction, impressed the jury to a great extent.