Turner Prize 2012

Turner Prize Nominees

I’m sure all the readers here know of the Turner Prize, but in case some don’t I’ll give an overview. The Turner Prize is named after the English Romantic painter J. M. W. Turner (23/04/1775 – 19/12/1851) and is awarded to a British visual artist under the age of 50. Notable previous winners include the likes of Damien Hirst, Rachel Whiteread and Steve McQueen – and this brings us to our interest in an art prize on a film blog. McQueen won in 1999 with his film Deadpan (1997), beating the hugely favourite Tracy Emin, and has since become unarguably one of the best directors of our time with Hunger (2008) and Shame (2011).

This year, two out of the four nominees are film makers and they are definitely worth our attention.

Spartacus Chetwynd: A performance artist known for reworking iconic moments in human history and blurring the lines between performer and spectator.

Paul Noble: The creator of Nobson Newton. Huge drawings in both size and detail of utopian landscapes, but look closer and you see this utopian world is made of excrement.

Elizabeth Price: One of our two film makers, Price is included in the prestigious LUX archive. She is nominated for her film The Woolworths Choir of 1979 (2012) – a mix of archival footage ranging from photographs of church architecture to internet clips of pop performances and centres around news footage from a notorious fire that took place in a Woolworths furniture store in 1979.

Hear Price herself talk about the film here –http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/video/turner-prize-2012-elizabeth-price

Luke Fowler: Luke is the second of our film makers and my pick to walk home with the prize this year. Fowler creates cinematic collages about counter cultural figures with a style reminiscent of the 50s Free Cinema movement. His instalment explores the life and work of Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Lang and is interwoven with both found and new footage. All Divided Selves (2011) is immersive and attempts to both evoke the atmosphere of the era and explores how relationships between individuals and society change through time. Another artist featured on LUX and well worth looking in to.

The exhibition is showing at Tate Britain until January 2013. Get down and check it out.

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