YouTube artist on Turner Prize list


Will Gompertz tells Simon McCoy non-traditional forms of art have been selected in the shortlist (Pictured: Duncan Campbell)

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A video artist who uses YouTube clips, a print-maker and an artist who pairs spoken word with photography are among this year's Turner Prize nominees.

Duncan Campbell, James Richards, Ciara Phillips and Tris Vonna-Michell are on the shortlist for the prestigious and provocative contemporary art prize.

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Turner Prize, and true to its non-conformist nature, there are unlikely to be any oil paintings or figurative sculptures on display at the 2014 exhibition”

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Between them, they employ audio, video, craft and design - but there are no traditional painters or sculptors.

The winner, who will receive £25,000, will be named on 1 December.

Tate Britain director Penelope Curtis, who chairs the jury, admitted this year's Turner nominees were "less well known" than in previous years.

"They are serious works, they have quite a political or social commitment," she said at Thursday's shortlist announcement.

"It's perhaps less fun but I hope that we can do the job in communicating why these works are important and have caught the imagination of many people over the last 12 months."

Lizzie Carey-Thomas, Tate Britain's curator of contemporary art, said the shortlist was "more accessible" than in past years.

"It's not art about art, it's art about the world and other subjects everybody has experience of and can relate to."

Internet impact

The nomination announcement said the four artists' methods "suggest the impact of the internet, cinema, TV and mobile technologies on a new generation of artists".

Curtis said they shared "a strong international presence and an ability to adapt, restage and reinterpret their own and others' works, very often working in a collaborative social context".

BBC News arts editor Will Gompertz suggested that the four all "make work that is in some way shape or form, a collage".

He said: "This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Turner Prize, and true to its non-conformist nature, there are unlikely to be any oil paintings or figurative sculptures on display at the 2014 exhibition."

The nominees are:

Duncan Campbell

Dublin-born, Glasgow-based Duncan Campbell is nominated for a video that was part of Scotland's entry in last year's Venice Biennale.

Duncan Campbell's It Others

His film, It for Others, is a reflection on a remarkable historical documentary about African art made by the French filmmakers Chris Marker and Alain Resnais in 1953.

It also includes a stunning dance sequence created with choreographer Michael Clark.

Campbell studied at the Glasgow School of Art. The city has produced four of the last nine Turner Prize winners.

Scotland takes on the Venice biennale

Ciara Phillips

Canada-born print-maker Ciara Phillips is another Glasgow-based nominee.

Ciara Phillips' work from The Showroon

She has been shortlisted for a two-month project at The Showroom gallery in north-west London, where she set up a temporary print studio and invited artists, designers, and local women's groups to produce new screen prints.

She also set up The Poster Club, a collective of like-minded artists, in Glasgow in 2010, and creates screenprints, textiles, photographs and wall paintings.

The Scotsman wrote last year: "Phillips is a brilliant print maker who imbues the medium with a freshness that is remarkable, in posters, prints and textiles."

James Richards

James Richards pieces together apparently unrelated clips from a wide variety of sources - including YouTube, VHS tapes from charity shops, other artists' films and footage he has shot himself.

James Richards' Rosebud

In one video, the Cardiff-born artist spliced together a clip of Heather Langenkamp in Nightmare on Elm Street with a girl drawing an eye in an instructional video and footage of space, all of which shared the same zoom speed.

He has been shortlisted for a 13-minute black-and-white video that was part of a group show at the Venice Biennale.

The Turner Prize citation said he created "poetic meditations on the pleasure, sensuality and the voyeurism that is within the act of looking".

Tris Vonna-Michell

Tris Vonna-Michell explores methods of storytelling, combining spoken word performances, recorded narration, slide-shows and printed photographs.

His nomination is for an installation at the Jan Mot gallery in Brussels that used two slide projections and an audio narration relating to his mother's childhood in Berlin.

Tris Vonna-Mitchell Postscript II

Another graduate of Glasgow School of Art, his work was last seen in the UK at the Baltic gallery in Gateshead, with an installation inspired by the National Trust's nearby Gibside property.

His "fragments of information, detours and repetitions designed to confuse and enlighten in equal measure", the Turner nomination said.

The Turner Prize is open to British contemporary artists under the age of 50. The nominees will be on show at the Turner Prize Exhibition at Tate Britain from 30 September.

Last year's winner was Laure Prouvost, who created a video installation about the disappearance of her contemporary artist grandfather.


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  • rate this

    Comment number 247.

    Not really worth a HYS.

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    Comment number 246.

    Good to see appropriation and the remix being recognised at this level, although seems a little behind the times for the Tate 'artist remixing youtube as art' surly this is old news of the 2000s, I was remixing youtube back in 2006 - and moved on along time ago to other forms of remix and appropriation e.g. knowledge sharing, remixing, open & free education

  • Comment number 245.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 244.

    Ha,ha,ha,ha. Brilliant made my day.

    What would one consider as fair remuneration, for parting with such a historically important work of art, as "Whistler's Mother & Bobba Fett's Battle at the Saalac".Name your price,and I will speak to my broker..

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    Comment number 243.

    We visited the Arnolfini a few years ago and walking round came across a step ladder, bucket and mop.

    To this day we are still not sure whether they were an exhibit.

    This to me sums up modern art.

    Nature is still the best artist!

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    Comment number 242.

    134.billy goat gruff

    @119 "This is not a pipe".......

    The statement is correct, it is not a pipe. It is a picture of a pipe.
    No, it is a statement about a picture of a pipe.

  • rate this

    Comment number 241.

    Often there's an element of the Emperor's Clothes about this sort of stuff - while some of it can be quite clever and amusing.

    My rule of thumb is that if I enjoy it (or can appreciate why others might enjoy it) and couldn't do it myself then it passes muster - a lot of the 'paint-flicking' stuff doesn't pass muster.

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    Comment number 240.

    239. Armchair Warrior

    You are a man of excellent taste Jimbo :)
    I just know art when I see it. Would be nice to have a copy. Would go well with my "Whistler's Mother & Boba Fett's Battle at the Saalac"

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    Comment number 239.


    You are a man of excellent taste Jimbo :)

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    Comment number 238.

    Yeah - its all a con,for the dim-witted and self-absorbed to claim they "are in" or "know" art. A means for the vast majority of talentless artists to make money - and the unscrupulous sellers of art to make a mint too.

    It is not "matter of opinion" or "to create a reaction is art" - this is all just BS.

    ooh ... maybe could be renamed the "Salmond" ?

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    Comment number 237.

    This stuff represents a level of nonsense that would put the emperor’s new clothes to shame
    Further fuelled by all the luvies who select this stuff because they would have us believe that they have a level of taste and artistic appreciation that is absent in the common man

    Truth is its all an attempt to dupe the latter into parting with wads of cash for something that is essentially nothing

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    Comment number 236.

    Is news such as this seriously worth reporting on this site? An Arts site, maybe, but not here.

    Trivia such as this have become symptomatic of all that is going wrong at the BBC, and it leaves me wondering just what kind of lives those who think this is a viable subject for reasoned debate lead, and how old they are.

    The saying "get yourself a life" springs to mind.

  • rate this

    Comment number 235.

    There's nothing finer in life than painting and a roller and emulsion is best of all.

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    Comment number 234.

    31 Minutes ago
    Not pretending I understand all this but it's surely not as big a farce as the eurovision song contest which should have been scrapped 20 years ago.


    V Putin has really made a big mistake by creating all that fuss. Russia is bound not to win.

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    Comment number 233.

    I don't know about the others, but what I do know is that I want to see "Haywain vs Flying Saucers" in the nominations!

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    Comment number 232.

    Art is what you want it to be. I think these things mentioned are guff pure and simple but hey I don't get my knickers in a twist. Some say the Kelpies next to the M9 are a waste of money. I think they are magnificent however; it's all about personal choice.
    I might have a crack at this comp next year mind..

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    Comment number 231.

    Is it art? who knows.

    If the BBC wants comments please can we have an HYS on something people feel relevent to todays important stories?

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    Comment number 230.

    218. AliBenSawali

    Ummm... Craft is art? So "craftsmen"are artists... If something is man made then there is an artistic element to it otherwise it couldn't exist?

    Some might argue that "it's engineering" but simply designing something is an artistic act...

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    Comment number 229.

    Why settle 2nd best for a painting when you could have a photograph?

    Phil E. Stein

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    Comment number 228.

    I don't think Turner would've been impressed by this year's awards.
    I also think UK doesn't value art enough.
    Continental schools teach more art, but also other subjects in a more creative way- improves academic standards and independent thinking/observation too.
    PISA blamed UK's narrow, rigid state run curric. for our falling academic levels
    No surprise the Mail etc. hates art in education.


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