Sunday, 12 December 2010

The Turner Prize 2010



The BBC report the 'contact' Camilla had with one of the protesters last week.  This 'news' is headlines on the BBC website.  Am I in the least interested?  No.  Because if it had been you or me who had been surrounded with those involved in an emotional protest, it would never have even made the 24-hour news channels.  We don't matter you see, but royalty does.  In the eyes of some of our politicians.

Thankfully 47 Film, have uploaded the rough cut of the final film Lowlands which was submitted to the Turner Art Committee for judgement. Susan Philipz is the Glasgow born artist who won this year's controversial prize.

I've watched/listened to it once then listened to it once.  It only comes to life for me when I also view the film which was shot under the George V bridge by the River Clyde in Glasgow.  All credit to the film-maker as well as the singer.  It's excellent.  Unsurprisingly not everyone agrees with me.  I did say the Turner Prize was controversial.

14 comments:

Rightwinggit said...

Works.

subrosa said...

Aye it does if you watch the film.

lazaruszine said...

Sort of cute, but it's also sort of detached from the world, I don't think it engages with the politics of the world around it, which to me underscores a certain distance which the art world has with 'normal people.' Emin's bed I love; it challenged ideas of what was 'proper' for womyn to talk about with the used condoms and sanitary pads, but this... it seems recycled, too self-reflexive to be of real worth, especially in a time where there MUST be violently arresting art being produced. For comparison, see Drawing Restraint 9, which also has some wonderful interplay of cinematography and music, but makes a more direct point.

Sheila said...

Agree that the background noises and echoes only add too rather the distract from the music with the addition of the film.

Must have been mighty powerful stuff in situ...

Here's Ian Bell's take in The Herald:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/mobile/comment/ian-bell/beautiful-yes-but-is-it-art-1.1073840

"Can you sculpt in sound? Of course you can. Should you? Based on the rough cut of film I’ve seen, Philipsz has made a thing of resonating beauty, as transient as life and memory, as permanent as death. So the answer to a question remains a question: why not?"

Smoking Hot said...

l have a Picasso and a Stradivarius ... unfortunately Stradivarius couldn't paint and Picasso couldn't make violins.

JRB said...

With apologies.

Having watched the clip, I find it hard to express in words of my own an adequate response to the emotion this piece stirs within.

I can do no better than resort to an expression popularised by that well known earthy, urban, weegie character and legend, Rab C Nesbitt, who in the vernacular of the city would simply describe this as –

“ Wit a load ay keech”

Smoking Hot said...

The Turner Prize should be renamed 'The Emperor's Clothes Prize'. This 'music' that won this year is weak and talentless when compared to the musical talent that is widely available.

subrosa said...

Aye Sheila, I'm sure it works best in situ. Don't see it working in an empty room but that's just my opinion.

subrosa said...

Think a few feel like that SH.

subrosa said...

Awe John,I take it you don't find find it exhilarating or relaxing. :)

Spartan said...

This award is a total p#ss take. lt ain't art and it's not exceptional music either. This garbage about being able to sculptor in music is sheer pap. l could think of 1000's of pieces of music that would dwarf this 'winning piece'.

And Emin? jeez, l started to believe in God when her warehouse burnt down with all her crap!

subrosa said...

But we're told it's 'modern' art Spartan. :)

Smoking Hot said...

Modern art? ... ah yes, that's like saying that a bus is a loaf of bread because it's emblazoned with a Hovis advert.

subrosa said...

Aye it is SH. Not my cup of tea either so I won't be buying a 'print'. ;)

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