3rd Oct – Dec 2012
So which drama-inducing artists has the Turner Prize drummed up for us this year? Someone named Spartacus for a start.
The artist obviously wasn’t christened with such a (daft) name, but in an interview in London Evening Standard, Spartacus Chetwynd claimed she would change her name each time it stopped becoming annoying to everyone. Her work involves carnivalesque performances and sculptural installations in an omnipotently theatrical manner. Check out Jabba the Hutt below with three scantily-clad ladies.
Then there is Paul Noble, who intricately draws scenes from a wholly fictional city. His fiction though, is stranger than a scene in Twin Peaks, with scenes that have previously depicted a hellish heaven with bodies writhing around joyously with one other. Expect dark subject matter, satire and a type of shock that sticks around in your head well after you’ve left the show.
Scottish artist, Luke Fowler immerses audiences in his films which feature found footage with his own material. His work analyses the relationship between individuals and society changes over time and there is a heavy focus on R.D. Laing.
Lastly, looking at the seemingly constant hot topic of consumer culture, filmmaker Elizabeth Price reanimates existing archives using images, texts and musics and other cultural excesses of our modern lives. Expect the immersive again, only with more focus on the virtual.
An exhibition of their work will open at Tate Britain on 2nd October and the winner, chosen by a panel of experts, will be announced on 3rd December 2012. The runners-up each receive £5,000
Tate Britain. Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 4RG.
Opening hours: Sat-Thurs: 10am–6pm; Fri: 10am–10pm.