Today art is part of social change, hence the message. For the first time, the jury only shortlisted groups.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, the coveted Turner Prize will be presented in Coventry. The prize, which was launched in 1984 and named after British painter Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851) and £25,000 (29,600 euros), has a special feature this year: for the first time, only Artists are collectively shortlisted by the jury. Even in terms of its programmatic orientation, this year the selection is more political and diverse than ever.
The art in the ivory tower was genius yesterday, today art is part of social change, a message. You can choose Belfast array mass, london artist collective black obsidian sound systemMILF London Duo Cooking Section, a project started in Cardiff by artists, community activists, writers and others mild/radical as well as collective Project Art Works from Hastings. His multidisciplinary practice includes films, installations and interdisciplinary exercises. Collaboration with a variety of social groups is an integral part of this work.
Array stands for collaborative works by artists and activists and “questions the traditional identity associated with Northern Ireland in a playful way that combines performance, protest, ancient mythology, photography, installation and video”, Herbert Art in Coventry The gallery and museum has been named since the end of September as the location where the works of the nominees are on view. For his performance he created the immersive installation “Druithab Ball”, in which mythology meets black humour. It is “a place to gather outside the sectarian divisions that have dominated the collective memory of Northern Ireland for the past hundred years”.
London-based Black Obsidian Sound System (BOSS) was founded in 2018 to “bring together a community of queer, trans and non-binary black people and people of color engaged in art, sound and radical activism”. They also create an immersive environment that combines film, lighting, music, but also sculpture or radio broadcasting to create space and attention for marginalized groups.
The Culinary Arts section, founded in 2013 in London by Daniele Fernandez Pascual and Alon Schwabe, tackles the effects of intensive food production on the environment. “With site-specific installations, performance and film, they explore the overlapping boundaries between art, architecture, ecology and geopolitics,” it says. In their audio and film installation for Coventry, they show the environmental impact of a salmon farm in Scotland.
Gentle/Radical was founded in 2017 as a collaborative cultural project in Cardiff’s Riverside District. “This includes community workers, conflict resolution coaches, religious preachers, gender equality practitioners, youth activists, farm workers, writers and artists,” their presentation said. His work above all documents his networking with a wide variety of communities in which the ideas of a more just unity are developed and realized. In some cases, the old, almost lost Welsh culture is used.
Lastly, Project Art Works works at the interface between art and care and organizes events and projects that promote greater visibility and understanding of neurodiversity in culture. In Coventry he not only worked on-site with relevant artists and groups, but also showcased his own collection of more than 4,000 works: “The collection embodies the visible traces of those who are otherwise hidden in the world.”
Past Turner Prize winners have included Anish Kapoor, Damien Hirst, Rachel Whiteread, Antony Gormley and Susan Phillips. Pauline Black, vocalist of the popular Coventry-based band The Selector, will announce who has been chosen as the 2021 Turner Prize winners by a jury headed by Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson on Wednesday at 7.15pm at Coventry Cathedral. The BBC will broadcast the event live.
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