The Turner Prize 2014
Monday 12 May 2014
The Turner Prize
The Turner Prize is always a barometer of the times. This doesn't mean it's what we want to see or that it's neccessarily good art, but it is indicative of what is happening in the art world right now. As IB art intends to broaden the scope and embrace more emerging media it might be useful to look at the current Turner Prize nominees as a gauge of current art making trends. In the case of these four artists, Emerging Media involves approriation, gathering, collating and recombining existing material into something new.
The Shortlisted Artists 2014
There isn't a painter or sculptor in the traditional sense among them. All four artists are difficult to categorize, using techniques that include film, storytelling, youtube clips, spoken word, photocopies, found images, slide projections, installation and screenprinting. You could say that they are all collagists, often using appropriated images and films they have physically discovered or found online rather than images created directly by the artist.
The nomination announcement on the BBC said the four artists' methods "suggest the impact of the internet, cinema, TV and mobile technologies on a new generation of artists".
Although emerging media often includes technology as part of the process, it isnt neccessarily digitally made. Emerging media is a term that refers to media that explores new territories, the crossroads of art, innovation, technology, science, communication, collaborative practices, social activism, appropriation, open sourcing...
What uses of emerging media can your students come up with for each of these categories?
Appropriation- using material from other sources
Social networking- social expression?
For further discussion of emerging media, and examples of artists go to the new emerging media site page.
ps. What is the Turner Prize?archive.
- 1. http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/may/07/turner-prize-2014-shortlist-unveiled