The recipient of the Turner Prize 2010 has been announced as Susan Philipsz. As I’ve said before, I loved Philipsz’s work and I’m glad she was awarded the prize.
Michael Glover (The Independent) was unimpressed, calling the Tate’s claim that the work alters your perception of the space “hype-cum-hogwash.” Needless to say, I disagree.
Adrian Searle (The Guardian) was delighted with the result, praising her originality, while his colleague Jonathan Jones was less concerned about the result than he was with the fact that Philipsz has been restrictively labelled a “sound artist”.
This is the kind of work which some will inevitably praise for its creativity and potential for making us think. For others, this will capture exactly what is wrong with awards like the Turner Prize – can you really consider a recording of someone singing in an empty room “art”? And for that reason alone, I think Philipsz is a great choice – it does us good to be challenged and to be forced to question our assumptions, about art and about everything else. Although I think there are a lot more reasons which make Philipsz a worthy winner.
Also, I found out today that Susan Philipsz has a project running in hidden spaces around London (thanks to Adrian Searle for the heads-up. The Artangel project “Surround Me” has its own website here). I might check it out and let you know…
And here’s an interview with Susan Philipsz, courtesy of the BBC:
And I’d love to know what you think!