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May 6, 2010

A cappella on Turner prize list


A Scottish artist who is best known for playing recordings of herself singing over public address systems has been nominated for this year's Turner Prize. Glasgow-born Susan Philipsz, 44, is one of four artists in the running for the contemporary arts prize.

Her most recent work saw recordings of the Scottish lament, Lowlands Away, played under bridges in Glasgow. The winner of the Turner Prize will be named on 6 December after an exhibition of works by short-listed artists.

Ms Philipsz, who lives in Berlin, studied in Dundee and Belfast after being rejected from Glasgow School of Art at the age of 23. Her work stems from an interest in how sound defines architectural space.

She was commissioned by the Glasgow International Festival, which ended on Monday, to produce a "site-specific outdoor sound work on the banks of the River Clyde".

The installation, "Lowlands", saw her recorded voice simultaneously singing three different a cappella versions of the 16th Century lament, "Lowlands Away", played under the Caledonian, George V and Glasgow Bridges over the Clyde.

Other works of her singing versions of pop and folk songs have been replayed in stairwells and supermarkets. In Filter (1998), she played her own renditions of songs by Radiohead, Marianne Faithfull, Nirvana and the Velvet Underground through the public address system of a busy bus station. Read more.

Posted by acapnews at May 6, 2010 12:00 AM


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