Turner prize talk & EBACCS

The winner of this years Turner prize is Elizabeth Price for her film, The Woolworths Choir of 1979. Its a film of mashed up footage of; a fire in Woolworths that killed four people, architectural footage and a band playing music.

Price was not the only video nominee this year. Luke Fowler was nominated for his film, All Divided Selves. It is a 90 minute film about the late R.D Laing, a scottish psychiatrist who had some interesting views about mental illness.

The exhibiton of Turner prize nominees is running up until the 6th January 2013 at Tate Britain. The other two artists showing are the Graphite poo drawer, Paul Noble and the rather irritatingly named performance artist Spartacus Chetwynd.

P.S Michael Gove, our Neocon Education Secretary, has set into action the replacement of GCSE’s. For 16 year olds taking exams in 2017, GCSE’s will be a thing of the past and the new EBacc (English baccalaureate) will rein supreme. The EBacc will do away with modules, abc grades and course work replacing them with an end of year exam and grades that range from 1-6 much like the beloved O-levels of 1963. This radical change of our education system seems a bit reactionary after the disputes over exam results and the competitive nature of private exam bodies. It would also be a terrible thing for the arts and for anyone hoping to study them in a post GCSE school HERE is Elizabeth Price talking about the issue of EBacc’s and the arts. and MORE info on EBaccs


Elizabeth Price’s, The Woolworths Choir of 1979

The announcement

The Subject of Luke Fowlers, All Divided Selves, R.D Laing (7 October 1927 – 23 August 1989)