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Polarbear says that he comes ‘from a place of function’ where there are few art galleries, and where the Turner Prize may seem like something for ‘other people’. But Polarbear feels that art is all about response, and a response comes from our opinion. His poem, Talking Point, asserts that we all have an opinion, and should make it heard: ‘What’s the point of an idea if it never goes further than the back of your face?’ The Turner Prize acts as a forum for new artwork which has developed the power to break the perceived elitism of the art world for many; for stimulating debate is open to everyone, and it is part of human nature to be curious and to respond. The prize breaks art down to its fundamentals – art is there for response, and humans live to respond. Talking Point tries to remind us of this underlying, unifying component of our natures.