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  • Mark Titchner Turner Prize installation 2006

    Mark Titchner, Turner Prize installation 2006

    Photo: Sam Drake and Mark Heathcote 
    © Tate 2006

  • Mark Titchner How To Change Behaviour (Tiny Masters Of The World Come Out) 2006

    Mark Titchner How To Change Behaviour (Tiny Masters Of The World Come Out) 2006
    Digital print, Wood, paint, metal, magnets, electrical components, quartz crystals

    Photo from Turner Prize 2006 exhibition at Tate Britain. Photo: Sam Drake and Mark Heathcote 
    © Tate 2006

  • Mark Titchner Turner Prize installation Ergo Ergot 2006

    Mark Titchner Turner Prize installation 2006
    Ergo Ergot 2006
    Wood, steel, motors, electrical and mechanical components, DVD loop, monitors and speakers 

    Photo: Sam Drake and Mark Heathcote 
    © Tate 2006

  • Mark Titchner Turner Prize installation 2006

    Mark Titchner, Turner Prize installation 2006

    Photo: Sam Drake and Mark Heathcote 
    © Tate 2006

  • Mark Titchner If You Can Dream It, You Must Do It 2003

    Mark Titchner
    If You Can Dream It, You Must Do It 2003

    Courtesy the artist and Vilma Gold, London

  • Mark Titchner The Memory Of Our Will Will Wash The Dirt From Your Feet 2003

    Mark Titchner
    The Memory Of Our Will Will Wash The Dirt From Your Feet 2003

    Courtesy the artist and Vilma Gold, London

  • Photograph of Mark Titchner

    Photograph of Mark Titchner

Mark Titchner’s art explores the tensions between the different belief systems that inform society, be they religious, scientific or political.

His sculptural installations are provocative hybrids that often combine new technologies with old techniques. For instance, How To Change Behaviour (Tiny Masters Of The World Come Out) 2006 uses a computer designed billboard alongside hand-chiselled quasi-magical contraptions. Titchner presents conflicting ideologies and outmoded ideas without mockery or cynicism, allowing the viewer to form their own conclusions. In so doing, his installation questions both our blind faith in science and our obedience to authority.

Titchner describes his art as ‘a dialogue about how you receive thought and ideas’. His works investigate communication and perception. Found text is a constant ingredient. Messages scavenged from song lyrics, corporate creeds, philosophical treatises and political manifestos have been physically described and digitally scripted into the works. In a sculpture such as Ergo Ergot 2006 Titchner uses dizzying optical illusions and hypnotic animation to evoke an hallucinatory experience, emphasising the fragility of our senses and understanding.

At the core of Titchner’s work is an ambiguous attitude towards the ideas that he appropriates that has the effect of empowering the viewer. ‘Put simply,’ he has said, ‘it’s about people having a different relationship to art. Rather than something you walk around, it’s something you have to step inside and interact with. It’s really affirmative.’

Mark Titchner has been nominated for his solo exhibition at Arnolfini, Bristol, in which his hybrid installations furthered his exploration into systems of belief. Working across a wide range of media, including light boxes and extraordinary hand-carved contraptions, his work continues to interweave a vast array of references from pop lyrics to philosophy.

Artist biography

1973 Born Luton, England
1992–5 Central St Martins College of Art & Design

Lives and works in London