Turner Prize nominee James Richards discusses his diverse ways of image-making using video and original sound compositions in this film shot at the Wysing Art Centre, Cambridgeshire



‘I feel it has more of a relationship with abstract sculpture or painting’, says James Richards on his film Rosebud, for which he won the nomination.

The black and white 13-minute digital video comprises of erotic images found in art books in a Tokyo library where genitalia had been sandpapered out to comply with Japanese censorship laws, in parallel with footage shot from a small underwater pocket camera.

Richards calls the film ‘an attempt to hold these quite different sets of footage together in one piece’, and in his weaving together of existing and original footage with unique musical compositions, he explores the pleasure of the act of looking.