For the first time in the history of the Turner Prize, the four shortlisted artists all work with moving images, employing 35mm film, multi-screen installations and digital smartphones. This special panel discussion considers the shortlist in the wider context of current practices. How are artists today using forms of film, video and digital media? What are the ethics of image-making?
Our panel includes leading curators, theorists and programmers working with moving images: Karen Alexander, Mason Leaver-Yap and Herb Shellenberger. The conversation will be chaired by Linsey Young, curator of the Turner Prize exhibition.
With an additional ticket, participants can enjoy a private view of the exhibition after the discussion.
Karen Alexander is an independent film curator, writer and freelance consultant. She has contributed articles to Sight & Sound and Vertigo, organised a wide range of screenings for festivals, conferences and exhibitions on her key areas of interest – representation, gender, identity and independent cinema. From 1998-2006 she worked at the BFI on their Distribution and Archive releases.
Herb Shellenberger is a curator and writer originally from Philadelphia and based in London. He has curated screenings at institutions such as Arnolfini, Light Industry, Lightbox Film Center, LUX , New York University and Taipei Center for Contemporary Arts. Since 2016, he has been Associate Programmer for Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (Berwick-upon-Tweed, UK). He is a graduate of the Central Saint Martins/LUX MRes Moving Image programme, has lectured on film and contemporary art at museums, universities and art spaces, and has written for publications including Art-Agenda, Art Monthly and The Brooklyn Rail. He curated the series Independent Frames: American Experimental Animation in the 1970s + 1980s which premiered at Tate Modern and is touring internationally. In 2018, he curated an exhibition at The Maslow Collection (Scranton, USA) and co-programmed (with Almudena Escobar López) the Flaherty Seminar series Common Visions at Anthology Film Archives, New York.
Mason Leaver-Yap works with artists to produce texts, exhibitions, and events. They have recently been working with Renée Green and Free Agent Media, Alexis Mitchell and Sharlene Bamboat, Sarah Pierce, Kat Anderson, Evan Ifekoya, Jamie Crewe, Lisa Tan, Moyra Davey, the archive of Pat Hearn, Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, Beatrice Gibson, CAConrad and Eileen Myles, Jimmy Robert, Every Roysdon, Emma Hedditch, and The Wooster Group. They live in Glasgow and Berlin.
Linsey Young is a curator based in London and Glasgow. Since 2016, Linsey has held the position Curator British Contemporary Art at Tate, where recent and forthcoming projects include: Rachel Whiteread, Anthea Hamilton: The Squash and Turner Prize 2018. Linsey is commissioner and curator of Scotland+Venice 2019, presenting Charlotte Prodger at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Since 2013 Linsey has run the itinerant not for profit project, YOUNG TEAM.