Jacob Enjoy wins the Concord Art Prize with his 3-channel audio-visual installation, designed in response to Rodgers & Hammerstein’s My Most loved Issues. Of the 10 finalists, his submission was deemed to be a cerebral, present-day, and quite prosperous interpretation of the track, by an illustrious panel of judges such as planet-renowned British artist Mat Collishaw, representatives from the Royal University of Art, Central Saint Martins and Hiscox, together with Julie Lomax (CEO of a-n The Artists Facts Corporation), Robert Yates of The Observer, and songwriters Mark Ronson and Joan Armatrading CBE. At the coronary heart of this prize, is the idea that fantastic artwork makes terrific artwork, and this is unquestionably real of Love’s online video piece.
He was amongst sturdy company which includes artists Anna Kerman, Sam Tahmessabi, Angela Fung, Michal Raz and Olly Fathers whose operate can be viewed at the general public exhibition, curated by Ali Hillman of Friday Trampoline. His prize was introduced at a Personal View hosted by Harmony Audio Publishing at 180 Strand.
“We were delighted with all of the finalists’ function and felt their contribution to the inaugural Prize was extraordinary. We will go on to stick to their professions likely forward. Jacob’s do the job proved subversive, assumed-provoking and timely. For us it stood out as a appropriate and modern interpretation of this iconic piece of audio.”
Curator Ali Hillman of Friday Trampoline
Jacob Love’s prize-successful get the job done explores themes of trauma, the autonomic anxious method, human company, and the sublime. It includes two major components, a 3-channel audiovisual set up and an ‘oddly satisfying’ content material farm style YouTube channel. His intricate piece draws on his encounter of somatic therapies these kinds of as EDMR and his ongoing exploration into visceral video information. He is interested in the way platforms this sort of as YouTube and Tiktok
interact with our psycho and physiological selves to provoke sure reactions, in particular catharsis. He regards the song My Favourite Items as a description of sensory experiences that folks are unconsciously drawn to for relief. He sees self-relaxing in the way people today have develop into addicted to screens. In several means, for Like, platforms this sort of as Tiktok, with their hugely sensitive algorithms, construct new cellular lists of ‘our favorite things’. His final piece
is an rigorous online video exploration of these complex principles at the foundation of present-day human encounter.
Jacob Like obtained his Masters from Goldsmiths in 2008, wherever he has considering that taught for twelve many years. He has exhibited continuously in the British isles and globally, which includes a solo exhibit at the Leslie Lohman Museum in 2013. In 2016 he was provided in ‘Queering Hormones, Queering Love’, in conjunction with the British Movie Institute, no.w.listed here lab and King’s Faculty, funded by The Wellcome Have confidence in. The venture involved making use of 16mm film to make function linked to queer really like and the endocrine method. The movies ended up screened at BFI Flair. His most latest solo demonstrate Material: Discovering About Satisfaction (2018) was mounted in a converted church space in South-East London.
He makes function discovering want, trauma, habit, and technological innovation, inspired by individual activities and his exercise as an artwork educator. He has a particular fascination in new media and its communicative potentials beyond language:
“The autonomous nonconscious parts of who we are participate in a large role in how we dwell. Shifting illustrations or photos and seem can connect with that section of us in a way that language by no means can.”
ALL 10 SHORTLISTED Pieces ARE Getting EXHIBITED AT 180 STRAND 10th-11th SEPTEMBER 2021 | 12pm – 6pm | Free of charge ADMISSION You can hear to the songs that impressed the artwork here
THE Harmony Art PRIZE
This significant new art prize inspired visuals impressed by music. Around 700 submissions had been been given from artists aged 18-72, responding to a assortment of music from Harmony Audio Publishing’s expansive catalogue. Ten finalists were being chosen by the judging panel, and each been given a £1000 bursary to produce their remaining pieces, which are now on display screen at 180 Strand. concordartprize.com
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