Whilst visiting Derry with my family we took the opportunity to visit the Turner Prize exhibition at Ebrington.
As the UK City of Culture, Derry-Londonderry had been chosen as the first location outside England to host the exhibition. It was also the first time I had ever attended the Turner Prize event so I was unsure of what to expect.
There had been a lot of talk beforehand about a man that urinates into a bucket and another of an empty room in-which visitors are asked questions. Therefore I was both apprehensive and intrigued about what I would find!
The 2013 Turner Prize nominated artists are: Laure Prouvost, Tino Sehgal, David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. My favourite of the four art works was Wantee by Laure Prouvost, mainly because it featured a montage of video clips of an imagined story about her grandfather who had disappeared. Now that digital video is becoming increasingly a standard feature on cameras it is an area of photography that I am interested in. The room in which we watched the film was decorated with objects from the video. It enabled the viewer to connect with the 'watching' experience. I found this approach to narrative intriguing, to see how a reality can be created and reinforced by including artefacts from what was seen. The story itself was confusing, with clips of earthworms and teapots, but it did make me question what I had seen when I left the room.
Nowadays we are exposed to so much visual information that we are expected to passively accept and consume. It made a change to watch something that combined different aspects and media. It has got me thinking how I can create work that can be viewed on different levels.