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Time Out’s guide to the Turner Prize 2012 contestants

Posted at 3:00 pm, October 7, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment

It’s that time of year once again. The Turner Prize exhibition has opened at the Tate Britain, ready for our judging eyes, so here’s a guide to the four candidates of the controversial award. Go down and take a look, although unlike with reality TV, we have no say on who wins.

Spartacus Chetwynd

Spartacus Chetwynd

Known for: Crazily costumed performances (above) about free energy or financial systems, mashing-up cultural references as diverse as Jabba the Hut, Japanese ‘tentacle porn’ and Meatloaf.
Why she should win: For presenting serious subjects with infectious silliness.

Paul Noble
PAUL NOBLE 2011 Cathedral Photo © Mike Bruce
Known for: Epic, 16-year drawing project, ‘Nobson Newtown’, of an imaginary city.
Why he should win: For championing the old-school art of pencil pushing and for turning town planning into a sexy subject.

Elizabeth Price
Elizabeth Price, from 'Here' exhibition 2012
Known for: Slick, layered videos about our relationship to consumer culture.
Why she should win: For her truly seductive films, but a meteoric rise in profile may not be enough to get her over the line.

Luke Fowler
The Nine Monads of David Bell

Known for: Contemplative, collaged films that foreground sound as much as vision.
Why he should win: For arresting investigations into social history, although a recent run of Scots prizewinners means it might not be his year.

Tate Britain, Tue Oct 2-Jan 6 2013. The winner will be announced on Dec 3.

Read our full review of the Turner Prize contenders online at timeout.com/turner.

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