Frieze Artist Award

Cartier Award 2009

Jordan Wolfson presents nomadic seminars on String Theory, forming a performance script

The winner of The Cartier Award 2009, Jordan Wolfson presents Your Napoleon. A nomadic seminar on the subject of String Theory takes the form of a walking tour of the fair. Each tour, strictly limited to one person at a time, is guided by a theoretical physicist from a team from Queen Mary University, London, headed by Dr. David Berman - Reader in Theoretical Physics, and expert in String and M-theory.

The casual discussion from each tour is recorded and then transcribed to form the basis of an ever changing, ever growing script; the script is reenacted by two actors and directed by the artist in The Regent’s Park the following day.

Jordan Wolfson is an American conceptual artist, based in Berlin and New York.  Frieze Projects Curator Neville Wakefield has described his practice: 'Wolfson's unique brand of poetic conceptualism ranges across the sciences and humanities to create what are at once delightful and perplexing forays into the narratives and myths that colour our times.’ Wolfson’s winning proposal was selected from over 450 applications by artists from all over the world. 

The Cartier Award 2009 selection committee was: Neville Wakefield (Curator, Frieze Projects), Grazia Quaroni (Curator, the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, Paris), Catalina Lozano (Residencies Co-ordinator, Gasworks, London) and Mario Garcia Torres (artist).

The Cartier Award, for emerging artists living outside the UK, was a major initiative in collaboration with Gasworks and sponsored by Cartier.