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Frieze Artist Award

Yuri Pattison

2016 winner realized a new 'networked' installation as part of Frieze Projects

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Yuri Pattison, Insights (crisis trolly), 2016. Frieze Artist Award, Frieze Projects at Frieze London 2016

Yuri Pattison, Insights (crisis trolly), 2016. Frieze Artist Award, Frieze Projects at Frieze London 2016

The winner of the 2016 Frieze Artist Award was the London-based artist Yuri Pattison. From 5–9 October, Pattison realized a new installation at Frieze London as part of Frieze Projects, the fair’s celebrated non-profit programme. Curated in 2016 by Raphael Gygax, Frieze Projects and the Frieze Artist Award are supported by the LUMA Foundation.

Working across digital media, video and sculpture, Pattison’s winning proposal explored ‘trending’ data and systems of interpretation or control. At Frieze London 2016, Pattison installed a networked artwork entitled Insights (crisis trolly) throughout the fair, involving a series of ‘Big Board’-style monitors – often used by media companies to visualize sales statistics or popular news articles, enabling a live response to consumer behaviour. The screens collected information from the fair environment as well as the ‘Internet of Things’, speaking to visitors about the ever-expanding universe of data being produced and consumed daily – as well as the politics of data-driven systems, as prophesized in science fiction.

Following an open call, artist applications were received from more than 75 countries. Pattison’s proposal was selected by the jury including Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (artist), Raphael Gygax (Curator, Frieze Projects), Beatrix Ruf (Director, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam) and Bettina Steinbrügge (Director, Kunstverein Hamburg), with Jo Stella-Sawicka (Artistic Director, Frieze fairs) as Chair.

Raphael Gygax, Curator of Frieze Projects, said, ‘Yuri Pattison is one of today’s most important young artists looking in a critical way at new technologies. As a member of the jury for the Frieze Artist Award, I’m very excited to offer this platform for Pattison to build upon his thought-provoking and increasingly relevant work, exploring cultures of “trending” in the digital economy and the implications for human industry, creativity and control.’

Yuri Pattison (b. 1986, Dublin) will opened a solo show at London’s Chisenhale Gallery on 6 July. He was recently featured as part of the touring British Art Show 8 (2015-16), and created an online commission for the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London) in 2015.

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