Patrick Hough and Lawrence Lek were the recipients of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2017. Each received £20,000 to develop significant new moving-image works with full production support from FVU. The resulting works premiered in an exhibition at Jerwood Space 22 March – 14 May 2017, before touring at a series of screening events nationwide.
Echoing 2017’s curatorial theme of Neither One Thing or Another, both of the commissioned works examine the steadily blurring line between the real and the artificial, and the increasingly intimate interplay between physical objects and their virtual counterparts. In Lawrence Lek’s Geomancer, an emerging artificial intelligence – a computer-generated ghost in the machine – discovers its own autonomy, and ponders the range and limits of its post-human powers of creativity. In Patrick Hough’s film And If In A Thousand Years, on the other hand, forgotten artefacts from the Hollywood Dream Factory – props and décor from abandoned film sets – take on a new life as precious mementoes of cinema history: replicas and fakes that have acquired a strange kind of authenticity. Moving fluently between definitions and across formal boundaries, both works make us look again at the uncertain nature of what we think we know and see.
The artists were selected from over 250 applications by; Steven Bode, Director, FVU; Duncan Campbell, artist and Turner Prize 2014 winner; Cliff Lauson, Curator, Hayward Gallery; Amy Sherlock, Reviews Editor, Frieze; and Sarah Williams, Head of Programme, Jerwood Visual Arts.
On the trends that emerged from 2017’s curatorial question, Steven Bode commented:
“This year’s theme of ‘Neither One Thing or Another’ clearly struck a definite chord with a large number of applicants. The title, for all its overtones of uncertainty and ambiguity, managed to be many things to many people, inspiring responses that embraced key contemporary subjects such as gender-fluidity and migration while evoking the blurring boundaries between offline and online, between the physical and the digital. It was fantastic to get such a range of ideas from so many talented individuals, and the shortlisted artists were again of an extraordinarily high standard.”
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