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monday 03122007



Mark Wallinger was tonight named as the winner of the £25,000 Turner Prize at the Tate Liverpool gallery,
http://arts.guardian.co.uk/turnerprize2007/story/0,,2221321,00.html

and I was reminded of an anti-Turner prize protest that I participated in 13 years ago, back in November 1994, outside the Tate (back in the day when I think there was just one Tate gallery, Pimlico London) and which was captured in this lovely Guardian front page photo the next day (23.11.94. back in the day when the Guardian was mostly printed in black and white and was much larger in size than it is now.... and way too big to fit on my scanner in one piece. And it cost just 45p.).

And subsequently over the next few days I thought I'd take us on an anecdotal journey, via some of my past front page adventures.

to be honest I don't have much of a story to tell regarding this one. or at least i don't remember anything much right now. It was a protest organised by F.A.T. (Fashion Architecture and Taste)

The photographer's name was Martin Argles and the caption underneath the photo reads.....
"Art demo. Some of 300 artists bearing placards showing their own work who demonstrated against the 'elitism' of the Turner Prize at its Tate Gallery ceremony in London last night. "

My placard was one of those classic mass produced teary eyed cutesy orphan boy pix (complete with its original frame), the ones that are a regular car boot sale delight. I'd added a layer of collage onto it, I'd increased the number of his arms to 4, and he is juggling egg yokes and pocket watches, plus I'd also added the words "Love for sale".

I love the the NHS "Death rate leagues" headline juxtaposed with my death skull mask (and how the "one boy crimewave" seems in tune with my orphan boy placard). That skull mask was a regular look in my live perfomances in the late 80s and in the 90s, through to my last live performance (to date) at Duckies in south London, which I think was probably in 1996.

I've still got that mask, though I don't own those wigs anymore. That mask can be seen being used recently, yet again, in an early daily self portrait dated thursday 10th August 2006 ...
http://russellhiggs.shutterchance.com/photoblog/thursday_10082006/
and in this strip over on flickr ....http://www.flickr.com/photos/russell-higgs/212585245/

who won that year? who was in the running? I'll look it up later and report back to you.....

tomorrow, we'll visit the front page of the Evening Standard, 1990, an anti-poll tax protest where the police attempted to accuse me of beating one of them up.

monday 03122007



Mark Wallinger was tonight named as the winner of the £25,000 Turner Prize at the Tate Liverpool gallery,
http://arts.guardian.co.uk/turnerprize2007/story/0,,2221321,00.html

and I was reminded of an anti-Turner prize protest that I participated in 13 years ago, back in November 1994, outside the Tate (back in the day when I think there was just one Tate gallery, Pimlico London) and which was captured in this lovely Guardian front page photo the next day (23.11.94. back in the day when the Guardian was mostly printed in black and white and was much larger in size than it is now.... and way too big to fit on my scanner in one piece. And it cost just 45p.).

And subsequently over the next few days I thought I'd take us on an anecdotal journey, via some of my past front page adventures.

to be honest I don't have much of a story to tell regarding this one. or at least i don't remember anything much right now. It was a protest organised by F.A.T. (Fashion Architecture and Taste)

The photographer's name was Martin Argles and the caption underneath the photo reads.....
"Art demo. Some of 300 artists bearing placards showing their own work who demonstrated against the 'elitism' of the Turner Prize at its Tate Gallery ceremony in London last night. "

My placard was one of those classic mass produced teary eyed cutesy orphan boy pix (complete with its original frame), the ones that are a regular car boot sale delight. I'd added a layer of collage onto it, I'd increased the number of his arms to 4, and he is juggling egg yokes and pocket watches, plus I'd also added the words "Love for sale".

I love the the NHS "Death rate leagues" headline juxtaposed with my death skull mask (and how the "one boy crimewave" seems in tune with my orphan boy placard). That skull mask was a regular look in my live perfomances in the late 80s and in the 90s, through to my last live performance (to date) at Duckies in south London, which I think was probably in 1996.

I've still got that mask, though I don't own those wigs anymore. That mask can be seen being used recently, yet again, in an early daily self portrait dated thursday 10th August 2006 ...
http://russellhiggs.shutterchance.com/photoblog/thursday_10082006/
and in this strip over on flickr ....http://www.flickr.com/photos/russell-higgs/212585245/

who won that year? who was in the running? I'll look it up later and report back to you.....

tomorrow, we'll visit the front page of the Evening Standard, 1990, an anti-poll tax protest where the police attempted to accuse me of beating one of them up.

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..which reminds me, here's a video clip that is full to bursting with bleating numb-skull philistines

http://russellhiggs2.blogspot.com/2007/11/lots-and-lots-of-stupid-people.html
Excellent. I hope you approve of this year's winner though.
russell higgs: I liked his replies in this BBC interview....

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7127501.stm

(quote)..... Do you have to be an art lover to appreciate the works that were entered into the competition?

Mark Wallinger- "Well, only to the extent that you have to be a music lover to like certain kinds of music. Art gets a bad press because people seem to think that everything should be instantly explainable. I think the more you find out about art, the deeper the relationship with it gets and the more open you are to different kind of experiences."

How important is art to you?

Mark Wallinger- "Well, I couldn't live without it - so it's that important, really."
My favourite Turner Prize winner (that comes to mind right now) is Martin Creed and "Work No.227: The lights going on and off".

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