Winner: Grzegorz Stefanski
Grzegorz Stefanski, is a film and video artist who lives and works in London and Warsaw. Born in 1983, he trained at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland and then at Mirosław Balka’s Studio of Spatial Activities at the Fine Arts Academy in Warsaw. In 2016 he received the Felix Slade Award to undertake the MFA degree at Slade School of Art in London.
This year’s prize was judged by Lisa Appignanesi, Dexter Dalwood, Julian Forrester, Jeremy Harding, Deborah Levy and Ryan Wigglesworth.
Dexter Dalwood writes: ‘With the visual artists in particular, the judging panel were keen to shortlist artists who they saw as immersed in their practice. Grezegorz Stefański particularly stood out as someone who was deeply engaged with his work. His three channel video projection ‘restraint’ has been awarded the Ivan Juritz prize this year. It’s a video of two men in uniforms presenting to the camera how to incapacitate a civilian with their bare hands. Stefański has taken as his source a photograph by the artists Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan who from 1975-1977 selected photographs from a multitude of images from picture archives in California. This was one of the first conceptual photographic works of the 1970’s and demonstrated that the meaning of a photograph is conditioned by the context and sequence in which it is seen. Stefański reimagines the photograph with the two men in uniform as Nazis and creates a piece of physical performance that becomes very contemporary and topical in its restaging. The panel all agreed that Stefański has developed a strong body of work that both understands the roots of modernist practice but is also fully of its time’.
Grzegorz Stefanski will receive £1000 and two weeks’ residence at Cove Park in September. Extracts or accounts from each shortlisted entry will be published in the journal Textual Practice.
Yarli Allison (Art MFA student, Slade School of Fine Art) ‘Momo the Talking Hair’. A film lamenting the insecure destiny of hair follicles, narrated by a hair called Momo. Momo the Talking Hair.
Manos Charalabopoulos (Music PhD student, King’s College London), ‘Canto’ A musical composition for violin, horn and piano, exploring song and conflict. Canto.
Sarah Hymas (Creative Writing PhD student, University of Liverpool), ‘Recovery’
A prose poem investigating the world of a beach and its ecological shortcomings through what can and can’t be seen. Recovery SHYMAS.
Ali Lewis (Creative Writing MA student, Goldsmiths), ‘Familiar Objects’
Poems defamiliarising ordinary objects such as Book, Popcorn, Phone, Biscuit, Shower, Sponge, Bathtub. Familiar Objects Ivan Juritz Ali Lewis.
Winner: Jocelyn Campbell
Jocelyn Campbell’s ‘rgn.1 | ‘nt’rl’d’ | rgn.2’ is a composition for piano that experiments inventively and beautifully with systems of musical invention in an attempt to straddle an ambiguous line between ‘modernist’ stylistic traits (its emphasis on formal construction and an abstract, non-teleological musical language) and ‘postmodern’ imitation. Watch the performance of the piece given at the prize-giving at King’s College London or read the description.
Jocelyn Campbell (born 1990) is a London based composer who is currently studying at King’s College London for a PhD. in composition under the supervision of George Benjamin. Jocelyn had previously studied with Silvina Milstien at King’s for a Master’s of Music, and completed a BA in music at Middlesex University under Brian Inglis, François Evans and Peter Fribbins. Ensembles who have played works by Jocelyn include: The Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Lontano Ensemble, the Allegri String Quartet, the Finale Orchestra, the Solarek Piano Trio, Newe Vialles, and Ensemble X.Y., among others.
Ziad Nagy’s ‘What Lies Beneath’ is a short animated film that plays with surface and depth and with the relationship between technology and the uncanny in a humorous and original way.
Cecilia Stinton’s Der Gelbe Klang is a collaborative production that creatively and professionally juxtaposes Kandinsky’s colour opera Der Gelbe Klang (1909) with a performance of Franz Schreker’s Kammersymphonie (1916) and Lewis Coenen-Rowe’s new work, A Cosmic Joke (2014). Through innovative puppetry and lighting design Stinton and her team revisited Kandinsky’s classic modernist work from a twenty-first century perspective. Stinton discusses the production in ‘Performing Colour and Staging Sound: Revisiting Kandinsky’s Multimedia Project’.
Winner: Martin Scheuregger
Fran Allfrey and Fran Brooks’s ‘A Gift for the Illuminated Sphere’ is a curated book that beautifully juxtaposes medieval and modernist art to teach us to look in new ways. View the book and the read the description.
Eleanor Chandler and Zoe Kingsley’s ‘Notes on Cling Film Part 1’ is a sound poem that lyrically and radically appropriates various modernist texts and replaces certain words with the cipher ‘cling film’. Listen to ‘Notes on Cling Film Part 1’ or read the description.
Winner: Ivan Juritz
Ivan Juritz’s ‘A Textual Source for Mallarmé’s Coup de Dés’ is a wonderfully original reworking of Mallarmé ‘s ‘Un Coup de Dés’, written as though the entire poem is Mallarmé’s doodled and mistranslated marginalia on an English primer.
Kate McEnery’s ‘Icarus (Returned)’ tells the story of Ovid’s Icarus myth using only lines from Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, brilliantly returning Joyce to his Ovidian routes at the same time as creating a startling portrait of loss as the ‘Ovidian young man’ is cast down, ‘his heart trembling in an ecstasy of fear’.
Simon Vickery’s ‘Dress Up’ is a short Youtube film that responds playfully and movingly to Beckett’s Not I. Simon writes: ‘We watched Beckett on Youtube and he was not out of place. More than that – it was an entirely appropriate place in which to find him… ‘Dress Up’ is a response to encountering Beckett in this way.’
These entries can be seen in Textual Practice
A note on Ivan Juritz
Ivan Juritz won the prize in its inaugural year with a startlingly original reworking of Mallarmé ‘s ‘Un Coup de Dés’. He was a brilliantly gifted researcher, writer, dancer and musician; a committed European and a committed modernist. After his sudden death in 2015, we decided to rename the prize in his honour, hoping that future entries will display the same spirit of creative daring and serious play that we can see in his piece.