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Scottish artist wins Turner Prize for sound installation

December 7, 2010 - London

Susan Philipsz, a Scottish artist, has become the first person to win Turner Prize for sound installation.

Philipsz records herself singing 16th century laments and plays them in unusual locations, including supermarket aisles and a series of bridges over the Clyde in Glasgow.

The judges said her work, 'Lowlands', "provokes both intellectual and instinctive responses and reflects a series of decisions about the relationship between sound and sight", providing "powerful sculptural experiences".

Fashion designer Miuccia Prada presented the Glasgow-born artist with the 25,000 pounds prize at ceremony at Tate Britain in central London.

She recorded three versions of the song 'Lowlands Away', which tells the tale of a man drowned at sea who returns to tell his lover of his death, for her installation which plays in an empty room in the gallery.

Curator Katherine Stout said it was a "very physical" work.

"It plays upon the otherwise emptiness of the gallery," The Telegraph quoted her as saying.


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