This is the fourth year of the Jarman Award and this year would have also been Derek Jarman’s 70th birthday. As during the last years, the Jarman Award is this year as well presented by Film London and Channel 4, in association with the Whitechapel Gallery.  The 10 shortlisted artists are:

  • Brad Butler & Karen Mirza
  • Marcus Coates
  • Shezad Dawood
  • Benedict Drew
  • Nathaniel Mellors
  • Ben Rivers
  • Aura Satz
  • Matt Stokes
  • Thomson & Craighead
  • James Richards

Under the jury including Stuart Comer, Film Curator, Tate Modern (Chair); Mark Cousins, Film-maker, Author and Curator; Aaron Cezar, Director, Delfina Foundation; Elizabeth Price, artist; Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery; Mark Rappolt, Editor, ArtReview; and Tabitha Jackson, Commissioning Editor for Arts, Channel 4.

The winner is James Richards, and this is what the jury said of him: “James Richards collages disparate moments from the endless stream of digital and online imagery, bringing focus and a strong personal resonance to these otherwise fleeting and anonymous images. His impeccable sense of pacing, colour, sound and mood defines a remarkable sense of place within an increasingly virtual and intangible world. Bringing a strong, sculptural awareness of space to his installations and an informed, intelligent approach to video and found footage, Richards has helped to define a remarkable, intimate digital aesthetic that the jury was pleased to recognise with the 2012 Jarman Award.”

James Richards is a filmmaker who also operates as a cultural producer, curating screenings and immersive interventions in galleries including London’s ICA,  Serpentine Gallery and New York’s Light Industry. Graduated at Chelsea School of Art, he works with found and re-edited material to create complex and immersive audio-visual mix tapes. Recent work has taken the form of curated events featuring moving image and sculpture.

More about the Jarman award on this link.