Susan Philipsz at the opening of IHME Project 2010, Helsinki. Photo: Kai Widell
The artist of IHME Project 2010, Susan Philipsz, has been shortlisted for this year´s Turner Prize. The art critic of The Guardian Jonathan Jones places his bets on Philipsz in his article on yesterday´s news. The other nominated artists are Angela de la Cruz, Dexter Dalwood and The Otolith Group. An exhibition of work by the shortlisted artists will open at Tate Britain on 5 October, and the winner will be announced on 6 December.
Philipsz´ new public commission entitled When Day Closes was a temporary site and context specific work of art at the Helsinki Railway Station. This subtle sound installation was a recording of her voice singing a cappella a well-known Finnish lullaby, Song of My Heart. The lyrics of the song are by Aleksis Kivi and the composition is by Jean Sibelius. The installation was carefully planned in the architecture of the Central Hall by Eliel Saarinen. 200 000 people pass the station every day and the installation was there for all these people during March 11-April 12, 2010.