Sound Installation Wins This Year’s Turner Prize

Yesterday it was announced that Glasgow-born artist Susan Philipsz had won the 2010 Turner Prize for “Lowlands,” a sound installation featuring her performance of a 16th century Scottish lament by a sailor lost at sea. While it was the first time that a sound installation had even been shortlisted for the contemporary art prize, she was the favorite among bookies to win.

Philipsz — who is only the fourth woman to win the Turner Prize — presented her 2008 sound installation I See a Darkness at the Tanya Bonakdar gallery in New York earlier this year. If you live in London, be sure to check out Surround Me, a multi-site public sound project and her first commission in the city. It can be heard on weekends from 10am to 5 pm through January 2nd.