A pivotal early work by Ed Atkins, one of the most exciting contemporary artists working today. Made in 2012, Atkins’s Material Witness OR A Liquid Cop is an important early example of the trademark virtuosity – in the realms of computer animation, editing, sound design, and script – for which he is internationally celebrated. The film is the first of a pair of works made by Atkins for Tomorrow Never Knows, the first edition of the Jerwood/FVU Awards. Launched in 2012, the Award is major annual opportunity for moving-image artists in the first five years of their practice. In the film, an apparitional, computer-generated figure sits in a television studio spouting a haunting, often graphic monologue as beautiful, bewildering imagery flickers and swirls around him.
White Screen is a collaborative project between FVU and The White Review. Supported by Arts Council England. The White Review’s participation is made possible by the support of Maureen Paley.
The Jerwood/FVU Awards are a collaboration between Jerwood Charitable Foundation and FVU. In association with CCA, Glasgow and University of East London.