James Richards was selected from a shortlist of ten artists, which included Marcus Coates, Shezad Dawood, Benedict Drew, Nathaniel Mellors, Karen Mirza & Brad Butler, Ben Rivers, Aura Satz, Matt Stokes, and Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead.
The jury panel, said of Richards:
"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."
The winner of the Jarman Award for 2012 was announced at a special event on 5 November at the Whitechapel Gallery, and received combined prize money of £10,000 and a commission for Channel 4’s short-form arts strand, Random Acts. Three further artists, Nathaniel Mellors; Karen Mirza & Brad Butler; and Shezad Dawood, were also be commissioned to make a short film for Random Acts.
The 2012 Jury were: Stuart Comer, Film Curator, Tate Modern (Chair); Mark Cousins, Film-maker, Author and Curator; Aaron Cezar, Director, Delfina Foundation; Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery; Mark Rappolt, Editor, ArtReview; and Tabitha Jackson, Commissioning Editor for Arts, Channel 4.
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