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Yuri Pattison Named 2016 Frieze Artist Award Winner

The Frieze Art Award has announced that the 2016 recipient is Yuri Pattison. The prize, awarded from an open call for proposals of site-specific work from artists between the ages of twenty-five and forty, is part of the fair’s nonprofit programming, Frieze Projects.

Raphael Gygax, curator of Frieze Projects, said, “Yuri Pattison is one of today’s most important young artists looking in a critical way at new technologies. As a member of the jury for the Frieze Artist Award, I’m very excited to offer this platform for Pattison to build upon his thought-provoking and increasingly relevant work, exploring cultures of ‘trending’ in the digital economy and the implications for human industry, creativity and control.”

The London-based artist’s winning proposal explores “trending data” and involves the installation of large monitors throughout the fair that will collect and present information. The screens will be used to explore the politics of data-driven systems. His project was chosen by a jury that consisted of artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Frieze Project curator Raphael Gygax, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam director Beatrix Ruf, and Kunstverein Hamburg director Bettina Steinbrügge. Artistic director of Frieze fairs Jo Stella-Sawicka served as chair. Frieze London will take place from October 5–9.