It’s that time of year once again. The Turner Prize exhibition has opened at the Tate Britain, ready for our judging eyes, so here’s a guide to the four candidates of the controversial award. Go down and take a look, although unlike with reality TV, we have no say on who wins.
Known for: Crazily costumed performances (above) about free energy or financial systems, mashing-up cultural references as diverse as Jabba the Hut, Japanese ‘tentacle porn’ and Meatloaf.
Why she should win: For presenting serious subjects with infectious silliness.
Known for: Epic, 16-year drawing project, ‘Nobson Newtown’, of an imaginary city.
Why he should win: For championing the old-school art of pencil pushing and for turning town planning into a sexy subject.
Known for: Slick, layered videos about our relationship to consumer culture.
Why she should win: For her truly seductive films, but a meteoric rise in profile may not be enough to get her over the line.
Known for: Contemplative, collaged films that foreground sound as much as vision.
Why he should win: For arresting investigations into social history, although a recent run of Scots prizewinners means it might not be his year.
Tate Britain, Tue Oct 2-Jan 6 2013. The winner will be announced on Dec 3.
Read our full review of the Turner Prize contenders online at timeout.com/turner.