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Video artist wins Futures prize
Saskia Olde-Wolbers - copyright  Eva Vermandel
Saskia Olde-Wolbers was one of three video artist finalists
A London-based video artist has won one of the UK's biggest and most coveted art prizes.

Saskia Olde-Wolbers, 33, collected a cheque for 24,000 from Yoko Ono at a ceremony held at the Institute of Contemporary Art in central London.

She won with her video installation Interloper, which follows the voice of a comatose man as he travels through the interior of a hospital.

The Dutch-born artist also won the prestigious Baloise Prize in 2003.

The Beck's Futures award, now in its fifth year, was set up to support emerging contemporary artists.

It encourages experimentation and innovation in all fields of modern art.

Saskia Olde-Wolbers - Interloper
Olde-Wolbers narrates stories over mutating, animated shapes

Each of the remaining nine shortlisted artists were awarded a cheque for 4,000.

Olde-Wolbers, who studied her MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design, said: "The framework for my stories is often a disturbance in everyday life, characters coping with the world in a slightly off-the-wall manner."

Mark Dion, one of the judges on the Beck's Futures panel, said: "If anyone were to have told me that I would be one of the judges awarding a prize to a narrative video, I would have scoffed.

"However, the excellence of Saskia's work completely won me over.

"We sincerely hope that this award will allow her to continue and expand her complex visual language and narrative virtuosity."

At the same ceremony, Sir Bob Geldof awarded Doug Fishbone a cheque for 2,000 as the winner of Beck's Futures Student Prize for Film and Video for his film The Ugly American.

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