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Bridge song artist Susan Philipsz on Turner prize list

Susan Philipsz
Ms Philipsz most recent work was for the Glasgow International Festival

A Scottish artist who is best known for playing recordings of herself singing over public address systems has been nominated for this year's Turner Prize.

Glasgow-born Susan Philipsz, 44, is one of four artists in the running for the contemporary arts prize.

Her most recent work saw recordings of the Scottish lament, Lowlands Away, played under bridges in Glasgow.

The winner of the Turner Prize will be named on 6 December after an exhibition of works by short-listed artists.

Ms Philipsz, who lives in Berlin, studied in Dundee and Belfast after being rejected from Glasgow School of Art at the age of 23.

Her work stems from an interest in how sound defines architectural space.

She was commissioned by the Glasgow International Festival, which ended on Monday, to produce a "site-specific outdoor sound work on the banks of the River Clyde".

Folk songs

The installation, "Lowlands", saw her recorded voice simultaneously singing three different versions of the 16th Century lament, "Lowlands Away", played under the Caledonian, George V and Glasgow Bridges over the Clyde.

Other works of her singing versions of pop and folk songs have been replayed in stairwells and supermarkets.

In Filter (1998), she played her own renditions of songs by Radiohead, Marianne Faithfull, Nirvana and the Velvet Underground through the public address system of a busy bus station.

The other artists on the Turner shortlist are Dexter Dalwood, Angela de la Cruz and The Otolith Group.

London-based painter Dalwood, 49, has used the death of government weapons expert Dr David Kelly and the Charles Manson murders as subject matter.

De la Cruz, also based in London, tears and folds her paintings before displaying them in doorways, corners or on the gallery floor.

The Otolith Group - Anjalika Sagar, 42, and Kodwo Eshun, 44, who both live and work in London - have worked on projects including a film which depicts sweatshop workers in Mumbai (Bombay) producing goods in extreme conditions.

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