Ed Atkins (b. 1982) lives and works in London. Ed's practice is most explicitly concerned with the ways in which contemporarily incumbent modes of representation relate to reality; in particular the ways in which the digital relates to notions of immaterial and material realities, and how this affects us, both emotionally and physiologically. He was a Lux Associate Artist (2010/11) and in 2012 received a commission from the Jerwood / Film and Video Umbrella Awards to develop work that will be shown in the Jerwood Space and the CCA in Glasgow in early 2013. He is Whitechapel Gallery's Writer in Residence 2012-13 and has had recent solo shows at Cabinet Gallery, London; Bonn Kunstverein, and Chisenhale Gallery, London - with solo presentations in the coming months at MoMa PS1, New York, Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin and Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin.
Ed Atkins | Simply put, the award makes previously impossible ways of thinking possible. The prospect of developing the untenable – either temporally or explicitly financially untenable – is incredible. And to be able to do that apart from the usual external strictures and duresses is frankly unthinkable. The sheer unfettering of potential afforded, and the deep sense of generosity and empathy displayed by the foundation, is humbling and inspiring. Thank you.