I’m very pleased that Mark Wallinger has won the Turner prize. I wasn’t sure at first if a re-creation of a protest site is an original piece of art in itself, but I was won over, not least because its installation is an important protest and statement against repression in its own right. Thanks to our present anti-democratic government’s Serious Organised Crime and Police Act, the installation itself at Tate Britain, being half inside and half outside the 1 kilometre exclusion area for demonstrations, however peaceful, around Parliament Square, is in part illegal.
I haven’t seen Sleeper, in which he was filmed wandering around, sometimes startling people, dressed in a bear suit, but I think Ecce Homo is the most affecting piece of work that has stood on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. Very useful, by the way, to memorise who stands on the other three – hardly anyone knows considering how often the question comes up in quiz programmes.
Ooh, and I was the answer to a question on Mastermind tonight. And I fell asleep again the moment Nigella came on. She’s a marvel, that woman.