Bloomberg New Contemporaries offers an important platform for emerging artists’ work to be seen and discussed.
The exhibition was shaped by a process of selection from slides, videos, CD-roms, photographs and audio-tapes through to a shortlist of actual works. The 2001 selectors, sculptor Mike Nelson, critic and writer Jennifer Higgie and painter Chris Ofili considered over 1200 applications and selected work by 27 outstanding artists. The works, chosen for their individualism and vitality, covered a broad spectrum and present a cross-section of emerging talent. The selection embraced and challenged different media formats – there was a strong representation of works in video, film, sound and digital technologies, but painting, sculpture and photography were also included.