Four artists up for Turner Prize
Artist Mark Leckey has been included for his solo exhibition Industrial Light & Magic, which features cartoon characters such as Felix the Cat.
Glasgow-based artist Cathy Wilkes uses shop dummies in many of her installations. Runa Islam and Goshka Macuga are also in the running.
The winner of the £25,000 award will be announced on 1 December.
The Turner Prize has traditionally been won by bizarre and often controversial work.
Previous recipients include Gilbert and George, Damien Hirst, and transvestite potter Grayson Perry.
Wilkes' work features a female mannequin perched on a toilet with a bowl with left-over bits of dried porridge at her feet.
Dr Stephen Deuchar, director of Tate Britain and chairman of the Turner Prize judges, said the prize did not exist to shock.
"You never know what people are going to be shocked by - or say what they are going to be shocked by - so we will have to wait and see what emerges at the exhibition.
"I should think 50% of the art world will say they hate the list, and 50% will say they love the list," he told the BBC News website.
"The general public look to the Turner Prize to introduce them to what is new.
"It is not about giving good service medals to artists who have been around for a long time; it is about spotting emerging trends that are especially interesting."