Guardian caption: ‘The iPhone is a filthy format – smeared and grubby’ … Prodger. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian
Times caption: Charlotte Prodger’s Bridgit evoked the work of James Joyce and Marcel Proust (KOPPE ASTNER/PA)
A piece in today’s Times by David Henderson, Arts Correspondent:
Watch out: artists with mobile phones are the future, especially if they can evoke the stream of consciousness of Marcel Proust. An artist who used her phone to record the Scottish Highlands, JD Sports and 1970s’ feminist texts has won this year’s Turner prize.
Charlotte Prodger, 44, wowed the jury with her exhibition Bridgit/Stoneymollan Trail, filmed on her iPhone.
Alex Farquharson, the Tate Britain director and chairman of the jury, said they thought that Prodger had “made extraordinarily profound work from this camera that we all have in our pockets and jackets. It is incredibly varied in its references, something like a stream of consciousness. It was interesting how often modernist writers like Joyce and Proust were evoked when [jurors] talked about the work, despite it being shot on cameraphone. She was using a technology that has not yet had much of a life in the world of art.”
That could be changing, he added. “I expect the young generation of artists are already using smartphones a lot; they have become sophisticated devices and their immediacy and accessibility may make them useful in the making of art in the future.”
This year’s shortlist for the prize, which has provoked debate and controversy since its inception in 1984, was notable in that all candidates were primarily working with the moving image.
The exhibition of their work at Tate Britain, which runs until January 6, takes almost five hours to view. The poignant works of Naeem Mohaiemen, who explored post-colonialism, lasts more than three hours.
The other shortlisted candidates were Forensic Architecture, a collective of architects, scientists and software developers who investigated and reconstructed human-rights abuses, and Luke Willis Thompson who used the aftermath of a shooting in the US that was streamed live on Facebook.
Forensic Architecture added to the “controversy cachet” of the prize by insisting that they were not even artists.
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