Charlotte Prodger (MFA 2010) new 32-minute video BRIDGIT
takes its title from the eponymous Neolithic deity, whose name has
numerous iterations depending on life stage, locality and point in
history. Exploring the shifting temporal interrelations of name, body,
and landscape, BRIDGIT focuses on female attachments—a process
of identification that includes friends, shape-shifting deities and
other figures of influence.
At one point in the video, the
camera pans across the artist’s fingerprint-covered laptop on which a
mountain landscape serves as desktop image. The icon of a flash drive
comes into view, shown with the filename ‘TURIYA’—a proper noun adopted
from a set of recordings by musician Alice Coltrane who also performed
under that very moniker.
Later, while quoting virtual
systems theorist and pioneer of transgender studies Sandy Stone, Prodger
cites Stone’s different names (e.g. Sandy Stone, Allucquere Rosanne
Stone, Allucquere Rosanne “Sandy” Stone) as extended embodiments
spanning time and space.
Shot entirely on Prodger’s smartphone, BRIDGIT
presents the single-user technology as a prosthesis or extension of the
nervous system—one which also provides an intimate connection to global
social interaction and work. Body and device become extensions of each
other, and the work becomes a unified meditation on shifting
Charlotte Prodger lives and works in Glasgow.
KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e. V.
Tel. +49 30 243459-0