Mobile Movies – Turner Prize Won by Charlotte Prodger with her iPhone

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In April this year we published news that Charlotte Prodger’s iPhone film had been added to the shortlist for the Turner Prize. Today, we are delighted to note that it has now gone on to win the Turner Prize and with it £25,000.

Prodger was born in Bournemouth, UK in 1974. She studied at Goldsmiths, London and The Glasgow School of Art.

Moving image has been at the core of Prodger’s work for two decades. Its ever-evolving formats are inextricably bound to the autobiographical content of her work. She has mined the material properties of numerous moving image formats, not just because they inherently get replaced over time, but because she is fascinated by their formal parameters and socio-political histories; the sticky relationship between form and content. Prodger’s recent videos set up complex tensions between the body, landscape, identity and time.

BRIDGIT is titled after the eponymous Neolithic deity whose name has had multiple iterations across different geographical locations and points in history. BRIDGIT was shot entirely on Prodger’s iPhone, which she approaches as a prosthesis or extension of the nervous system, intimately connected to time, social interaction and work. Body and device become extensions of each other, and the work becomes a unified meditation on shifting subjectivity.

Stoneymollan Trail is named after an ancient coffin road on the west coast of Scotland. A non-linear miscellany of visual material from her personal archive (shot between 1999 and 2015), it traces a history of recent video formats as well as the artist’s personal history. Much of Prodger’s work looks at what happens to speech and the self for which it is a conduit – as it metamorphoses via time, space and technological systems. For voiceovers she frequently asks friends to read out her own diaristic content, while she inhabits other subjectivities by re-speaking the words of people living and dead: friends, anonymous YouTube users and historical figures of influence. The material perpetually shifts around, but is locally grounded in its means of production – based in queerness, communality, technology, language and loss.

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Manod: The Nation’s Treasure Caves – The National Gallery

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5 March  – 8 April 2018, Annenberg Court, Admission free

Hide them in caves and cellars, but not one picture shall leave this island”. (Winston Churchill, 1940)

In 2018, the National Gallery will recall a remarkable chapter in its history when, during the Second World War, its paintings were removed for safekeeping to a disused slate mine in Snowdonia.

Twenty-four archival photographs documenting the dispersal of paintings to Manod near the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog in Wales, together with five photographs of the quarry as it appears today by Robin Friend, will be displayed in the Annenberg Court  

Central to the exhibition is a 30 minute film, Winged Bull in the Elephant Case, directed by photographer Robin Friend, choreographer Wayne McGregor CBE and Rhodri Huw, which is a Studio Wayne McGregor / Illuminations production commissioned by BBC Television and Arts Council England as part of the Performance Live strand. Filmed in a slate mine in Snowdonia and also in the National Gallery, Winged Bull in the Elephant Case follows the journey of a National Gallery painting that has taken human form, as it tries to save its friends and get back home to London. This immersive performance for the screen features choreography from Wayne McGregor, Charlotte Edmonds, Botis Seva and Bonetics, performed by Company Wayne McGregor, Alessandra Ferri, Bonetics, and Far from the Norm. The original music is by Joel Cadbury with performances by pianist Joanna MacGregor and cellist Tunde Jegede, and spoken word performed by Isaiah Hull. Winged Bull in the Elephant Case considers the lengths we will go to in order to preserve our cultural heritage; an issue that is particularly relevant today.

Winged Bull in the Elephant Case will premiere on BBC2 at 10pm on Saturday 3 March 2018.

 

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Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2015

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I was invited once again to this prestigious award ceremony last night in Central London, it’s always a very esteemed event in the Mall Galleries.  The categories, devised to show the culture and production of food in all its variety, now include Food for the Family, seeking everyday scenes of families across the world eating together, and Bring Home the Harvest for images of gathering in food, from cropping lettuces, cutting guava, to shopping in the local supermarket, as well as unearthed® Food in Film for film shorts.

Anglo-French culinary legend Michel Roux Jr., Emily Luchetti, Chair of the James Beard Foundation, USA, and George Motz, Founder and Director, Food Film Festival NYC have joined luminaries of the judging panel such as Jay Rayner, Chair, (The Guardian, Observer, BBC’s The One Show), David Loftus, Jamie Oliver’s photographer, Sanjeev Kapoor, India’s culinary superstar and Chris Beetles, of Beetles & Huxley, one of the world’s leading galleries specialising in photography. 

Take a look at the winning images below (also via BBC):

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition with Mobile Category – Deadline Approaching

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As avid followers of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition for more years than we care to remember we were delighted to learn last year that the organisers have added a mobile category for smartphone photographers aged 17 and under, called WILD-I, hopefully this will be rolled out within the adult category too at … Read moreWildlife Photographer of the Year Competition with Mobile Category – Deadline Approaching

BBC iPlayer iPad App – The Real Review

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Today, the BBC iPlayer launched in the UK Apple App Store. I must admit I’ve been using the Beta web version of this app on my iPad for a while now but this brand new dedicated iPad version is really something else. It allows you to watch and listen live to over 400 hours of … Read moreBBC iPlayer iPad App – The Real Review

BBC iPlayer Now on Blackberry Storm 2, BlackBerry Bold 9700 and BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphones

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This popular BlackBerry application allows you to watch and listen to live BBC TV and radio shows, as well as catch up on BBC programmes from the last seven days (UK only). Whether you’re stuck on a bus and about to miss the beginning of Spooks, or wanting to catch up on the last episode … Read moreBBC iPlayer Now on Blackberry Storm 2, BlackBerry Bold 9700 and BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphones

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