Artist wins coveted Turner Prize for short films shot on iPhone

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Artist Charlotte Prodger was presented the 2018 Turner Prize at a ceremony in London on Tuesday for a moving-image exhibition comprised of two short films, "Bridgit" and "Stoneymollan Trail," which was filmed entirely on an iPhone.

Charlotte Prodger accepting her Turner Prize
Charlotte Prodger accepting her Turner Prize | Source: Peter Nicholls/Reuters


Filmed over the course of a year, "Bridgit" is described as an "unexpectedly expansive" work that explores class and gender identity through autobiographical narration, quotes from well-known books and footage captured by iPhone.

The film features scenic shots of the Scottish countryside, a T-shirt haphazardly placed on a radiator, and a kitten playing among other seemingly innocuous imagery, as reported by The Guardian.

Prodger said she chose to film on iPhone "because of that ease of use and the way you can use it while you are going about the world. For me, everything is in there." Prodger travels alone which makes a larger camera problematic.

This was the "most profound use of a device as prosaic as the iPhone camera that we've seen in art to date," said director of Tate Britain, Alex Farquharson, who also chaired the judging panel.

The award -- which comes accompanied by a 25,000 pound cash prize -- is decided by a jury of four members and goes to an artist for outstanding exhibition or other presentation.

Congratulations to Charlotte Prodger, winner of Britain's prestigious Turner Prize. A first for a film shot on iPhone, and another milestone in the democratization of photography and filmmaking. https://t.co/zlQbelQIPb

-- Tim Cook (@tim_cook)


Tim Cook took to Twitter as he often does to congratulate Prodger.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    “The Turner Prize 2018 exhibition at Tate Britain is thoroughly consistent. From beginning to end, this soul-crusher of a show is unusually awful.

    Consisting only of video art, and weighing in at eight or so hours of nocturnal viewing, the relentlessly bleak display is devoted entirely to evening-class politics. With a show as grim as this, there are no winners, just a sliding scale of awfulness.

    The least bad is Charlotte Prodger, whose biographical complaint about the sexual misunderstandings she has faced as a lesbian shelves its narcissism now and then to confront us with a nice image filmed on her iPhone.”

    Waldemar Januszczak, Art Critic Sunday Times

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  • Reply 2 of 6
    The picture has three women in it. Which one is Charlotte?
    maltz
  • Reply 3 of 6
    irelandireland Posts: 17,468member
    I'm big into film. Where might I be able to see her short films?

    Bridgit is 32 minutes long, I'd like to watch it. Anyone?
    edited December 5
  • Reply 4 of 6
    irelandireland Posts: 17,468member
    The picture has three women in it. Which one is Charlotte?
    If in doubt, pick the middle one. Yep: correct. Scottish; ginger; aye!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/theblankket/4143003530/

    Referring to the black woman; she appears in one of another Turner Prize candidates' films:


    edited December 5
  • Reply 5 of 6
    MacProMacPro Posts: 17,772member
    I just hope we never see one made with the iPhone held vertically as so many people do.  It would just add legitimacy to the moronic practice.
    maltz
  • Reply 6 of 6
    maltzmaltz Posts: 104member
    MacPro said:
    I just hope we never see one made with the iPhone held vertically as so many people do.  It would just add legitimacy to the moronic practice.
    IMO, the frame orientation should ALWAYS either be landscape or at least match the orientation of the subject.  What drives me nuts is when someone is shooting a general scene in portrait.  That said, I get what drives people to do it - they're not photographers and don't think about it, and it's easier to shoot holding your phone in a natural way.  I always thought it was odd that the rear-facing image sensor wasn't mounted 90º from the orientation of the phone.
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