The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Scots artist nom­i­nated for Turner

Prodger’ s work iPhone-based


An artist who uses her iPhone like a “pros­the­sis” in her work and an aca­demic col­lec­tive have been short­listed for this year’s Turner Prize.

The £25,000 art prize is fa­mous for cat­a­pult­ing works such as a huge sculp­ture of but­tocks and an un­made bed into the spot­light.

This year’s short­list is more overtly po­lit­i­cal, with the artists all tack­ling “press­ing po­lit­i­cal and hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sues of to­day”.

They in­clude Glas­gow­based artist Char­lotte Prodger’s work in­cludes Bridgit, filmed en­tirely on her iPhone. Judges said she ap­proaches the iPhone “as a pros­the­sis or ex­ten­sion of the ner­vous sys­tem ... Body and de­vice be­come ex­ten­sions of each other”.

The aca­demic group short­listed, Foren­sic Ar­chi­tec­ture, is known for its “spa­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions of state and cor­po­rate vi­o­la­tions world­wide” and also uses mo­bile phone footage in much of its work.

The group in­cludes ar­chi­tects, film-makers, soft­ware de­vel­op­ers, in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ists, lawyers and sci­en­tists. The group uses “in­no­va­tive meth­ods” to source and vi­su­alise evi- dence re­lat­ing to hu­man rights abuses around the world, in­ves­ti­gat­ing “state and cor­po­rate vi­o­la­tions world­wide”.

Naeem Mo­haiemen, 49, whose work en­com­passes films, in­stal­la­tions and es­says, is also on the short­list.

His films, in­stal­la­tions and es­says in­ves­ti­gate a “sense of melan­cho­lia for lost po­lit­i­cal dreams”, mem­o­ries of Left­ist po­lit­i­cal utopias and “lega­cies of de­coloni­sa­tion”.

An ex­hi­bi­tion of work by the artists will be staged at Tate Bri­tain from Septem­ber 25 and the win­ner of the prize will be an­nounced in De­cem­ber.

 ??  ?? LISTED: A still from Tripoli Can­celled, 2017, a film by Naeem Mo­haiemen
LISTED: A still from Tripoli Can­celled, 2017, a film by Naeem Mo­haiemen

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