A voiceover acts as a guide through a montage of fragments—of text and moving image—gleaned from different places and points in the artist’s life. This voice could be that of a friend reading diaristic content of the artist, or the artist herself inhabiting other subjectivities by re-speaking the words of people living and dead: friends, anonymous YouTube users and historical figures who influence her. Working with video, writing and performance, Charlotte Prodger considers the inter-textual relationships between each of these materials to look at what happens to speech—and the self for which it is a conduit—as it metamorphoses via time, space and various technological systems.
As one of four artists commissioned to produce new work for VII (2017–2018), Social Movement, Charlotte Prodger will further her current exploration into the complex intertwining of landscape, bodies, technology and language, by looking at how queer lives can be lived outwith the densely-populated urban contexts that dominate popular LGBTQI narratives. She is developing a new work that seeks to explore what happens to the coded signifiers of queer bodies within uninhabited wildernesses.
Charlotte Prodger (b.1974, Bournemouth, UK). Lives in Glasgow.