Charlotte Prodger- notes in the dark

Notes in the dark: Turner Prize Charlotte Prodger

Swans and ducks on beach,  Wind in microphone booms along with the sound of waves.

Toilet stories - people thinking she is a boy.  Stationery camera, no jiggle.  Definite whop whop of wind.

Being mistaken for boy - is it because with swans we admire even though we can’t tell sex?

“closeted as well as a cradle snatcher”

Beep + standing stones and heather hills.  Quiet, no speech but yellow capitalised text of names and the ward grid and Agnes Martin.  Wind in microphone whops plus water, grasses and occasional insect, airplane and footsteps.

Where else do people sit on the floor? Airports when fights cancelled.

Fourth wall “ and now while you are watching it” - activity of the ward.



General moor sound runs into this black

Speech, scream? Hurdy gurdy

Red +

Loud and a bit painful

Overlaid (?) of stationary TV screen, lights mountain sky

Finger obscures image partially, complexity (?) red then blue of sky.  Is the mountain japanese? Is it Mt Fuji, initial word.  Image of Charlotte on screen- no, Swiss type and lots of dust

Moves to cat, stretched out on bed asleep.

(lean against wall, but there are sound panels at shoulder height which means leaning is painful and unsupported, handbag in small of back)

Whop whop of wind on the thrum of engine on Ferry, looking back over trail, almost but not always horizontal up down of boat like up down of camera in initial shot in bed, rise and fall of breath -long shot of long journey, quiet, seeing no change

Sandy Stone 1999

Virtual systems theory

Technology / embodiedness etc

Island of nuns 4 year isolation retreats

Bandwidth and reality, 

hot medium wide, 

cool medium - narrow bandwidth

Computer view text - more deep and obsessive connection - like nuns on island

Obvious but not stated

Space for own thought

Bigger rise and fall of boat standing stones

Lesbian seperation

Laughter from audience

Sandy Stone

Child and parent with baby walk in, little boy was (?) to the front and sits on floor with others as if this is normal - which in primary school it probably is.

T shirt with cat mage, face like cat enjoying light

Sock an blacker just visible rising and falling with breathing

Sinuses recover room nurse - altered states

Socket crooked compared to skirting board

Fall asleep


Don’t know had op

Dog and standing stone and expanding white line grid overlay wider and wider until just central line on standing stone and five horizontal lines visible (sketch).  

(I thought the grid was going to be like an archaic computer game, especially after she describes the recovery nurse (two twelve hour shifts a week) who did the animation for her, rather than just expanding lines.)

No sound

Thank you

And references

The war of desire 199?

Blank - people sit still don’t know its finished

can’t leave until it starts agains as then the light levels go up

Glarey window with plants and trainers

Slight jerk of focus

Rise and fall of breathing

Radio? Tv? friends(male) in background, half a telephone conversation

Squeaky thumpy music

Describe focused attention of the upcoming surgery “But your no there”

Misty hillside

Scratchy music overlaps the quiet birdsong

Still, complex but stationery


19/19 acid Julian Cope

(Two people come and get along wall closer to screen but not against wall so obscure my view by at least half)

Great Mother



Residential care home work didn’t know any lesbians - no experience

18 month waiting whilst full time shift work - limbo  closeted libidinious energy

Using screens, texting screens


Black bird song (?)




Australian anaesthetist transition room


Greening yellow glow on screen

What you think about now is what you are going to dream about 

Filed sliced show

Longer that I realised being (?)(ref to own GA experience)

Last content before nothing

Brighter yellow

Strange burning plastic machine plus its noise (read this as nausea first)

Not clear what it is doing

Just see laser cutting? Or laser building in plastic

Cat enjoying light

Fills screen black 

Cat white light.

Changing angle, bit of flare

Loose jazz with clunky thump

Like shoe in washing machine

Who still sets watch to beep? Or has phone that beeps  (? ? ) and his phone is annoying me - he should be at the back or outside

Lots of flare

Bits of flowerpots



Squiggly sax

White bright

The view of red lorry

In winter landscape keeping 

Pace with train and speech

Bridget names

Red tanker on misty ocean

Deities many names

3 diff phases old, middle aged, young - different names

Repeats names of goddesses

Furry cap brim and cherry trees in blossom against grey sky

General sounds of people in background, shouting, footsteps

Hat moves against net(?) of trees, loud (?) noise and airplane or thunder?

Specific dates without year

Some direct quotes

Quiet, three standing stones

Yellow Text

Ward 48 Grid


 7:30 wait  .                ward


     theater recovery

(sketch much easier with pen on paper)

Next one comes in …



This infinite

Time space  (?)

Before I was there

When I wrote this

When I edited it

When you watch this

Phone goes off

Black.  Or lighter


Yellow (?)


Identity package

The adult is not merely the child a bit later on in time

Scrabbled in handbag for phone next door

on TV screen with raueam (?) music


(I looked it up - it is a sanskrit word meaning consciousness )

The Tate publication says this is her computer monitor with a named flat drive visible- named after Alice Coltrane (jazz musician)