Northern Dancer (2014)
Four channel monitor installation with audio
Northern Dancer (2014) by Charlotte Prodger was commissioned and produced by The Block. The installation comprises four Block monitors, across which flashes a series of seemingly arbitrary words. These words are in fact racehorse names following the ancestral bloodline of a particular thoroughbred horse named markets, reflecting a convention when naming racehorses of splicing the names of the parent stallion and mare. The accompanying voiceover describes a particular moment in the lives of Gertrude Stein and her lover Alice B. Toklas concerning the obliteration throughout one of Stein's manuscripts of the word 'may'; both a linguistic rebuttal and a 'striking out' of the author's former lover, May Bookstaver.
British Art Show 8