February 17, 2016 - Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University - Phil Collins: A Learning Site
February 17, 2016

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University

Phil Collins, the meaning of style (still), 2011. Video, 4:50 minutes. Courtesy Shady Lane Productions, Berlin and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. 

Phil Collins: A Learning Site
March 2–April 21, 2016

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University
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The multilayered practice of British artist Phil Collins is the focus of a constellation of curatorial and academic activities this spring dedicated to exhibiting, experiencing, studying, and analyzing the work of one of contemporary art’s most engaging voices. 

Phil Collins has consistently pushed the boundaries of art and documentary filmmaking from filming teenagers in Bogotá, Jakarta, and Istanbul singing an entire album of songs by The Smiths; to working with young anti-fascist skinheads in Malaysia; to employing a cast of actors, porn workers, and musicians to host an alternative shopping channel broadcast live on German television; to making a cinematic love letter to the city of Glasgow. He thoughtfully conceives frameworks or situations that weave our shared realities and everyday life together with fiction and uncertainty. Viewers are reminded of the persuasive force of popular culture on seemingly disparate peoples and places, while questioning global dispersion of Western images, fashion, music, media, and advertising.

Phil Collins: A Learning Site will feature a series of public seminars, screenings and a video installation, and conclude with a weeklong residency and public talk by the artist. Organized in conjunction with a course in Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University taught by James Voorhies, the John R. and Barbara Robinson Director of the Carpenter Center, Phil Collins: A Learning Site merges the public sphere of the exhibition model with the intimacy, intellectual rigor, social engagement, and critical reflection of an academic seminar. The aim is to focus on and think through as a community the impact of this singular artist within the context of recent art history and contemporary culture.

Modules of Phil Collins: A Learning Site 

Sert Gallery, Level 3
March 2–April 17: the meaning of style (2011), 4:50 minutes

Public screenings
Lecture Hall, Level 0
March 24, 5:30pm: dunia tak akan mendengar [the world wont listen] (2007), 56 minutes
March 31, 6pm: This Unfortunate Thing Between Us (2011), 2 x 60 minutes with interval.

Public screening + artist talk
Lecture Hall, Level 0
April 7, 6pm: Tomorrow Is Always Too Long (2014), 82 minutes

Open seminars
Sert Gallery, Level 3
March 24, 7–8:30pm
April 21, 6–7:30pm

Sert practitioner residency
April 3–9

Phil Collins & Siniša Mitrović Select organized with Harvard Film Archive
Lecture Hall, Level 0
April 8, 7pm
Power (Vlatko Gilić, 1974), 34 minutes
Tito Among the Serbs For the Second Time (Želimir Žilnik, 1993), 45 minutes

April 8, 9pm
The Psychic Parrot (Derek Lamb, 1977), 20 minutes
Television: The Enchanted Mirror (Julene Bair, George Csicsery, 1981), 28 minutes
The War Game (Peter Watkins, 1966), 49 minutes
Evidence (Godfrey Reggio, 1995), 8 minutes

Additional Carpenter Center programs:

Margaret Lee: de, da, do...da
Until April 10 
In de, da, doda, commissioned for Display Case, Lee explores connections between gender and gesture and their legacy within the history of Abstract and Expressionist art. The installation confronts questions around mark-making and gendered indexical traces embodied in human movements.

Consumer Research Center/bookshop
February 26–ongoing
Consumer Research Center/ is a public arena and research platform that uses familiar forms of consumer exchange—bookshops, coffee bars, fashion and design boutiques, and farmers markets—to pose questions about the significance and value of consumer points for building publics and community.

CRC/bookshop is a bookshop at the Carpenter Center that will have more than 500 titles by artists, critics, filmmakers, and cultural institutions from around the world. CRC/bookshop is a collaboration with Berlin-based bookseller Motto Books and here will serve as the locus of exhibition and programming activity. 

Martin Beck: An Organized System of Instructions
April 14, 6:30pm 
In this penultimate episode of Beck’s Program, the artist inhabits one of the most common and frequently utilized formats of public address—the artist lecture.

Visit carpenter.center to learn more. 

About Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University is dedicated to the synthesis of art, design, and education through the exhibition of existing works and production of new commissions. It strives to bring people, ideas, and objects together in generative ways that provide unparalleled experiences with contemporary art, ultimately enriching the creative and intellectual lives of our audiences.  

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