Phil Collins: A Learning Site


Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 2:55pm


Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Level 3, Sert Gallery

Exhibition dates: March 2–April 21, 2016
Presented byCarpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Hours: Galleries: 12–7, Wed–Sun
Free and open to the public

The multilayered practice of British artist Phil Collins is the focus of a constellation of curatorial and academic activities over three months dedicated to exhibiting, experiencing, studying, and analyzing the work of one of contemporary art’s most engaging voices. 

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 acourse in Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard 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.

Organized by James Voorhies, the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director. 

Learning Site Components

Video Installation: Level 3, Sert Gallery
Mar 2–Apr 17: the meaning of style (2011). 4 min. 50 sec. 

2 Open Seminars:
 Level 3, Sert Gallery 
Mar 24, 7–8:30 pm
Apr 21, 6–7:30 pm

2 Screenings: Level 0, Lecture Hall
Mar 24, 5:30 pm: the world won’t listen (2004–07). 56 min. 
Mar 31, 6 pm: This Unfortunate Thing Between Us (2011). 120 min.

Screening + Artist Talk: Level 0, Lecture Hall
Apr 7, 6 pm: Tomorrow Is Always Too Long (2014). 82 min.

Sert Practitioner Residency
Apr 3–9, 2016

Phil Collins & Siniša Mitrović Select
 at Harvard Film Archive: Level 0, Lecture Hall
Apr 8, 7 pm
Power (Vlatko Gilic, 1974) 34 min.
Tito Among the Serbs For the Second Time (Zelimir Zilnik, 1993) 45 min.

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