May 2018, arsenal cinema

Catalogue Presentation: Deborah S. Phillips – Colours, Places, and Ornaments

UNTITLED COLOURMATION, 1992

Deborah S. Phillips is an artist who works with different analogue media. She began her artistic career by studying painting, before primarily working with analogue visual materials. From painting, she started making picture series and 16mm films. Thanks to the support of the Senate Department for Cultural Affairs’ Female Artists’ Program, she is able to present a comprehensive catalogue which offers insights into her diverse forms of artistic expression and the multimedia aspects of her work. Over two evenings, we will be examining Deborah S. Phillips’ oeuvre: colors, people, places, ornaments on Super 8, 16mm and 35mm and in the form of performances.

Her first 16mm films came about from ideas generated while helping colleagues with their own film projects, such as UNTITLED COLOURMATION. Shortly afterwards, she spent nearly a year animating bread with the support of members of an artists’ collective in Braunschweig (BREAD). During this period, she continued to do printing; at some point, it also seemed logical to print on film. BREAD and A PRINTED FILM then formed part of the Days of German Culture in Central Asia in the mid-90s. She began to supplement her silent films by creating sound for them in performances. Via discussions with people in the Muslim-majority and former Soviet countries of the region, she came up with the idea of creating a project in which Jewish and Islam ornaments and sounds would flow together, which was called MOSAïC. The engagement with genius loci and the people she came into contact with create their own dynamic here. In this way, she repeatedly made films that revolve around places and ornaments. More at deborahsp.wordpress.com (24. & 25.5.)

arsenal cinema: Closing event - Youth Make Movies!

05:30 pm Cinema 1


Ich hab’s doch gesehen

Ich hab’s doch gesehen
Students of Katholische Schule Liebfrauen
Germany 2018 Digital file 10 min
and a surprise program with short films approx. 50 min

arsenal cinema: Public screening: re-selected – Five films from Latin America, 1969–1980

07:00 pm Cinema 2


Liber Arce – liberarse

Colombia 70

Campesinos

Las A.A.A. son las tres armas

La zona intertidal

Five films from Latin America, 1969–1980
*Liber Arce – liberarse Mario Handler Uruguay 1969
16 mm silent, German Intertitles 10 min
*Colombia 70 Carlos Álvarez Colombia 1970
16 mm span. OV 5 min
Campesinos Marta Rodríguez, Jorge Silva Colombia 1975
16 mm GV 50 min
*Las A.A.A. son las tres armas Cine de la Base Argentina
Argentina 1977 16 mm GV 18 min
*La zona intertidal Guillermo Escalon, Manuel Sorto, Taller De Los Vagos
El Salvador 1980 16 mm without dialogue 15 min
Free admission

Peter B. Schumann in person
arsenal cinema: Anna May Wong – Star, Icon, Boundary Breaker

08:00 pm Cinema 1


The Toll of the Sea

The Toll of the Sea Chester M. Franklin USA 1922
With Anna May Wong, Kenneth Harlan, Beatrice Bentley
35 mm English Intertitles 55 min
35 mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive

Eunice Martins on grand piano