May 2018, arsenal cinema

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


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 (24. & 25.5.)

arsenal cinema: Retrospective Pietro Germi

07:30 pm Cinema 1

Signore e signori

Signore e signori The Birds, the Bees and the Italians
Italy/France 1966 With Virna Lisi, Gastone Moschin, Franco Fabrizi
35 mm OV/EnS 118 min

Introduced by Gerhard Midding
arsenal cinema: Technologies of Violence

08:00 pm Cinema 2

Lessons Of War

Welcome To The Desert Of The Real

Sheik Attack

Larvae Channel 2

Nation State

Chic Point

Body Of War

In The Name Of Kernel Series

Secret Strikes. Rabobank

War machines
Lessons Of War Peggy Ahwesh USA 2014
Digital file without dialogue 5 min
Welcome To The Desert Of The Real Paolo Pedercini I 2009
Digital file without dialogue 6 min
Sheik Attack Eddo Stern Israel 2000
Digital file without dialogue 16 min
Larvae Channel 2 Wael Shawky Egypt 2009
Digital file without dialogue 9 min
Nation State Larissa Sansour Palestine 2012
Digital file without dialogue 9 min
Chic Point Shariff Waked Palestine 2005
Digital file without dialogue 7 min
Body Of War Isabel Rocamora Spain/UK 2010
Digital file without dialogue 20 min
In The Name Of Kernel Series Joan Leandre E/PL 2016
Digital file without dialogue 15 min
Secret Strikes. Rabobank Alicia Framis Spain/NL 2004
Digital file without dialogue 7 min

Introduced by Piedad Solans and Maria Morata