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

07:00 pm Cinema 1

Gioventù perduta

Gioventù perduta Lost Youth Italy 1948
With Carla Del Poggio, Massimo Girotti, Jacques Sernas
35 mm OV/EnS 86 min
Print: CSC Cineteca Nazionale

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

08:00 pm Cinema 2






Nach Osten schauen


A Printed Film




*71 D 2005 16 mm 7 min
*Herman(n) D 2011 16 mm 8 min
*Bread D 1994 16 mm 3 min
Fontanestr. D 2006 16 mm 3 min
*iiiii D 2012 16 mm 2 min
*Nach Osten schauen D 2017 16 mm 3 min
*Geographie D 1999 35 mm 1 min
*A Printed Film D 1994 35 mm 2 min
*Noor D 2003 16 mm 6 min
*Santoor D 1998 35 mm 13 min
*Mosaïc D 2001 35 mm 45 min

Deborah S. Phillips in person
arsenal cinema: Retrospective Pietro Germi

09:00 pm Cinema 1

La città si difende

La città si difende Italy 1951
With Gina Lollobrigida, Renato Baldini, Cosetta Greco
35 mm OV/EnS 81 min