Phil Collins: yeah…, baby you

Phil Collins: they shoot horses (film still), 2004.


9 April - 25 May 2005

UK artist Phil Collins’ exhibition for Milton Keynes Gallery was his most comprehensive to date and comprised a selection of video and photographic projects and a new commission for Milton Keynes.

The show included the UK première of Collins’ remarkable two-screen video installation they shoot horses, 2004. For this work Collins went to Ramallah, Palestine, where he auditioned a number of young people to participate in an 8 hour ‘disco-dance marathon’. The resulting film was by turns energetic, amusing, beguiling and moving. The work is about survivalism and collapse, heroism and exploitation and the cabin fever mentality generated by eight hours of repetitive action.

Also shown was the world won’t listen, (2005), a karaoke machine made for fans of The Smiths in Bogotá. Working with local musicians, Collins re-recorded the backing tracks of the entire album and after a city-wide campaign filmed sixty singers over three days.

This exhibition was organised by Milton Keynes Gallery and subsequently toured to The National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, Albania; firstsite, Colchester; Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, and Neue Kunst Halle, St.Gallen, Switzerland.

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