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Chapter Arts Centre: Phil Collins: This Unfortunate Thing Between Us - 6 Oct 2012 to 13 Jan 2013

Current Exhibition

6 Oct 2012 to 13 Jan 2013
Opening times: Monday – Sunday 10am–9pm
Chapter Arts Centre
Market Road
United Kingdom

Lightbox Commission: Phil Collins: This Unfortunate Thing Between Us

Artists in this exhibition: Phil Collins

Phil Collins: This Unfortunate Thing Between Us

Sat 6 October - Sun 13 January
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Outside our entrance two second–hand caravans are hosting the UK premiere of Phil Collins’ video installation based on his recent eponymous performance. Originally presented in 2011 at the Hebbel am Ufer theatre in Berlin and on German public television, This Unfortunate Thing Between Us consists of two live broadcasts.

Hosted by a crew of actors and porn workers, and featuring live music by Gruff Rhys and Y Niwl, This Unfortunate Thing Between Us follows the logic and grammar of the teleshopping channel, including pitches, sales and phone–ins. Instead of commodities, viewers are offered a choice of experiences at promotional prices. Providing an opportunity to face up to our contemporary desires and fears, TUTBU TV brings together a live audience and home viewers for a glimpse of what may well prove to be the future of consumerism.

Phil Collins’ films, photographs, installations, and live events often use elements of low–budget television and the entertainment industry to dissect the political and aesthetic implications of popular visual formats. His collaborators have ranged from former teachers of Marxism in the GDR and anti–fascist skinheads in Malaysia, to fans of The Smiths that span three continents and disco–dancing Palestinians.

Presented at Chapter as part of Artes Mundi 5. For more information about Artes Mundi, the shortlisted artists or the exhibition at National Museum Cardiff visit

Phil Collins is based in Berlin and Cologne, where he is a professor of video art at the Kunsthochschule fu¨r Medien. Recent solo exhibitions include Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2012); British Film Institute, London (2011); Tramway, Glasgow (2009). Group exhibitions include Revolution vs. Revolution, Beirut Art Center and Hors Pistes 2012, Centre Pompidou, Paris (both 2012); Museum der Wu¨nsche, MUMOK, Vienna; Berlin 2000-20011, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo; and Ostalgia, New Museum, New York (all 2011); as well as biennales in Singapore (2011), Berlin (2010), Turner Prize (2006) and Istanbul (2005). Collins’ films have been shown at international film festivals, including Rotterdam, Oberhausen, and Berlin. His works are held in significant public collections such as, among others, Tate, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

Open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday 12-6pm; Thursday & Friday 12-8pm; closed Monday

Lightbox Commission: Phil Collins: This Unfortunate Thing Between Us

Fri 9 Nov - Tue 4 Dec
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Commissioned as part of Experimentica 2012, the lightbox features a vibrant montage of the characters from Collins’ critically acclaimed video installation – This Unfortunate Thing Between Us (TUTBU TV) – showing at Chapter until 13 January.

A vast collage has been assembled from images that take us behind the scenes and into the world of Collins’ theatrical TV production. Featuring a cast of larger-than-life characters, including Wales’ own pop hero Gruff Rhys, the artwork provides a riotous backdrop against which to experience the videos, screening in parallel in the TUTBU TV caravans that nestle below on the forecourt.

These two second–hand caravans host the UK premiere of This Unfortunate Thing Between Us. First performed in September 2011 and broadcast live on German digital television, TUTBU TV is an alternative home shopping channel selling real life experiences at promotional prices, in place of mass-produced commodities.

Hosted by a crew of actors and porn workers, and sound-tracked live by Gruff Rhys and Y Niwl, TUTBU TV adopts the format of teleshopping, with pitches, demonstrations and live phone–ins, providing a tantalizing glimpse into what could be the future of consumer television.

TUTBU TV is open Tuesday – Sunday 12-6pm and admission is free.

TUTBU TV is presented at Chapter as part of Artes Mundi, the largest UK art prize and exhibition that can be seen at the National Museum Cardiff. Phil Collins is one of seven shortlisted artists and the winner of the £40,000 prize will be announced on 29 November.

The Phil Collins lightbox commission has received financial support from Cardiff Contemporary, a Cardiff Council initiative developed in?partnership with Cardiff's visual art, design and architecture communities.


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