Ceremony by Phil Collins

Free admission, reservations required
Date and time
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 7 PM to 8:30 PM

The Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art in collaboration with the CCA presents a screening of Ceremony by Phil Collins

What is the relationship between Manchester in 2018 and the Russian Revolution of 1917? The German philosopher Friedrich Engels, who wrote the Communist Manifesto with Karl Marx, lived for years in this British industrial city. Through this founder of communist theory, artist Phil Collins investigates what remains of his ideas in today’s United Kingdom. How would Engels view the world today? And has anything changed for ‘the working poor’?

Collins not only brings Engels back to Manchester metaphorically, but also literally. We follow the journey that a statue of the philosopher makes from a Ukrainian village through Europe and back 'home'. With his visually layered Ceremony, a combination of documentary road movie and social-activist pamphlet, Collins proposes a renewed link between Manchester and the idea of communism as a radical and visionary alternative for the 'tyranny of capital' that still has a grip on our political, economic and emotional life.

Phil Collins
67 min, English, German, Ukrainian

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Phil Collins
Born in 1970, Phil Collins grew up in the North of England. He studied at the University of Manchester (BA English Literature and BA Drama), and University of Ulster in Belfast (MA Fine Art). During this time he worked different jobs, including a cloakroom boy and pint-puller at the Hacienda nightclub, a bingo caller, a lecturer in performance and film theory, a high-street photo lab assistant, and a secretary at the
Big Issue magazine for the homeless.

Recent projects and solo presentations of his work include Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC), Belfast and Creative Time, New York (both 2018); Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland and Manchester International Festival (both 2017); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (both 2016); Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2015); Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2013); and British Film Institute, London (2011).

Collins currently lives in Berlin and Wuppertal. He is Professor of Video Art and Performance at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne.

Phil Collins
Ceremony, 2018
67 min
Courtesy Shady Lane Productions, Berlin


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