A sound installation and collaborative project with a survival station for the homeless in Cologne (color vinyl).
In 2013 at the Gulliver help for the homeless center in Cologne, English artist and musician Phil Collins installed a phone booth with a free line that anyone could use for unlimited local and international calls on the agreement that the conversations would be recorded and anonymised. The selected material was posted to a group of international musicians serving as the starting point for original new songs. Having worked for a homeless magazine in the 1990's, Collins has a long-standing interest in issues relating to these communities. Bringing to the fore the lyrical and narrative potential of the human voice when it stands in for those subjects of city life who are purposefully ignored and routinely overlooked, he dramatises the moment of communication as an emotional and ambivalent exchange.
B: Well, I wanted to call you for your birthday, but then I had no money and, you know, but today I found a phone booth where I can call for free.
A: I see. So, and what is the news with you?
B: Me? Oh, not much... Just living, you know. Just living.
(Excerpt from Telephone conversation #48)
Phil Collins (born 1970, Runcorn, England) lives in Berlin and Cologne, where he is Professor of Video Art at the Academy of Media Arts. Since the late 1990s, Phil Collins' diverse practice has addressed the act of image-making, examining how we participate in and understand culture through the camera's lens. Characteristic of the artist's approach is a close engagement with place and communities.
Texts by Mark Fisher and Florian Schneider.
Published with Shady Lane Productions.
published in September 2015
2 LPs, silkscreened gatefold sleeve, green / red vinyls + 32 pages booklet