Ming of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys in the Air
by Phillip Warnell, United Kingdom, Belgium, USA 2014, 71'
WRITTEN BY: Antoine Yates   MUSIC: Hildur Gudnadottir
CAMERA: David Raedeker   SOUND: Emmet O’Donnel
EDITING: Phillip Warnell, Chiara Armentano   PRODUCER: Phillip Warnell, Madaleine Molyneaux
TEXT: Jean-Luc Nancy (poem)   PRODUCTION e DISTRIBUTION: Big Other Films Ltd
VOICE OVER: Antoine Yates, Hildur Gudnadottir   LANGUAGE: Inglese

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film
Presented at Schermo dell'arte Film Festival 2014

Ming, Al, and Antoine Yates lived together serenely in an apartment on the 21st floor of the Drew Hamilton Complex in Harlem. But in 2003, it turned out that Ming is a 500 pound Bengal tiger, Al a 7 foot-long alligator. This revelation caused protests in the neighborhood, and a visit from the police, which ended this domestic arrangement. Yates, interviewed on television, doesn’t hesitate to define their 3-way cohabitation as a “love story”. Winner of the G. de Beauregard Prize at FID Marseille 2014, Phillip Warnell’s film, which includes Yates’ memories and a poetic commentary by philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, deals with the enigmatic, ancestral relation between man and the animal world, and how the latter represents a profound part of the former.  

Phillip Warnell
Is an artist/filmmaker and academic based in London. He uses the human and animal body or material pertaining to it as a site of exploration, producing a series of performative film works, most recently in collaboration with philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy. These are concerned with poetic and visual mediations on body-space-geography relationships.
Warnell's performances and films have been witnessed and screened internationally in exhibitions, festivals and curated screenings. Most recently these have included at Extra City (Antwerp, 2014), Fotogalerie (Wien, 2014), New York Film Festival (2014), Sharjah Biennial (2013). His writings, on notions of the life-like, have been widely published in journals and publications.  

Selected Filmography
2012 I Fisrt Saw the Light 2009 Outlandish: Strange Foreign Bodies 2008 The Girl with X-Ray Eyes


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