by Phil Collins, United Kingdom 2018, 67'
CAMERA: Neus Ollè-Soronellas, Joseph Briffa, Jonathan Stow, Alex Large David Bewick, Pedro Labanca, Federico Funari, Phil Collins, Sinisa Mitrovi, Matthias Schellenberg   PRODUCER: Sinisa Mitrovic, Natasha Dack Ojumu
EDITING: David Charap, Andreas Dalstrom   LANGUAGE: English

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film
Presented at Lo schermo dell'arte Film Festival 2018

   Phil Collins, artist nominated for the Turner Prize in 2006, delves into the history of Manchester, and embarks on a journey in search of German philosopher Friedrich Engels, who co-authored the Communist Manifesto in 1848 with Karl Marx. Engelslived in Manchester for twenty years; his political thought matured there. Collins found an intact statue of him, similar to the many destroyed portraits of leaders of the Soviet era, in a small town in Ukraine. He arranged to have it transported on a truck across Europe and placed in the center of Manchester, in the square in front of the building of the HOME Art Center.
In Collins’ film, images of the statue's long journey are associated with those of the great popular festival for the installation ceremony of the monument, held in 2017 for the Sixth Edition of the Manchester International Festival. Europe’s first industrial city gives a "welcome back" party to the man whose writings contributed to a radical change in history and modern society. In addition to witnessing the statue'sjourney, Collins, whose film 
MarxismToday (Prologue) was presented by Lo Schermo dell’Arte in 2010, follows the stories of some working class Mancunians today, to analyze their current status as workers and reflect on the historical, economic and social changes of the last century. 
Ceremony is a tribute to the German thinker’s i mportance in the history of the English city that was instrumental in the development of his theories, and affirms the crucial role they played in the development of radical thought, not only in Europe.

Phil Collins 
English visual artist and filmmaker based in Berlinand Wuppertal, Germany. He is professor of Video Art and Performance at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. Since the late 1990s he has explored the intersections of art, politics and media. Characteristic of his approach is a close engagement with places and a wide range of collaborators, which have included, amongst others, Kosovian Albanian refugees, fans of The Smiths across three continents, teachers of Marxism-Leninism from the former German Democratic Republic, prisoners of one of the United States largest prisons, pensioners, school kids and even a symphonic orchestra in Glasgow.


Selected Filmography
Delete Beach  2014 
Tomorrow is Always Too Long  2012 The Meaning of Style  2010 Marxism Today (Prologue)  2008 Soy Mi Madre

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