Zabludowicz Collection Invites: Heather Phillipson
through the flesh tone scenario, the imported combi-boudoir
26 September–3 November
Heather Phillipson (born 1978, London, UK). Phillipson's work is committed to a playful confrontation with the elasticity of articulation. Her video installations and 'talking pictures' (video with live voice) splice tropes from cinema, art, music and literature with audiovisual non-sequiturs and sundry domestic items, to dynamic effect. An accomplished musician and poet, Phillipson deploys sound and language with impertinence: the videos are detours and equivocations that threaten to get out of control. Spurious narratives emerge through the plastering of vivid and degenerated images, pop and profundity, internet discourses and the drollery of internal monologue. The videos jolt between intimacy and detachment, the actual and the virtual. Housed within carefully constructed sculptural elements, attention is drawn to physical relations between audience and screen: the contingency of body and surface.
Download the PDF to read an interview with curator Ellen Mara De Wachter and Heather Phillipson
2012 saw Phillipson's work included in exhibitions at Flat Time House, Cubitt and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and CIRCA, Newcastle, and Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland. Phillipson was a LUX Associate Artist in 2011/12.