Monday May 18, 7:30pm
Exploring Color: Works by Deborah S. Phillips
16mm films and multi-projection performance
admission $6 – artist in person visiting from Berlin


From T’Chelet (performance for 16mm film & 2 slide projectors, Deborah S. Phillips, 2015)

We are pleased to welcome Berlin-based artist Deborah S. Phillips to the gallery for an evening of new and recent 16mm film and multi-projector expanded cinema compositions. The three works in the program descend deeply into the essence of the primary colors of red and blue, including chemical, culinary, linguistic and musical. The program includes the premiere of Phillips’ performance for 16mm film and two slide projectors T’chelet, completed in 2015 and based on the color blue, the 11-minute 16mm film Capsicum centered around the color red, and a nearly completely black film Chin-Chin accompanied by a special live and participatory soundtrack.

A Q&A with the artist will follow the screening.

DEBORAH S. PHILLIPS is a Berlin-based visual artist who has been working in a variety of analogue and old-fashioned media including 16mm film, film slides, works on paper and handmade books for more than 25 years. From 1988 – 2001 she was an active member of the Braunschweig-based artist collective LABORATORIUM where she first started working with film, and in 2007 she co-founded Kunstverein Neukölln, a gallery and art centre presenting film screenings, performances and installations. Phillips’ work, which often involves in-depth explorations of monochromes, has been shown among others at the Goethe Institut (Berlin, GE), Arsenal (Berlin, GE), Lightcone (Paris, FR), Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (GE), Toronto International Film Festival (CA), Anthology Film Archives, and Millennium Film Workshop (NY), among others.


16mm film, color, sound, 2008, 11 minutes
“My colour research began by delving into red, which is often called the colour of colours. A reddish cow, borsht and chillies also play an important role here. With sound compositions by Wolfgang in der Wiesche and Ruth Wiesenfeld.” – DSP

Interlude: a selection of red 35mm slide collages

Performance for 16mm film and 2 slide projectors, live sound, 2015, 30 – 45 minutes (premiere)
made in collaboration with Ann Forstater
“Blue is inherently vague. Blue is associated with very different ideas in different cultures.
By improvising with sounds and texts, all in attendance are invited to venture into the blue…” – DSP

16mm film, live sound, 2013-14, 3 minutes
A nearly completely black film to which the clinking of glasses in the space while the film is projected forms the soundtrack.


35mm slide collage by Deborah S. Phillips (2015)

Microscope gratefully acknowledges the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation as the Official Sponsor of the Event Series

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