Lightbox Commission: Phil Collins: This Unfortunate Thing Between Us
Commissioned as part of Experimentica 2012, the lightbox features a vibrant montage of the characters from Collins’ critically acclaimed video installation – This Unfortunate Thing Between Us (TUTBU TV) – showing at Chapter until 13 January.
A vast collage has been assembled from images that take us behind the scenes and into the world of Collins’ theatrical TV production. Featuring a cast of larger-than-life characters, including Wales’ own pop hero Gruff Rhys, the artwork provides a riotous backdrop against which to experience the videos, screening in parallel in the TUTBU TV caravans that nestle below on the forecourt.
These two second–hand caravans host the UK premiere of This Unfortunate Thing Between Us. First performed in September 2011 and broadcast live on German digital television, TUTBU TV is an alternative home shopping channel selling real life experiences at promotional prices, in place of mass-produced commodities.
Hosted by a crew of actors and porn workers, and sound-tracked live by Gruff Rhys and Y Niwl, TUTBU TV adopts the format of teleshopping, with pitches, demonstrations and live phone–ins, providing a tantalizing glimpse into what could be the future of consumer television.
TUTBU TV is open Tuesday – Sunday 12-6pm and admission is free.
TUTBU TV is presented at Chapter as part of Artes Mundi, the largest UK art prize and exhibition that can be seen at the National Museum Cardiff. Phil Collins is one of seven shortlisted artists and the winner of the £40,000 prize will be announced on 29 November.
The Phil Collins lightbox commission has received financial support from Cardiff Contemporary, a Cardiff Council initiative developed in?partnership with Cardiff's visual art, design and architecture communities. www.cardiffcontemporary.co.uk