The Unfortunate Thing Between Us


 National Sculpture Factory

in association with the

 Corona Cork Film Festival 2012



Phil Collins’


This Unfortunate Thing Between Us



TUTBU 01 / Fri 16th Nov / 19:00pm - 12:00am 
TUTBU 02 / Sat 17th Nov / 19:00pm - 12:00am

All screenings will happen on the Factory Floor.



Phil Collins’ video This Unfortunate Thing Between Us is based on a recent eponymous performance. Originally presented in 2011 at the Hebbel am Ufer theatre in Berlin and on German public television, This Unfortunate Thing Between Us consisted of two live broadcasts in which instead of commodities the viewers were offered a choice of experiences at promotional prices.


Hosted by a crew of actors and porn workers, and featuring live music by Welsh musician Gruff Rhys and North Wales surf band Y Niwl, This Unfortunate Thing Between Us follows the logic and grammar of the teleshopping channel, including pitches, sales and phone–ins. Providing an opportunity to face up to our contemporary desires and fears, TUTBU TV brings together a live audience and home viewers in what may well prove to be a glimpse into the future of consumerism.


Phil Collins’ films, photographs, installations, and live events often use elements of low–budget television and entertainment industry to dissect the political and aesthetic implications of popular visual formats. His collaborators have ranged from former teachers of Marxism in the GDR to anti–fascist skinheads in Malaysia; from fans of The Smiths over three continents to disco–dancing Palestinians.


Collins is based in Berlin and Cologne, where he is a professor of video art at the Kunsthochschule für Medien. His works are held in public collections such as, among others, Tate Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. In 2006 he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize and in 2001 he won the Paul Hamlyn Award.


He is represented by the Kerlin Gallery Dublin and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.


Phil Collins will be present for the screenings and a public talk will happen on Saturday 17th details yet to be confirmed.