Art In America

Phil Collins

at Tanya Bonakdar,
521 W 21 St

It's easy to lose track of time at this thoroughly engaging, funny and at times heartbreaking show. Phil Collins's installation This Unfortunate Thing Between Us, set up in two 1970s style trailers, features a video based on home-shopping TV shows, in which viewers could purchase "experiences"—like being interrogated by the German secret police, acting in a porno or dying in the hospital surrounded by family. Upstairs are six listening booths, each set up with a record player and albums that play snippets of conversation recorded from a pay phone at a Cologne homeless shelter (with the callers' permission). There's also a short film, the meaning of style, featuring Malaysian skinheads going to the movies, playing cards, reading the paper and fighting.

 

 

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