"Lost and Found, You Still Remain There" A Phil Solomon Retrospective

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Internationally acclaimed American filmmaker Phil Solomon (1954-2019) created a body of cinematic virtuosity and poetic resonance that profoundly expanded the found footage genre, as he explored and exploited material idiosyncrasies of his sources – whether chemically altering the emulsion of Hollywood films and personal home movies or détourning the digital gaming universe of Grand Theft Auto. In his analog days, Solomon described himself as an inverse archeologist, throwing “Schmutz” on cultural artifacts to defamiliarize the imagery, creating works that walk a fine line between abstraction and figuration, unfolding an interior emotional vocabulary seamlessly married to meticulously constellated worlds of sound. – Eve Heller

Sonic Cinema and The Phil Solomon Project are pleased to present this retrospective, in the form of three programmes.

The series has been curated by Mark McElhatten. Eve Heller will be here in person to present the programmes.

With thanks to Eve Heller and Mark McElhatten. Very special thanks to Mark Toscano (Academy Film Archive).

Eve Heller initiated the founding of the Phil Solomon Project together with Mark McElhatten in the wake of Phil’s passing in 2019. The PSP is dedicated to sustaining the preservation, distribution, screening, exhibition, and publication of Phil Solomon’s artwork and thought.

Sonic Cinema is a research project and event series by Oliver Dickens, exploring the intersection of moving-image, sound art and music practice. It is dedicated to the memory of Louis Benassi. Sonic Cinema also presents occasional repertory screenings of under-screened cinematic gems.

BOOKING: https://www.ica.art/phil-solomon-retrospective

Sat 4 May, 2:30pmProgramme 1

Nocturne - What's Out Tonight Is Lost - The Secret Garden - Remains to Be Seen - Twilight Psalm II: Walking Distance

Sun 5 May, 2:30pm: Programme 2

Crossroad - Rehearsals for Retirement - Last Days in a Lonely Place - Still Raining Still Dreaming - Twilight Psalm IV: Valley of the Shadow

Sun 5 May, 4:30pm: Programme 3

Yes, I Said Yes, I Will, Yes - The Exquisite Hour - The Snowman - The Emblazoned Apparitions - Twilight Psalm III: Night of the Meek - The Summit

Supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum London


Institute of Contemporary Arts - London, United Kingdom


Saturday, May 4, 2024 - 14:30 to Sunday, May 5, 2024 - 18:30




Saturday, May 4, 2024 - 14:30 to Sunday, May 5, 2024 - 18:30
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