Concentrations 52: Phil Collins: the world won´t listen

Begin Date2007-11-09
End Date2008-03-23
CuratorsSuzanne Weaver
Last Harvested At2021-09-18
Credit LinePhil Collins: the world won't listen is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. Exhibition support is provided by the Contemporary Art Fund through the gifts of an anonymous donor, Arlene and John Dayton, Laura and Walter Elcock, Amy and Vernon Faulconer, Kenny Goss and George Michael, Nancy and Tim Hanley, Marguerite Hoffman, Suzanne and Patrick McGee, Allen and Kelli Questrom, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Deedie and Rusty Rose, Gayle and Paul Stoffel, and Sharon and Michael Young. Publication of the exhibition catalogue was underwritten in part by Gayle and Paul Stoffel. This exhibition is number 52 in the Concentrations series, support for which is provided by Lincoln Property Company and the Donor Circle membership program through leadership gifts of Gail and Dan Cook, Claire Dewar, Nancy and Tim Hanley, Caren Prothro, and Cindy and Howard Rachofsky. Air transportation provided by American Airlines.
LocationMarguerite and Robert Hoffman Galleries
OrganizerDallas Museum of Art
DescriptionThe Dallas Museum of Art premiers British artist Phil Collins' completed three-part video installation "the world won't listen." Filmed in Columbia, Turkey, and Indonesia, the video trilogy features fans of the influential British indie-rock band The Smiths performing karaoke versions of tracks from their 1987 compilation album "The World Won't Listen." Along with the first-ever public presentation of Collins' completed trilogy, the Dallas exhibition will also include a series of works based on letters that Morrissey, the band's iconic lead singer, wrote as a teenager to London music weeklies. A 2006 finalist for the Tate Modern's Turner Prize, Collins uses video and photography to engage with people in places marked by political, social, and cultural turmoil and change such as Belgrade, San Sebastian, Baghdad, and Ramallah. He first began work on "the world won't listen" in 2004, producing a fully functioning karaoke machine and shooting the first chapter of his three-part video installation in Bogata, Columbia. The second part took place in Istanbul, Turkey, and was included in the 9th International Istanbul Biennial, and the third, which will be on view for the first time in Dallas, was filmed in Jakarta and Bandung, Indonesia. For each chapter, Collins spent extended periods of time researching, lecturing, building sets, and filming, with the filming followed by an intensive and extensive editing period. He went on television and radio, visited dance clubs, and posted flyers throughout each city, inviting participants to come and perform their favorite songs from "The World Won't Listen." "In this poignant and poetic work, Collins insightfully combines art, pop music, and popular culture to create a tender, heartbreaking, and at times funny portrait of humanity," says Weaver. "Watching these Smiths fans - an almost cult-like world phenomenon - perform and sing their favorite lyrics by lead singer Morrissey in a language not their own is a moving reminder of our own desires and struggles for individual expression. It also expands the possibilities of art in our rapidly changing global age." The accompanying 128-page illustrated exhibition catalogue will offer a valuable contribution to and critical look at Collins' work and will further scholarship in the fields of popular music, cultural studies, and art history. It will include essays by British music critic Simon Reynolds, on the seductive power of The Smiths and Morrissey; Bruce Hainley, writer and contributing editor of "Artforum," on the political implications of "the world won't listen;" Liz Kotz, Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside, on the aesthetic and art history context of the artist's work; and exhibition curator Suzanne Weaver, in conversation with the artist on his background, motivating ideas, and artistic process.