SCREENING: PHILIP SOLOMON, IN MEMORIAM (2005-2008)
DATE & TIME: MAY 4, 2016, 6 - 8 PM
PLACE: IULM 6, CONTEMPORARY EXHIBITION HALL
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
PLEASE RSVP (WRITE "SOLOMON: IN MEMORIAM" IN THE SUBJECT LINE - LIMITED SEATING)
IULM University is proud to present a screening of Philip Solomon’s acclaimed Grand Theft Auto series as part of GAME VIDEO/ART. A SURVEY collateral events. Entitled In Memoriam, this body of work comprising several videos was shot entirely within the virtual world of the Grand Theft Auto video game. Solomon transformed Liberty City, the ersatz metropolis based on New York City in which the game is set, into a reflective space of stillness: devoid of players, full of melancholy, nostalgia, loss, grief, and instances of compelling poetic beauty. This work was created in response to the passing of Solomon's lifelong friend, Mark LaPore at the age of 53 on September 11, 2005.
Crossroad (dirs. Phil Solomon & Mark LaPore, USA, 2005, 5 minutes, digital video)
Rehearsals for Retirement (dir. Phil Solomon, USA, 2007, 11 minutes, digital video)
Last Days in a Lonely Place (dir. Phil Solomon, USA, 2007, 20 minutes, digital video)
Still Raining, Still Dreaming (dir. Phil Solomon, USA, 2008, 12 minutes, video)
THE EVENT WILL FEATURE A CRITICAL INTRODUCTION BY IULM PROFESSOR LUISELLA FARINOTTI
Philip Solomon (1954, USA) is an experimental filmmaker, who has been making films since 1975. Solomon received an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and is currently Professor of Film Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He worked with Stan Brakhage and has directed countless experimental films. Solomon has exhibited his films in numerous venues for experimental film around the world, such as Whitney Biennials and three one-man shows at MoMA.