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Phil Collins / 'marxism today (prologue)'

Langside Hall, 5 Langside Avenue Glasgow G41 2QR

15 November 2013

In the lead up to Phil Collins’ major project for Queen’s Park and Glasgow 2014, The Common Guild and Film and Video Umbrella presented a special screening of Collins film ‘marxism today (prologue)‘ (35 mins, 2010) followed by a talk with the artist.

The film is a poignant reminder of the extent to which the fault-lines and power struggles of history impact on individual lives. It was premiered at the Berlin Biennale in 2010, and later broadcast on national television in Germany, where its portrayal of teachers of Marxism-Leninism in the former GDR had particular resonance.

Presented in collaboration with Film and Video Umbrella, as part of ‘25 Frames‘, a programme of screenings and events marking the organisation’s 25th anniversary, in which stand-out pieces from the organisation’s past are re-staged and re-evaluated for the present.

This special event had a richly appropriate setting in Langside Hall, on the edge of Queen’s Park, an emblem of the city’s distinctive social, cultural and architectural heritage. Phil Collins was joined in conversation with Film and Video Umbrella Director, Steven Bode, after the screening.

‘marxism today (prologue)’ was co-commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Cornerhouse, Abandon Normal Devices, Berliner Künstlerprogramm/DAAD, and Berlin Biennale, and produced by Shady Lane Productions.