Situated on a disused parking lot, the video is projected before a suite of rental cars, referencing the drive-in movie theater. Seated within the vehicle, the viewer adopts the in-car position of the video’s camera. Shot inside a car-wash, a bathtub, Modernist buildings, and the human body, and combining pop music, internet footage, and the sound of internal monologue, A Is to D: The Lot undertakes an odyssey between language and architecture. Departing from two interchangeable words and two interchangeable locations, the mouth becomes the central byway, a cavity for language and sensual experience.
About the Artist
Heather Phillipson is based in London, UK. She works across video, sculpture, sound, text and live events. Forthcoming and recent solo exhibitions include: Heather Phillipson, Bunker 259, New York (2014); yes, surprising is existence in the post-vegetal cosmorama, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; immediately and for a short time balloons weapons too-tight clothing worries of all kinds, LOOP Art Fair with Rowing Projects, Barcelona; Splashy Phasings, Random Acts, Channel 4 television; and Zabludowicz Invites: Heather Phillipson, Zabludowicz Collection, London (all 2013). Recent group exhibitions and events include: WE OBJECT! Aid & Abet, Cambridge, 2013; Verging on the Absurd, Contemporary Arts Society, London, 2013; PLAY, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, 2013; LOCO Film Festival, BFI, London, 2013; The Space between Words: Filmic Expansions, Camden Arts Centre, London, 2013; EYE MUSIC FOR DANCING, Flat Time House, London, 2012; The Dan Cox Library for the Unfinished Concept of Thingly Time, Cubitt, London, 2012; London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2012; Performing as Publishing, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland, 2012. Philipson is also an award-winning poet and was a LUX Associate Artist in 2012.