Phoenix is a haven for world cinema, independent movies, film festivals and media arts, based in the heart of Leicester's cultural quarter.
Mon to Fri: 9.00 - 23.00
Sat & Sun: 10.00 - 23:00
All exhibitions are free of charge, fees vary for screenings and performances
Superflux - Mangala For All
- 16 August — 24 September 2017 *on now
Mangalyaan is an Indian space probe currently orbiting Mars in India’s first interplanetary mission. To coincide with this, Superflux Lab launched Mangala for All, a reflexive ethnographic performance.
Echoing the aesthetic of the Indian street – where cheaply made plastic trinkets often attain god-like status – Superflux exchanged miniature versions of the Mars probe in return for insights into what Mangalyaan means to people they met on the streets of Ahmedabad.
Recordings from these interviews brought together for this exhibition reveal the relationship between citizens and such state-funded Space Programmes.
The interviews are full of poignant and surprisingly playful stories of jugaad (roughly translated as a hack or workaround), scientific innovation, resourcefulness and creativity, alongside the hidden narratives of nationhood, geopolitics and the space race.
- Any age
Wu Chi-Yu – Reading List
- 5 October — 13 November 2017
Taiwanese artist Wu Chi-Yu explores censorship and national identity in this new film installation, commissioned by Phoenix and Videoclub in association with Osmosis Festival Taipei.
Filmed in Northern Malaysia, the film features interviews with local communities, documenting their interactions with – and reactions to – books and literature that have been banned by the Malaysian state.
Focusing on a pair of bookstores, where banned items are smuggled in, Chi-Yu investigates the underground reading habits of these communities and their demand for knowledge and information forbidden by the state.
Wu Chi-Yu is a leading Taiwanese artist filmmaker, whose work explores the varied connections between history, politics, the individual, and the collective in society. His practice revolves around the moving image, looking for contemporary narratives in lost memory through the reproduction of oral history and myths.
He has exhibited in the Taipei Biennial, Taipei, Taiwan (2016); 2nd China Central Academy of Fine Arts Future Exhibition, Beijing, China (2015); and Fest — New Directors/New Films Festival, Espinho, Portugal (2015)
- Any age
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