- Heather Phillipson, FINAL DAYS (closing routine), 2015
Heather Phillipson – Final DaysFri 05 Jun 2015 – Wed 10 Jun 2015 Heather Phillipson – Final Days (open )
Artist talk with Lucia Pietroiusti of the Serpentine Gallery, Saturday 6 June, 3pm. FINAL DAYS, Heather Phillipson’s newly commissioned video and sculptural installation for Castle House, a defunct department store in Sheffield city centre, posits real-life shopping as a now inoperative, disembodied landscape. Structured episodically, FINAL DAYS’ suite of 6 videos, shown on clustered monitors, functions as sequential ‘departments’ (bedroom, underwear, towels and textiles, hosiery, office and special offers) – each one a means to conjure – or depart from – social, personal and intimate scenarios, now physically absent. Bringing together screens, audio bleeds and material conglomerations that resemble packaging, stacking and merchandise, FINAL DAYS combines the technological bombardment of a televisual retail arena with the unboxed promise of an online warehouse. Contrarily, bodies (visitors) are reinserted and configured in relation to the make-shift displays that choreograph movement across the space. Permeated by images, objects, noises and voices, Castle House literally reverberates with deathly and resuscitated presence – the store’s corpse and its fantasy former/after-life. FINAL DAYS is commissioned by Sheffield Doc/Fest, with support from Arts Council England. Presented in partnership with University of Sheffield and Serpentine Galleries.