These are selected recent solo projects created by John Phillips.

Public Art

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2015: Neighborhood Time Exchange provided selected artists with free studio space, a monthly stipend, and basic tools and supplies. In exchange for the time in the studio, the artists contributed volunteer time to work with residents on their ideas to enhance their neighborhood. The 9 artists were from all across the USA and Europe.

Between January and September 2015 residents of the Belmont, Mantua, Mill Creek, Saunders Park, and West Powelton neighborhoods in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania were encouraged to stop by our studio during open hours to submit service requests for improving the community. Our resident artists worked directly with neighbors to help plan and implement their projects. From fix-ups to clean-ups, youth workshops to helping seniors – no project was too small. One of Phillips' project was to help design and paint a mural of tulips on a neighborhood bridge. Another was to make a video documentary of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's visit to the neighborhood.

Major funders were: Philadelphia: Peoples Emergency Center, Mural Arts, and the Philadelphia Office of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy; Vancouver, CA: Broken City Lab.

2011-12: Commotion was a large scale re-imagining of public art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Commotion was an initiative of the University of the Arts, a public art project funded by PECO, commissioned by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority's Percent For Art Program and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. John Phillips was the lead artist and project director. The Festival had commissioned dance, theater, a book, video art, a sound walk and CD, community garden and performance with school children building a tall monument. Whew! Phillips initially began work with a group of University of the Arts students, but reached out to the community for input and content. For a list of all the people involved please read the full final report here.

Projects: Jebney Lewis, "Super Creature;" Tim Fitts, "46-45 Verandering;" Subcircle, "forget me… forget me knot;" Ed Shockely, "Greatest Life that Never Was;" Team Sunshine, "Wonder Wave;" Chris Forsyth, "Sound Places;" John Phillips, "Video Wagon" and "Night Ferry."

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2009: A composited video made as a final presentation for a waterfall-screen video projection public art work to be presented on Schuylkill Banks in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Not realized. No sound.

Sound & Video Performances

For the past year or so I've been making short videos with an interest in what time-based drawings might look like. This Vimeo page has recent pieces with my soundtracks.

2017: I was fortunate to be asked to do live video mixing during the performances of Julius Eastman's "Freeway," a piece he wrote in the early 1970's. I projected onto 4 columns in the historic Sanctuary, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2018: Another performance this time at the Kitchen, New York, New York. 40' x 60' back wall screen. Unfortunately, no one turned on the video camera! This is a still of the kinds of video clips I mixed that evening.


2015: Corretto was a sound and video performance. I set up a system, using Isadora, that allowed me to manipulate colored shapes of paper to control the sound and the video processing. The "control paper" is visible on the left side of this image. Rotunda, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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2016: Cycles: an evening of video mixing and music by 4 artists and broadcast live on PhillyCam public access TV station, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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All of my musical efforts are on Bandcamp. You can listen to works for word, installation and more recent pieces. Tracks are free for listening with a low-cost option to purchase and download.

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