Performances were staged on Saturday 27 July 2002, 6pm & 9pm at The Beaufoy Institute, Vauxhall with a Live Audio Webcast at Philphilphil.net at 6.30 & 9.30pm.
PHIL was a new work by Anna Best and the first in a series of three temporary public art commissions concerning the future of The Beaufoy Institute in Vauxhall.
PHIL investigates the relationship between urban regeneration, arts funding and the philanthropic attitude. By searching for Philips, Philomenenas and Philippas, Anna Best turns on its side any notion of a geographically defined community. PHIL was offered to the residents of Vauxhall and the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the spirit of celebratory collaboration and critical provocation.
PHIL culminated in two performances at the Beaufoy Institute on 27 July 2002, both of which were webcast on Philphilphil.net.
Anna Best's practice as an artist is not easily categorised, though a constant thread is her interest in making connections and narratives between different people and situations. Elements of live art performance, documentation techniques and research processes are given equal emphasis in her work. Best's past projects include: A Real Pony Race For A Bridle, which saw a full-scale gymkhana in Burgess Park, Peckham and The Wedding Project commissioned by Tate Modern in Borough Market. More recently she has worked collaboratively at Grizedale Arts on The Festival of Lying, Cumbria, made a website commission for e-2.org and exhibited in Belgium, USA and Venezuela.
PHIL is part of the Beaufoy Arts Project, which was delivered by a unique partnership of The Vauxhall St. Peter's Heritage Centre, Lambeth Arts, Gasworks and Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art. The project has been supported by Lambeth Riverside and forms part of a major year long programme of community involvement in the Riverside area to inform the regeneration process. The second commission was by art/architecture collective MUF and took place in September 2002. The final commission took place in December 2002 with a new work by Helen Maurer.
PHIL has been realised with advice and assistance from Danielle Arnaud, Gasworks, Rupert Bond, Andrea Crociani, Rupert Carey, Mimi Hansmann, Ella Gibbs and Muxa, Katherine Green, Julie Lomax, Stefan Szczelkun, Myles Stawman, spc.org, Anna Symes, Bettina Wilhelm, Paul Whitty and many others.
A special thanks to Fiona Boundy, Richard Mallet, Amy Plant, The London Philharmonic Orchestra Musicians and all the Phils.