Screening clips from their film work and detailing his collaborations with philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, artist-filmmaker and academic Phillip Warnell will elaborate some discursive ideas on the strange familiarity and familiar strangeness of our body oddity and its multitude of permutations, along with considering the translation of inter-species life-worlds. Warnell will introduce and screen his most recent film, Ming of Harlem.

Phillip Warnell is an artist-filmmaker and academic. He produces cinematic works exploring a range of philosophical and poetic thematics; ideas on human-animal relations, the emergence of criminality in youth and politics of the dispossessed, the presence of those with extraordinary attributes, and the poetics of bodily and life-world circumstances. His films are performative, establishing elements for a film shoot as (part) event, resulting in an interplay between scripted and precarious filming circumstances. His most recent film, Ming of Harlem, won the Prix Georges de Beauregard at FID Marseille film festival in 2014 and the Universities Culturgest Prize at Indie Lisboa in 2015. Warnell’s film work has been screened internationally in festivals and galleries. His writings on cinema, performance and animality have been distributed in a range of publications. He currently works as an executive producer for the Random Acts London network consortium with Kingston University and the ICA, commissioning short films for Channel 4. He is an Associate Professor and Director of Studies on MA Experimental Film and BA Filmmaking at Kingston University, London.