Lost And Found, You Still Remain There: A Phil Solomon Retrospective

4 May 2024 – 5 May 2024

Regular hours

Sat, 04 May
14:30 – 16:30
Sun, 05 May
16:30 – 18:30

Cost of entry

£14 per screening

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ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts)

London, United Kingdom


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  • Piccadilly Circus/Charing Cross
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Sonic Cinema and The Phil Solomon Project are pleased to present a retrospective on Phil Solomon, in the form of three programmes.


Internationally acclaimed American filmmaker Phil Solomon (1954-2019) created a body of cinematic virtuosity and poetic resonance that profoundly expanded the found footage genre, as he explored and exploited material idiosyncrasies of his sources – whether chemically altering the emulsion of Hollywood films and personal home movies or détourning the digital gaming universe of Grand Theft Auto. In his analog days, Solomon described himself as an inverse archeologist, throwing “Schmutz” on cultural artifacts to defamiliarize the imagery, creating works that walk a fine line between abstraction and figuration, unfolding an interior emotional vocabulary seamlessly married to meticulously constellated worlds of sound. – Eve Heller

The series has been curated by Mark McElhatten. Eve Heller will be here in person to present the programmes.

With thanks to Eve Heller and Mark McElhatten. Very special thanks to Mark Toscano (Academy Film Archive).

Eve Heller initiated the founding of the Phil Solomon Project together with Mark McElhatten in the wake of Phil’s passing in 2019. The PSP is dedicated to sustaining the preservation, distribution, screening, exhibition, and publication of Phil Solomon’s artwork and thought.

Sonic Cinema ( is a research project and event series by Oliver Dickens, exploring the intersection of moving-image, sound art and music practice. It is dedicated to the memory of Louis Benassi. Sonic Cinema also presents occasional repertory screenings of under-screened cinematic gems.


Sat 4 May, 2:30pm

Programme 1

Nocturne - What's Out Tonight Is Lost - The Secret Garden - Remains to Be Seen - Twilight Psalm II: Walking Distance


Sun 5 May, 2:30pm

Programme 2

Crossroad - Rehearsals for Retirement - Last Days in a Lonely Place - Still Raining Still Dreaming - Twilight Psalm IV: Valley of the Shadow


Sun 5 May, 4:30pm

Programme 3

Yes, I Said Yes, I Will, Yes - The Exquisite Hour - The Snowman - The Emblazoned Apparitions - Twilight Psalm III: Night of the Meek - The Summit


Supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum London

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