PHILIP is a novel written by Heman Chong (SI), Cosmin Costinas (RO), Rosemary Heather (CAN), Francis McKee (IRL), David Reinfurt (USA), Steve Rushton (UK/NL), Leif Magne Tangen (NO) and Mark Aerial Waller (UK). PHILIP was also an exhibition consisting of an ongoing programme of shorts by Dara Birnbaum, Juha van Ingen, Tina Keane, George Melies, Anthony Lucas, Otolith Group and Semiconductor and screenings of Samuel Beckett's Film every day at 3pm.
"The disintegration of the social and economic system had been slow, gradual, and profound. It went so deep that people lost faith in natural law itself. Nothing seemed stable or fixed; the universe was a sliding flux (...) all that remained was probable sequence: good odds in a universe of random chance." – Solar Lottery, 1955. Inspired by the worlds of Philip K. Dick, this project brought together a group of international artists, designers, critics and curators whose common language in this instance is their fascination for alternative realities, postulating the impossible and creating new worldviews. Technology, ideology, architecture, political construction and the prospects of global ruin are at the heart of sci-fi narratives and at the heart of 'PHILIP'.