Urban Ghosts (Fantasmas Urbanos)

‘Urban Ghosts (Fantasmas Urbanos)’ – electronic (video & audio), duration: 24mins

Description of work:
‘Urban Ghosts’ (Fantasmas Urbanos) – 24min film by Phil Taylor based on his research and experience of living in Tucson, Arizona in 2011. Original soundtrack by Phil Taylor @2021

“This 24 minute film is well worth a watch, combining still photographs from archives and taken during a three month stay in Arizona, video and a soundtrack written for the piece, Phil explores the nature of the frontier state and its myths and narratives. The work draws on Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, the brutal depiction of events in the area during the reign of terror of the Glanton gang in the nineteenth century. Images from the Titan intercontinental ballistic missile sites remind us of how times change and yet they don’t.” Gareth Dent, Chief Executive, Open College of the Arts

“I was fascinated by Urban Ghosts and the way that Phil Taylor had created the atmospheric quality of it. It was different from the prints as well. I managed to speak with him for a short time but wish there had been more time available to discuss his journey and how he put everything together. He’s certainly multi-talented (I’ve bought one of his albums from iTunes).”

Music from the film is on the album ‘Fortune’ by Atom Grad (2011):

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fortune/id468288328

Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fortune/dp/B005Q3R5IQ