“This is the story of a city marked by an image from its childhood”
Phoenix City 2021 is a film project conceived for the Coventry Biennial during UK City of Culture 2021 in Coventry.
Research and development is currently supported through an artist residency at Coventry University’s School of Media and Performing Arts throughout 2019. The research will examine Coventry’s relationship to the image of the phoenix - stemming from Donald Gibson’s and Basil Spence’s use of the mythical bird as symbol to represent their respective town-planning and cathedral proposals for Coventry realised in the 1950’s – and the hypothesis that UK City of Culture is conceived in Coventry’s collective unconscious as the city’s next phoenix moment.
Phoenix City is supported by Coventry Biennial, Coventry University, and Arts Council England (Developing Your Creative Practice).