“Non-human and human animals are defined by co-ordinates. Bodies harbor an inextricable relationship to thresholds, architectures, geometry, seen and negotiated spaces, which are profoundly incorporated in them. The combination of these produce a kind of temporality permeated by corporeality, a border and an order, as Jean-Luc Nancy suggests. It is in this sense that animals are not in the world, they are the world. Territory is both the property of the animal and one of its properties. The creaturely are bodied as an anticipatory response to their future life-world, in a sublime wearing of their environment“. 
Fearful Symmetry, Phillip Warnell


Phillip Warnell is an artist-filmmaker and writer from London, a first generation university graduate from a working class background.

He produces cinematic and art works exploring a range of philosophical, poetic and sensorial thematics: ideas on human-animal relations, the political and cinematic imagination, the presence of those with prescient or extraordinary attributes and the poetics of bodily and life-world circumstances. His work is often performative, establishing elements for a film shoot as (part) event, resulting in an interplay between scripted, documented and (sometimes) precarious filming circumstances.

He has worked at numerous universities across the UK, USA and europe, undertaking visiting professorships and fellowships, most recently in the Film Studies Center at Harvard University in 2018. He completed a PhD in 2020, on a decade of collaborations with philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, supervised by Stephen Barber.

Selected exhibitions:

In Plain Sight, Wellcome Collection, London 2022-23
Tiger Lives, Kim Hong do Museum of Art, Korea 2022
Our Other Us, Arts Foundation Biennial, Romania 2021
Tiger Lives, Coreana Museum of Art, Korea 2020
Strange Foreign Bodies, Hunterian, Glasgow 2019
Making Nature, Wellcome Collection, London 2017
Welcome to the jungle, KW centre, Berlin 2015
Studio 55, Seoul 2015
Photographer’s Gallery, Vienna 2014 & 15
Tyneside Cinema Gallery, Newcastle 2015
Extra City, Antwerp 2015
Breathcrystal, Project Arts Space, Dublin 2015
Sharjah Biennial 11, 2013
I first saw the light, SLG, London 2012
Sharjah Biennial 11, 2012
Introspection-Extramission, Leamington Spa 2008
Event Forming Bodies, 300m3, Gothenburg 2008
Le Dojo, Nice 2008
Matts Gallery, London 2005
Charge, First Site, UK 2004
Zero Visibility, MOMA, Ljubljana 2004
Zero Visibility, Genazzano, Castello Colonna 2003
Uncertain Time, Avellino 2003
Madrid Open, 2003
CCCB, Barcelona 2000
Elective Affinities, Agnes b, Paris 1999

Selected film festival and curated screenings:

Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid 2023
Jeonju, Korea 2021
MOMI, New York 2013, 2021
Visions du Reel, 2020
Valdivia, Chile 2015, 2020, 2021
Viennale 2014, 2021
MFF Mumbai, 2020
Cinetech, Madrid 2019
Museum of Clouds, Tate Modern, London 2018
Rencontres Internationale (Paris, Madrid, Berlin) 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2021
DocBsas, Argentina, 2019 (retrospective of six films)
Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge, USA 2018
Block Cinema, Northwestern, Chicago 2018
TATE, London 2018 (museum of clouds), 2015 (solo screening)
Visions Centre, Montreal 2018
Home Manchester 2016
Sheffield Doc Fest 2017
IDFA, Amsterdam 2008, 2014
KW, Berlin 2015
CPH-Dox, 2009, 2014, 2017
New York film festival 2015
Flahertina, Russia 2016
BAFICI, Argentina 2015
FICUNAM, Mexico 2015
Schermo dell'Arte, Florence Film Festival 2014
FNC, Montreal 2012,14
VIFF, Vancouver 2015
Vdrome (online) 2014
Locarno, Switzerland 2012
FID Marseille 2008, 2009, 2014
LOOP Barcelona, 2011
SLG, London 2010, 2015
ICA, London 2015
Stromung mini film-fest focus, Leipzig 2014
Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum, Vietnam 2012
Reel Screen, Beirut Film Festival, 2010
MACRO, Rome 2004
MOMA, Ljubljana 2003
CCCB, Barcelona 2000

Selected Visiting Artist talks (university talks/symposia/artists’ residencies):

INEFF, Salford University, UK
ENS, Paris
Pompidou Centre, Paris
Harvard Film Archive, USA
Melbourne, Australia
Beijing Normal, China
Camargo Foundation Cassis, France
EICTV Film School, Cuba
Newcastle, UK
Cambridge University, UK
Central St Martins, UK
George Mason, USA
Moly Sabata, France
LUCA, Brussels
LOOP, Barcelona
Asterides, Marseille
Cite des Arts, Paris
Warwick, UK (Leverhulme)
Gloucestershire, UK
Kingston, UK
DAI Institute, Netherlands
Edge Hill, UK
Glasgow, UK
Goldsmiths, UK
Milan, Italy
Naples, Italy
Ural biennial, Russia
Middlesex, UK
Northwestern, USA
Brockport (Visual Studies Workshop), USA
Kings College, UK
Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Netherlands
FID Campus, Marseille International film festival

Selected texts, articles and papers

The Sensitive Aesthetics of Jean-Luc Nancy
Book chapter, 2024
In Perfect Light
ENS Paris, 2023
Fearful Symmetry
Ethical Materialities in Art & Moving Image, 2023
A Shared Love
Que Parle Journal, 2022
Article for The Thinker,
Chinese Journal, 2022
An Intelligence of Things
Italian Arts Council, Pamela Breda, 2021
The Skin of Others
Antennae Journal, 2020
Wild Minds
Introductory remarks as symposium convener. ICA, 2017
Writing in the place of the animal
Nancy & Visual Culture, 2016
The Wild Inside
an Interview with Phillip Warnell, Rhiannon Harries
The Zoo and Screen Media, Images of exhibition and encounter, 2016
The Beast with Two Backs (on Borowczyk)
L’ile D’Amour, Berghahn Books, 2015
The Glance as a Blow
Ural Biennial symposium publication, 2012
The beast with two backs
Cambridge University (paper) CRASSH, 2013
Projections of Animality
Paper at the Natural History Museum,  2011
Intimate Distances
Leonardo Journal, 2011
The Sea with Corners
Outlandish artists’ book, 2010
Life-like: An organ in search of a body
Transplantations. Volume 14 Issue 4 pp. 4-10, Performance Research, 2010
Transplantations. Volume 14 Issue 4 pp. 12-18, Performance Research, 2010
A Lexicon. Volume 11 Issue 3 pp. 105-109, Performance Research, 2008
The Light Emitting Organ (and Thin Slices) 
On the Page. Volume 9 Issue 2 pp. 44-51), Performance Research, 2004

Selected performances

Cineteca Madrid, 2019
Harvard Film Archive, 2018
ICA London, 1999, 2006
Crikey Moses Blimey tour, 1999
First Site, 2004
Golden Years festival, Copenhagen 2007
BraakeGrond, Amsterdam 2007
Vooruit, Ghent 2007
Warwick Arts Centre, 2008
BFI London, 2008
Macro, Rome 2004
Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana 2003
Galerie du Jour, Paris 1999

Fellowships, Professorships & teaching posts

Beijing Normal, China (Visiting)
Harvard University, USA (Radcliffe & Film Study Center Fellowship)
University of Lincoln, UK
Kingston University, UK
UCA, UK (Visiting Professor)
LUCA, Belgium (Visiting Professor)
University of Gloucestershire, UK
George Mason University, USA (Adjunct Faculty)
Brockport University, USA
University of Brighton, UK (External Examiner)
Warwick University, UK (Leverhulme Trust Fellowship)

Creative Producer/Creative Consultant (examples)

Looking China, Beijing Normal University 2023
New Creatives (BBC), ICA London 2018-21
Random Acts (C4/ACE), ICA London 2015-18
Doc-Next (BFI), 2011-14

WINK (2018)
BBC New Creatives
Director: Abel Rubinstein
Creative Producer: Phillip Warnell

The Dupe (2020)
BBC New Creatives
Director: Kate Davis
Creative Producer: Phillip Warnell

The Thorn (2015)
Random Acts Channel 4
Director: Oliver Endersby
Creative Producer: Phillip Warnell

Frenulum (2020)
New Creative BBC
Director: Henry Bradley
Creative Producer: Phillip Warnell

Online films by Phillip Warnell

Limited cinema/Blu-ray release, Ming of Harlem, Soda Pictures/Thunderbird MUBI LINK

Intimate Distances, available on since  2022
Ming of Harlem, available on Amazon Prime and MUBI, UK