Tomorrow Is Always Too Long by Phil Collins takes you on a hypnotic trip into the heart of the city of Glasgow and beyond

Opening tomorrow, 9 July 2015 at 5:30pm, is the film project Tomorrow Is Always Too Long by Turner Prize-nominated artist Phil Collins conjuring up a vision of Glasgow from the perspective of institutions that describe the scope of human experience and define us as social beings. Collins’s recent edition published by NERO composed of a double 12″ album + booklet, my heart’s in my hand, and my hand is pierced, and my hand’s in the bag, and the bag is shut, and my heart is caught, is also finally out now.

Since 2013 Collins has been meeting people in maternity hospitals, schools, community groups, and social clubs for the elderly, asking them to sing songs, make predictions for the future, debate the status of freedom in today’s society, guide us through the city’s most famous prison, and dance like there’s no tomorrow. These sequences are framed through an imaginary public-access network, one which, high on bad attitude and with just a hint of mayhem, makes an appeal to the epic pleasures of channel surfing and the potential for low-budget television to reinvent itself through its viewers.

The resulting film was presented on 19 July 2014 in Glasgow’s Queen’s Park as a one-off free event. Centred on an installation of multiple LED screens set up in the old rose garden, an open terrace with views over the city and the hillside beyond, this memorable evening evoked the park’s great tradition of public gatherings. It has been reconfigured for the single screen and the installation at GoMA will be the first in a gallery setting.

Starring: Kate Dickie, Mick Harden, Molly Christie, Grace Kabongo, Amber Walker, George Wilson, Liane Sommers, Alex Large, Echo Large, James Martin, Gabriel Quigley
Songs by: Cate Le Bon
Performed by: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Original soundtrack: Barry Burns
Additional music: Golden Teacher, Nick Power
Animation: Matthew Robins
Director of photography: Michael McDonough
Camera: Casey Raymond, George Geddes.
Editing: Casey Raymond, Cristovao dos Reis
Sound design: Jochen Jezussek
Postproduction and grade: Concept AV
Produced by: Siniša Mitrović, Angela Murray
Audio-visual installation: Sue MacDiarmid.
Wall mural: Ivana Kličković.

Thanks to Katrina Brown, Kitty Anderson, The Common Guild, Martin Craig.

Screening times:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday:
10:30, 12, 13:30, 15:00

Friday & Sunday:
12:00, 13:30, 15:00

GoMA – Royal Exchange Square, G1 3AH, Glasgow
9 July – 16 August 2015