LUKE FOWLER: A GRAMMAR FOR LISTENING

Posted by | Jessica Bardsley | Posted on | October 23, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 6:00 pm | Luke Fowler in person!

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Image from ANNA (TENEMENT FILMS) (Luke Fowler, 2009). Courtesy the artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd.

How one sees the world and how one hears it are the indelible questions underlying Luke Fowler’s startling, vibrant films. The award-winning Glasgow-based artist often collaborates with musicians and sound artists, drawing upon the histories of field recording, experimental music, and portraiture. Fowler’s early films shed light on such infamous experimental musicians as Cornelius Cardew (of the London-based Scratch Orchestra) and Xentos “Fray Bentos” Jones (of the post-punk The Homosexuals). More recently, his collaborations with Richard Youngs, Lee Patterson, Eric La Casa, and Toshiya Tsunoda have resulted in a series of audio-visual tone poems of domestic interiors, urban geography, and rural environments.  This evening, Fowler presents a collection of these works, including his Tenement Films (3 Minute Wonders) series (2009), and selections from his three-part 2009 A Grammar for Listening cycle, among others. Luke Fowler, 2007-09, Scotland, 16mm and video, ca. 75 min plus discussion.

Co-presented with the University of Chicago’s Film Studies Center, which will present a second program of Fowler’s films on Friday, October 28.

Luke Fowler (b. 1978, Glasgow, Scotland) is an artist, filmmaker and composer based in Glasgow. His work pushes the limits of documentary, while also exploring the social significance of sound. Fowler has exhibited internationally and within the United States, with solo shows at the Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, NY; X-Initiative, New York, NY; The Modern Institute, Glasgow, UK; Serpentine Gallery, London, UK; Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland; Extra City, Antwerp, Belgium; Villa Concordia, Bamberg, Germany and White Columns, New York, NY. His work has also been included in group shows at Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Monterrey, Mexico; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK; New Museum, New York, NY; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens, NY, and Tate Modern, London, England. He was the recipient of the Derek Jarman Award in 2009.

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Luke Fowler at the Film Studies Center, University of Chicago

Life in Film: Luke Fowler in Frieze Magazine

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