Luke Fowler: All Divided Selves
Friday, July 27th, 19h
Flat Time House
210 Bellenden Road, London SE15 4BW, UK
A lyrical collage of film about R.D. Laing completed in 2011. Using footage from the Flat Time House archive amongst multiple other sources, Luke Fowler's film focuses on one of the key characters in the history of Better Books.
The film concentrates on archival representations of radical psychiatrist RD Laing and his colleagues as they struggled to acknowledge the importance of considering social environment and disturbed interaction in institutions as significant factors in the aetiology of human distress and suffering. RD Laing was associated with the art and poetry gatherings at Better Books and his controversial psychiatric writings and methods considerably influenced the creative practices of the artists involved at Better Books. All Divided Selves reprises the vacillating responses to these radical views and the less forgiving responses to Laing's latter career shift; from eminent psychiatrist to enterprising celebrity. A dense, engaging and lyrical collage- Fowler weaves archival material with his own filmic observations including footage from a SIGMA gathering with John Latham and others at Brazier's Park in 1964.
Luke Fowler's recent solo exhibitions include Inverleith House, Edinburgh, 'All Divided Selves', CCS Bard Galleries, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; 'Ridges on the Horizontal Plane', Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne (2011); Serpentine Gallery, London; 'A Grammar For Listening', The Modern Institute, Glasgow; and 'Warriors', X Initiative, New York (all 2009). Forthcoming solo exhibitions 'The Poor Stockinger' at The Hepworth, Wakefield (made in association with Contemporary Art Society, Film and Video Umbrella and Wolverhampton Art Gallery). He participated in 'Cornelius Cardew and the Freedom of Listening', CAC Bretigny; 'British Art Show 7: In The Days Of The Comet', Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham and The Hayward Gallery, London; 'Radical Nature', Barbican Art Gallery, London; 'The Associates', DCA, Dundee; 'What You See is Where You're At', The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; and 'Younger than Jesus', New Museum, New York (all 2009). In 2008 he received the inaugural Derek Jarman Award. Born in Glasgow in 1978, he continues to live and work in the city.
All Divided Selves was developed during a residency at CCS Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson, and produced with support from The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow and Gallery Gisela Capitain, Koln. Distributed by LUX, London.
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