[spectre] New podcast: Conversation with Luke Fowler

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Fri Mar 22 16:45:54 CET 2019

*New podcast: Conversation with Luke Fowler
<https://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/luke-fowler/capsula>, featuring music by
Luke Fowler and Fowler/Youngs.*

In this podcast, Luke Fowler talks about music, computers, and instruments,
about infrasound, ultrasound, and thresholds of the listenable, about
archives and obsessions, about affect as a film editing criteria, and about
the enormous complexity involved in representing a person’s life. We also
talk about the forces that make some artists disappear from the cultural
canon altogether in spite of having created fascinating, ground-breaking

Link: https://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/luke-fowler/capsula

Following an intuitive methodology based on an autodidactic approach, Luke
Fowler (b. Glasgow, 1978) has created a body of film works that disrupts
documentary narrative conventions. His films make up a gallery of episodes
and characters that connect diaphanous experiences, the opposite of "a fait
accompli". In them, time tends to expand, voices multiply, old 16mm reels
merge with new footage, and a plurality of discordant testimonies are
brought together around a single event, so that readings are free to move
in ambivalent directions.

Luke draws attention to the existence of a gigantic mosaic of individuals
who played an important role in history at a particular time and then
vanished. Heroic figures never emerge on their own, Fowler reminds us: they
are sustained by a dense network of affects and interactions that are then
wiped from recorded history, creating an ideological problem of focus
between figure and ground. His close collaborations with sound artists
including Lee Paterson, Mark Fell, Toshiya Tsunoda, and Eric La Casa
revolve around the same ideas, consolidating a demythologising filmmaking
approach in which the authorial form is diluted, remixed, and opens up to
its potentialities.

*All music by Luke Fowler and Fowler/Youngs*

*00:00* Research does not stop
*04:07* Home computer music-making in the early 90s
*05:28* Infrasounds & ultrasound
*07:20* 16mm and video
*09:08* What you see is where you are at.
*12:34* Reality is created for documentaries
*15:10* Heroicism versus a web of interactions
*17:56* Not products but vehicles for experience
*19:11* History as a container of models for future societies
*22:05* Archival research bordering the obsessive
*24:24* "The Poor Stockinger": memos as scripts
*30:14* "Electro-Pythagoras (a portrait of Martin Bartlett)": affects and
electronic music
*33:26* To the editor of amateur photography: superabundance and
*37:58* Everybody has an embodied reading
*39:29* "Bogman Palmjaguar": unambivalent portrait
*40:56* Depositions: oral memories as a different form of knowledge

*E/N/J/O/Y !!!*
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