Works for Sound and Video
Loosely described as a documentary What You See is Where You're At, by Glasgow-based artist Luke Fowler, focuses on the Kingsley Hall therapeutic experiment and the 'anti-psychiatry' initiatives of sixties psychoanalyst and writer R.D. Laing.
The work is a collage of 'found' and archived film and audio recordings that provide insight into the experiences of the Kingsley Hall residents and seeks to re-appraise the experiment's relevance to contemporary society. It is presented courtesy of The Modern Institute, Glasgow and was first shown at Dundee Contemporary Arts in 2001. The piece was also part of Manifesta 4, Frankfurt in 2002.
'Fowler, musician P6 and artist Sue Tompkins' recent performance Be Dear Crazy Loud, at Glasgow's Flourish Studios, took a found tape of a violent argument between a domineering mother and her schizophrenic daughter as the starting point for an intense and confrontational audio work. In separate soliloquies Tompkins and P6 extracted and built on the aurgument, swapping and confusing the roles of mother and daughter, while Fowler sampled and processed background noise or slivers of words here and there. The performance functioned more like an explanation or commentary on the tape than an artistic transformation of raw material...'
'The Mind's Eye,' Dan Fox on Luke Fowler - Frieze, May 2004
Fowler/Koper's film, The Way Out, A Portrait of Xentos profiles one of the founding members of The Homosexuals, a British band that lapsed into obscurity after self-releasing a number of ground-breaking records in the post-punk period. The Way Out was a cut-up DIY concept album that imagined its musical context situated in an inverted parallel universe where pop music is made by Modernist, Serialist composers and the avant-garde is left to those on the fringes of acceptance.
The piece interweaves new interviews, scripted scenes, found and filmed footage with unearthed Super-8 films by Xentos himself - (Fowler).