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6th DMZ Docs(2014)

I AM DOCU



All Divided Selves

Luke FOWLER

  • UK
  • 2011
  • 93min
  • DigiBeta
  • color/black and white

Synopsis

All Divided Selves portrays the life of Glasgow-born psychiatrist R.D. Laing, as well as his now classic text “The Politics of Experience (1967). Drawing upon an array of archival sources including his various presences in the footage as well as excerpts from his texts, Fowler investigates the influences of Laing and his colleagues on the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s and 70s in UK as they strived to evoke the importance of considering marginalized and disturbing subjects not simply as mentally ill but as significant to understanding the alienating aspects of the world and the ways in which they are responsible for human distress. Intersecting the archival materials with his filmic records, including landscapes shot in extreme closeup and colorful abstractions reminiscent of Stan Brakhage’s lyrical films, Fowler unravels a particular sense of place, a place charged with various affects derived from the sociopolitical contexts of his psychiatric practices. Abandoning a linear progression of narrative, the film enable viewers to reach the complex relationship between image and sound through a variety of audible materials from disparate sources, including a stream of natural soundscapes directly made with a separate recorder, and Laing’s voices and a series of sound effects derived from the archival materials, bringing into relief each of its atmospheres. In doing so, the complexity of the audio-visual relationships echoes the complexity of the relationship between the past and the present, between humanity and nature, and between Laing’s ideals and his surrounding social conditions. (KIM Jihoon)

Review

Director

  • Luke FOWLER

    Luke Fowler (born 1978) is an artist, filmmaker and musician based in Glasgow. He studied printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. He creates cinematic collages that have often been linked to the British Free Cinema movement of the 1950s. His documentary films have explored counter cultural figures including Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing and English composer Cornelius Cardew. Fowler was shortlisted for the 2005 Beck’s Futures prize in December 2004. He was awarded the inaugural Derek Jarman Award in 2008. In 2009, he had a retrospective exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery. He exhibited in 2010 in Rencontres d’Arles festival (France). In 2010, Fowler was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts through their Grants to Artists program. In 2011, Fowler was part of ‘British Art Show 7’ at the Hayward Gallery, London. In 2012 Fowler was shortlisted for the Turner Prize, for his solo exhibition at Inverleith House in Edinburgh, which showcased his new film exploring the life and work of Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing. All Divided Selves (2011)​ 

Credit

    Production Company / Contact

    Production Company  Lux Distribution 

    Contact   Lux Distribution

    Email  distribution@lux.org.uk​