A Grammar for Listening
Kino im Kesselhaus
16:00 – 17:00
Sound: Lee Patterson, Eric La Casa, Toshiya Tsunoda (2009, 58’, 16mm, sound, color)
The three parts of Luke Fowler’s film A Grammar for Listening explore the soundscape of our environment and how we listen to it. A Grammar for Listening is a response the relentless attempt of Western culture to distinguish music from noise and everyday sounds. Ordinary noises are perceived as annoying and not musically interesting. John Cage’s 4’33’’, Pierre Schaeffer’s concept of ‘acousmatic’ listening, and the burgeoning scene of composers using field recording have changed this. Created in close collaboration with the sound artists Lee Patterson, Toshiya Tsunoda and Eric La Casa—who all work intensively with field recording—the film poses questions about how to develop new dialogues between looking and listening through the possibilities provided by 16mm film and digital sound recording devices. Ever noticed the aftereffect of sound rustling through a cityscape? What happens when images recede to the backdrop and sound takes on the leading role?
Luke Fowler (UK, 1978) is an artist, musician and filmmaker based in Glasgow. His unorthodox documentary films explore counter cultural figures like the Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing and the English composer Cornelius Cardew, and investigate the material properties of film. Two key themes underpin his practice: the forging of collaborative relationships and the interest in ‘small phenomenal things’.