24 April 2015
Aros, Portree, Isle of Skye
For Where I Am, ATLAS Arts as part of its Broad Reach programme with Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre, is hosting a screening of Luke Fowler’s film Depositions, 2014.
Depositions explores the role of the Highland traveller in Gaelic Highland history and culture by combining archival footage from the Isle of Barra, new footage and interviews. The film-work was originally commissioned as part of Artists and Archives: Artists’ Moving Image at the BBC a residency programme based at BBC Scotland.
‘Luke Fowler’s films dwell on potentiality: what might be, what might have been, what might still be if the world were to turn in a different direction? But film time runs in many directions, as do arguments. Film made only recently can be easily confused with the archival vintage of washed-out or saturated tones and blurred edges. Only the disjunction between sounds that live close within the ear and rich voices from a fading past distinguish archive from present. Gradually the pieces converge: our nostalgia for ancient folkways, traditional song and the romance of freedom, all undercut by scientific rationalism and the pressures of normativity bringing law to bear on lives resistant to conformity. What is an archive if not a collection of letters to ourselves?’ David Toop, 2014
In addition to the screening and to assist in placing the film in a Scottish island context you are invited to take part in a special reading group for the event. The suggested texts are selected to stimulate discussion on the role of the outsider and the contribution travellers made to Gaelic culture and Highland history and what the public perception of travelling communities are now.
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 awarded the inaugural Derek Jarman Award in 2008 and he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2012.
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‘Depositions’, 2014 (still)
24 minutes 32 seconds
Courtesy of the artist
Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network.
SCREEN-IT is ATLAS’ film and moving image programme, showcasing the best in artist moving image from across the globe. The programme aims to foster a critical forum, encouraging engaged discourse around the themes explored at each event. SCREEN-IT is a regular monthly event during the winter season, which has expanded to encompass large-scale screening events in partnership with Lisson Gallery, Lux Scotland, Dunvegan Castle, Skye Live and Transit Arts.