A Grammar for Listening

A Grammar for Listening (parts 1-3)
by Luke Fowler

Wednesday, May 2nd, 7:00 p.m.
The Lang Auditorium, 4th floor, Hunter North Building
695 Park Avenue, NYC

Presented by The Department of Film and Media Studies and the IMA Development Fund
in conjunction with Notations: The Cage Effect Today, The Hunter College Art Galleries.

About A Grammar for Listening (2009, UK, 56 minutes):

Luke Fowler’s film cycle A Grammar for Listening (parts 1-3) is an attempt to create a meaningful dialogue between looking and listening. Working with three different sound artists, Fowler’s film allows us to suspend the usual order of things in motion pictures, which gives the eye primacy and asks the ear to follow along, The various soundscapes in A Grammar for Listening propose a new way of hearing the everyday, and together with Fowler’s delicate 16mm images, create an open space for the ear and the eye to collaborate.

About the artist:

Luke Fowler is an artist, filmmaker and musician based in Glasgow, Scotland. His documentary films have explored counter cultural figures, including Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing and English composer Cornelius Cardew. In 2008, Fowler won the inaugural Derek Jarman Award.

Please note: Fowler will not be present for the screening.

A Grammar for Listening will be preceded by a work-in-progress screening of Bridge by Kevin T. Allen, an MFA candidate in the Integrated Media Arts Program.

About Bridge (2012, super-8mm, 8 minutes)

A study of three similar but distinct microcultures: the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge and Williamsburg Bridge. Allen interrogates their soundscapes through the use of contact microphones, allowing us to listen to the physical infrastructure of the bridges and experience their inherent macroacoustics.

About the artist:

Kevin T. Allen makes films, radio and sound art that range from the experimental to the ethnographic. He has exhibited at numerous venues, including MoMA, the Margaret Mead Film Festival and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. He teaches documentary practice at The New School and is an MFA candidate in Hunter College’s Integrated Media Arts Program.

Allen will be present to introduce Bridge.