VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin
VariaVision with Sue Tompkins und Luke Fowler
Country Grammar + Electro-Pythagorus
12.11
Roter Salon

Film
English

Luke Fowler, Country Grammar (with Sue Tompkins), UK, 2017, 16mm transferred to digital, 18’ (German Premiere)
Sue Tompkins, Country Grammar (2003-2017), live performance in conjunction with the film screening

Based on Sue Tompkins’s first and never repeated solo performance ‘Country Grammar’ (2003), this special collaboration between the two Glasgow based artists has produced a new film shot by Luke Fowler. The film is comprised of fleeting and spontaneous material shot in summer 2017 - at a recording studio, in public gardens, at home and around the streets where the artists' live. It introduces a new project by the British performer, which invites filmmakers and artists to respond with their own visual material to her historical performance pieces. The sound and image are combined through the editing, bringing new associations and meanings to the original performance text. Especially for VariaVision, Sue Tompkins will perform ‘Country Grammar’ live in front of the screening of the film.

Luke Fowler, Electro-Pythagorus: A Portrait of Martin Bartlett, UK/Can, 2017, 16mm transferred to HD, 45’

With his last film, Luke Fowler pays tribute to the work and musical ideas of Martin Bartlett, an experimental Canadian composer influenced by David Tudor and John Cage who during the 1970s and 1980s pioneered the use of the ‘microcomputer’. The life and work of the highly influential, yet little known, composer “is resurrected in this lovingly constructed biographical essay. Archival footage finds Bartlett at home, at work, and onstage, while voiceover readings of the proudly out artist’s reflections on his place in the era’s gay community convey a sense of intimate, holistic personal history.” (NY Film Festival). Bartlett, who died in 1993 of AIDS-related causes, made an important and original contribution to the development of live electronic music. Working both with theatrical and mixed media environments, he devised elegant and open interactions for instrumental performers and computer-controlled synthesizers.

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