LUKE FOWLER / DAVIDE TIDONI
FRI – SUN 12 – 6pm
OVADA, 14 Osney Ln, Oxford OX1 1NJ
Electro-Pythagoras (a portrait of Martin Bartlett)
Film, 45 minutes
With Electro-Pythagorus: A Portrait of Martin Bartlett Luke Fowler pays tribute to the work and musical ideas of Martin Bartlett (1939-93) a proudly gay Canadian composer who during the 1970s and 1980s pioneered the use of the ‘microcomputer’. Bartlett is hardly recognised, never mind canonised, in cultural life. He researched intimate relationships with technology and was particularly interested in handmade electronics where, as he states in one of his performances: “the intimacy of handcraftedness softens the technological anonymity creating individual difference making each instrument a topography of uncertainties with which we become acquainted through practice’.
Luke Fowler is an artist, filmmaker and musician based in Glasgow. His work explores the limits and conventions of biographical and documentary filmmaking, and has often been compared to the British Free Cinema of the 1950s. Working with archival footage, photography and sound, Fowler’s filmic montages create portraits of intriguing, counter cultural figures, including Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing and English composer Cornelius Cardew. lux.org.uk/artist/luke-fowler
ALL BODIES END IN SILENCE
The work presents several actions Davide has performed with microphones. These actions reflect on the materiality of the sound devices and explore their corporeal aspects, as sounding bodies that he interacts with in unexpected ways. The actions are developed with a direct dramaturgy, each ending with the metaphorical death of the microphone and consequent absence of sound. Examples of actions include burning a microphone or destroying it with a slingshot. Davide’s actions explore the ephemeral nature of corporeal existence through the presence, absence, and disappearance of sound as a metaphor for life and death.
Videos produced by Overtoon and Davide Tidoni.
Davide Tidoni is an artist and researcher. He is interested in the relational dimension of listening and in the physical experience of sound. With a particular sensibility towards observation and intervention, he creates works of different formats that include live performance, audio recording, documentation video, and listening workshops. He recently published a sound ethnography on the group ultras BRESCIA 1911 (SARU Oxford Brookes University, 2018). davidetidoni.name