Master-Symposium November 6 – 8, 2018: with Luke Fowler and Robert Beavers

Semester Autumn semester / 1st & 3rd semester

November 6: Opening Screening, 18h30 – 21h00
Sandrainstrasse 3
3007 Bern
T +41 (0)31 381 15 05

November 7 & 8: Seminar, 10h00 – 17h00
MA Contemporary Arts Practice
University of the Arts Bern
Grosse Aula, ground floor
Fellerstrasse 11
3027 Bern

Universität / Haute Ecole
Hochschule der Künste Bern
Teacher Luke Fowler and Robert Beavers
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The MA Contemporary Arts Practice in Bern is very pleased to have Luke Fowler
and Robert Beavers as our guests. They will be teaching a 2-day seminar (Nov. 7 & 8)
opening with a public screening (Nov. 6) at Lichtspiel in Bern. The seminar will be based
on the themes and concerns within their practices as artists, filmmakers, musician - with
a particular emphasis on portraiture/place, engaging with archives and sound.

Luke Fowler (born 1978) is an artist, filmmaker and musician based in Glasgow.
He studied printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee.
Fowler has shown extensively at film festivals and in art galleries including Doclisboa
(Portugal, 2016), Lismore Castle Arts (Ireland, 2017), ICA, London (2016), Inverleith
House, Edinburgh (2012) and Serpentine Gallery, London (2009). He was nominated for
the Turner Prize in 2012 and won the inaugural Film London Jarman Award in 2008.

“My film practice over the last 17 years has hinged on – but not exclusively –
the relationship between documentary film and other, more experimental ways of
depicting the world. I am interested in the excavation of subjects that have been
rendered invisible – be they marginalised and dispossessed groups or individuals,
who have been left out of the cultural canon. Rather than shoe-horning my subjects
through a readymade “template” or ‘treatment’ my films are created through an
organic process which is concomitant with its subject matter. Whilst some of my
early films dealt with music and musicians as subjects, in recent works sound and
place have become key concerns.”
- Luke Fowler

Robert Beavers (born 1949) is an American experimental filmmaker best known for
‘My Hand Outstretched to the Winged Distance’ and ‘Sightless Measure’, an epic cycle
comprising 18 of his films (many later re-edited) made since 1967. Beavers’s use of
shaped mattes to obscure aspects of the image and gelatine filters that produce
varieties of coloured light are hallmarks of some of his films, many of which observe
hand- and craftwork (including his own filmmaking).
Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, Beavers attended Deerfield Academy before meeting
the filmmaker Gregory J. Markopoulos in 1966. They moved to Europe in 1967 and
removed their films from distribution; Beavers did not show his films in the United
States again until 1996. Beavers made films in Greece, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany,
and Italy. His early Plan of Brussels and Winged Dialogue (1967-68/2000) are multilayered
psychic explorations; From the Notebook of...(1971/1998) is set in Florence
and inspired by Leonardo's notebooks. Ruskin (1975/1997) is shot at the various sites
of the titular artist/critic’s work in London, the Alps and Venice. Beavers’s only film to
use intertitles, the dialogic Sotiros (1976-78/1996) marks the end of his use of filters
and mattes. Wingseed (1985), The Hedge Theater (1986-90/2002), The Stoas (1991-97),
and The Ground (1993-2001) dwell in pastoral environments in Italy and Greece. Beavers
has produced three films outside the Hand Outstretched cycle: Pitcher of Colored Light
(2007), The Suppliant (2012) (both shot in the U.S.) and Listening to the Space in My
Room (2013). He lives with the German filmmaker Ute Aurand in Berlin and in Massachusetts.
(R. Rutkoff)

>> A detailed programme will follow soon.