Luke Fowler won the inaugural Jarman Award in 2008, at thirty years old, and he had a solo show at Serpentine Gallery the following year. The Guardian raved about his work at the time, calling these works "two of the most fascinating films of recent years." He is currently the ICA's resident artist, and tomorrow night they screen Fowler's works A Grammar for Listening (Parts 1, 2 and 3).
These films were made in collaboration with artists Lee Paterson, Eric La Casa and Toshiya Tsunoda. They take as their starting point the historical attempt to locate and classify noise, music and commonplace sounds. What is the relationship between sound and vision?
In a throwback to sixties' conceptualism, Fowler purges the allusive or manipulative context of sound in relation to the filmed moving image. With these works, Fowler is commenting as much on the unique grammar of imagery as much as he is the space which sound inhabits. These are real foundational, vital ideas about how sound functions and how we react to and navigate through it. These are all quite conceptual terms but, trust me, these are very engaging films and a great way to start a Saturday night in the West End.