Symposium Day 1: All Divided Selves (feature film) UK, 2011, 93mins
Presented as part of Looking Back into the Future - a symposium on artist moving image practice, August 29-31, Auckland.
In a one-off screening at the Academy Cinema on August 29, All Divided Selves reflects on the charismatic, guru-like figure of Glasgow-born psychiatrist R.D.Laing.
In his now classic text The Politics of Experience (1967) Laing argued that normality entailed adjusting ourselves to the mystification of an alienating and depersonalising world. Thus, those society labels as 'mentally ill' are in fact 'hyper-sane' travelers, conducting an inner voyage through aeonic time.
All Divided Selves concentrates on archival representations of Laing and his colleagues as they struggled to acknowledge the importance of considering social environment and disturbed interaction in institutions as significant factors in the aetiology of human distress and suffering. All Divided Selves reprises the vacillating responses to these radical views and the less forgiving responses to Laing's latter career shift; from well-recognised psychiatrist to celebrity poet. A dense, engaging and lyrical collage - Fowler interweaves archival material with his own filmic observations ― All Divided Selves marries a dynamic soundtrack of field recordings with recorded music by Éric La Casa, Jean-Luc Guionnet and Alasdair Roberts.
Luke Fowler is known for his film portraits of socially radical figures; from the avant-garde composer turned political activist Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981) to the Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing (1927–1989). He has had recent solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, London; CAC Bretigny and X Initiative, New York (all 2009). He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2012 for All Divided Selves. He was born in Glasgow in 1978, where he continues to live and work.
All Divided Selves screens as part of Looking Back into the Future - a symposium on artist moving image practice, August 29-31, Auckland. Presented by CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand in association with Elam School of Fine Arts, National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries (NICAI), The University of Auckland, With the support of Creative New Zealand and the British Council.