Luke Fowler

Pilgrimage from Scattered Points (2006)

About this artwork

‘Pilgrimage From Scattered Points’ is a film about the English composer Cornelius Cardew and his avant-garde Scratch Orchestra which celebrated the notion that anyone can play music. The result is an intriguing and absorbing film that documents the ground-breaking orchestra from its conception in the late 1960s to its demise in 1973. ‘Pilgrimage From Scattered Points’ investigates what Fowler has describes as “the internal contradictions and struggles of The Scratch Orchestra… through interviews, recent and archival footage and predominantly unreleased music”. In his visually engaging imagery and sound, which is unfamiliar and chaotic yet also demonstrates an underlying structure and cohesion, Fowler encapsulates the whole nature of Scratch music.

Luke Fowler

Luke Fowler

A prominent figure in Glasgow’s contemporary art scene, Luke Fowler’s work explores the limits and conventions of biographical and documentary film-making. This has resulted in comparisons with British Free Cinema of the 1950s, which represented a new attitude to film-making that embraced the reality of everyday, contemporary British society. In adopting the roles of artist, curator, historian, film-maker and musician, Fowler creates impressionistic portraits of intriguing figures. As montages of archival footage alongside new recordings, interviews, photography and sound, Fowler’s films offer a unique and compelling insight into his subject. Fowler was born in Glasgow and studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, from 1996-2000. He received the inaugural Jarman Award in 2008 and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2012. Recent solo exhibitions include: Common Sense, La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2013); The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott, Wolverhampton Art Gallery (2012); and Luke Fowler with Toshiya Tsunoda and John Haynes, Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2012).