Artprojx Cinema presents

Luke Fowler in association with

The Modern Institute


Liisa Lounila, Erkka Nissinen, Pilvi Takala, Timo Vaittinen

in association with AV-arkki

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David Gryn

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Friday 9 March 2012 at 8.30pm and 9.30pm
In association with The Modern Institute
A Grammar for Listening (Parts 1 - 3) & All Divided Selves by Luke Fowler


Saturday 10 March 2012 at 7pm and 8pm
In association with AV-arkki, The Distribution Centre For Finnish Media Art

“Mystery Show” - featuring Four Finnish Artists:
Liisa Lounila, Erkka Nissinen, Pilvi Takala, Timo Vaittinen
program 45 minutes (played twice)


SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues), New York, NY 10011
ALL SEATS ARE FREE. RSVP to reserve your seat and confirm which screening you prefer.
Contact: David Gryn at and +447711127848


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The Modern Institute and Artprojx Cinema presents
Luke Fowler
Friday 9 March 2012 at 8.30pm and 9.30pm

A Grammar for Listening (Parts 1 – 3) 8.30pm

Silence dominated the experimental film of the 1960s. Sound or musical accompaniment was often dismissed as illustrative, manipulative or redundant. Instead, a return to experiments of early cinema concentrated on rhythm, structure and material and thereby considered film’s potential as a unique art form with its own grammar.

Prior to this tendency in film, composer John Cage had foregrounded silence within his 1953 composition ‘4’33’. Purging concerts of conventional musical content, he allowed the sounds from outside to come inside and become the focus of the audience’s attention.

These foundational ideas have led to a burgeoning music scene focused on environmental sound and field recording. Outlining some of the complexities between film and sound, Luke Fowler’s film cycle ‘A Grammar for Listening (parts 1-3)’ attempts to confront these contradictions through the possibilities afforded by 16mm film and digital sound recording devices. These three films, created in collaboration with sound artists Lee Patterson and Toshiya Tsunoda and composer Éric La Casa respectively, provide a series of collaborations and meditations on the issues raised, and propose a number of tentative navigations through.

All Divided Selves 9.30pm

The social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s were spearheaded by 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 depersonalizing world. Thus, those society labels as ‘mentally ill’ are in fact ‘hyper-sane’ travelers, conducting an inner voyage through aeonic time. The film 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-recognized psychiatrist to celebrity poet. A dense, engaging and lyrical collage — Fowler weaves archival material with his own filmic observations — marrying a dynamic soundtrack of field recordings with recorded music by Éric La Casa, Jean-Luc Guionnet and Alasdair Roberts.

Luke Fowler

Luke Fowler (b.1978) is an artist, filmmaker and musician based in Glasgow. His films, a collage of found footage and Fowler's own recordings, have documented the work of British counter cultural figures including Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing and composer Cornelius Cardew. Through his collaboration with experimental musicians Toshia Tsunoda, Lee Patterson and Eric la Casa, he creates dynamic soundtracks of original compositions and field recordings for these works.

His new feature-length film 'All Divided Selves' is the third work to take up the legacy of radical psychiatrist R.D. Laing. It concentrates on archival representations of Laing and his colleagues as they struggled to acknowledge the importance of considering social environment as significant factors in human distress and suffering. The film premiered at Anthology Film Archive in New York in November 2011 and has been screened as part of the Berlin Film Festival this year.

The Modern Institute will be making a solo presentation of Luke's new photographic prints at the Independent Fair in New York in March. His recent solo exhibitions include Inverleith House, Edinburgh; ‘All Divided Selves’, CCS Bard Galleries, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; Serpentine Gallery, London; ‘A Grammar For Listening’, The Modern Institute, Glasgow; and ‘Warriors’, X Initiative, New York; Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include ‘The Poor Stockinger’ at The Hepworth, Wakefield. He participated in ‘Cornelius Cardew and the Freedom of Listening’, CAC Bretigny; ‘British Art Show 7: In The Days Of The Comet’, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham and The Hayward Gallery, London; ‘Radical Nature’, Barbican Art Gallery, London; ‘The Associates’, DCA, Dundee; ‘What You See is Where You’re At’, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich; and ‘Younger than Jesus’, New Museum, New York; In 2008 he received the inaugural Derek Jarman Award.

The Modern Institute

The Modern Institute has been described by Art Review as 'a model for galleries around the world'. Since its foundation in 1998 it has played an important role in putting Glasgow on the world art map through its association with some of the most important names in contemporary art. The gallery represents 38 artists who are regularly exhibiting internationally in museums and institutions. These include four Turner Prize winners; Martin Boyce (2011), Richard Wright (2009), Simon Starling (2005), Jeremy Deller (2004) and two further nominees; Cathy Wilkes (2008) and Jim Lambie (2005). Several of the artists have exhibited at the Venice Biennale, with Martin Boyce representing Scotland with a solo presentation in 2009.

Artists represented include: Dirk Bell, Martin Boyce, Jeremy Deller, Alex Dordoy, Urs Fischer, Kim Fisher, Luke Fowler, Henrik Håkansson, Mark Handforth, Georg Herold, Thomas Houseago, Richard Hughes, Chris Johanson, Andrew Kerr, Jim Lambie, Duncan MacQuarrie, Victoria Morton, Scott Myles, Nicolas Party, Toby Paterson, Simon Periton, Manfred Pernice, Mary Redmond, Anselm Reyle, Eva Rothschild, Monika Sosnowska, Simon Starling, Katja Strunz, Tony Swain, Spencer Sweeney, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Padraig Timoney, Hayley Tompkins, Sue Tompkins, Cathy Wilkes, Michael Wilkinson, Gregor Wright, Richard Wright.

The Modern Institute: Luke Fowler Solo Presentation 3rd Floor, Independent, 548 West 22nd St, New York, NY 10011. March 8-11, 2012




Artprojx Cinema & AV-arkki, The Distribution Centre For Finnish Media Art presents
"Mystery Show"
Four Finnish Artists: Liisa Lounila, Erkka Nissinen, Pilvi Takala, Timo Vaittinen
Saturday 10 March 2012 at 7pm and 8pm
followed by a reception with the artists

Liisa Lounila: PLAY>> (2003)

Timo Vaittinen: In Da Club (2006)

Erkka Nissinen: Rigid Regime (2011)

Timo Vaittinen: Central Park (2012)

Pilvi Takala: Broad Sense (2012)

Liisa Lounila: GIG (2007)

Pilvi Takala: Players (2010)

Timo Vaittinen: Mystery Show (2007)

Liisa Lounila

(born 1976 in Finland) lives and works in Helsinki. She gained an MFA from Academy of Fine Arts in 2005 in Helsinki. Lounila has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the 8th Istanbul Biennale; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; MAXXI, Rome; and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki. She represented Finland at the 50th Venice Biennale. Lounila is currently in residency at the ISCP in New York. Her works are also featured at VOLTA NY 2012. Lounila’s main mediums are experimental film/video, photography and painting. Her works usually deal with an obscure need for change, great expectations and places of potential. Usually her pictures, both still and moving, have their background in movies, yellow papers, lifestyle magazines and pop lyrics.

Erkka Nissinen

(Born 1975 in Finland) lives and works between Helsinki, Hong Kong and Amsterdam. He studied in The Slade School of Fine Art in London and gained an MFA degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in 2001 in Helsinki. He went to Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten residency in Amsterdam in 2007. His works have been exhibited internationally, latest solo exhibitions at Ellen de Bruijne Project Space in Amsterdam, Smart Projects Space in Amsterdam, Helsinki City Art Museum’s Kluuvin Gallery and 1646 in Den Haag. He won the acclaimed Illy Prize during 2011 Rotterdam Art Fair. His latest work Rigid Regime (2011) was selected to the international competition of the Rotterdam Film Festival 2012. Erkka combines acting in an actual studio with simplified computer animations within his videos. His videos are characterized by absurdity, humor and deliberate clumsiness.

Pilvi Takala

(born 1980 in Finland) currently lives and works in Amsterdam. She received an MFA from The Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2006. She went to Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten residency in Amsterdam in 2009-10. Takala’s works have been shown in museums and film festivals worldwide. She was awarded Prix de Rome 2011 for the work Broad Sense, of which a screening version will be included in the program. Her works are narratives based on site-specific interventions and actions, sort of exceptions in everyday life. The actions aim to reveal and question unwritten rules and shared truths of the specific social setting in a subtle way. The actual artworks produced based on the actions are mostly videos, but also photographs and publications.

Timo Vaittinen

(born 1976 in Finland) lives and works in Helsinki. He has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki and gained an MFA in 2007. Vaittinen’s works have been recently shown in Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Living Art Museum in Reykjavik, A.L.I.C.E. gallery in Brussels and Helsinki Art Museum. His latest latest solo show was held in Pori Art Museum in Finland. Timo Vaittinen works with collage and painting and turns this mixture into a moving, spatial animation. He likes to play around with the polarities of analog and digital, import painterly approaches to producing videos and confuse the material appearances of paintings.



AV-arkki is the Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art. AV-arkki’s main purpose is to distribute and promote Finnish media art to festivals, events, museums and galleries worldwide. AV-arkki has been a pioneering distributor for over 23 years and has opened up opportunities for artists to get their works recognized internationally. The activities of AV-arkki have contributed to the success that Finnish media art enjoys today. These activities are unique in both Finland and the other Nordic countries.

Supported by the Consulate General of Finland in New York, The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York and The Finnish Cultural Foundation.


Artprojx Cinema

Artprojx promotes and screens artist’s film and video programs in the context of the cinema. Working in collaboration with galleries, artists, art museums and art fairs. Artprojx has worked with Art Basel Miami Beach, Frieze, ICA, Tate, Whitney Museum, Sadie Coles HQ, Gavin Brown enterprise, Gagosian, White Cube, Hauser & Wirth, Victoria Miro Gallery and many more leading international contemporary art galleries and artists.