Part of Series

RD Laing

All Divided Selves.

Brisbane, Australia


Part of OtherFilm / IMA
Where Institute of Modern Art
Starts Saturday, 16 March 2013
Ends Saturday, 25 May 2013

British artist Luke Fowler is known for his film portraits of radicals. His recent film, All Divided Selves, which featured in last year’s Turner Prize, addresses the controversial Scottish anti-psychiatrist R.D. Laing. Published in 1960, Laing’s most famous book, The Divided Self, argued that schizophrenia was the result of people struggling with socially prescribed identities. In the counterculture period, Laing struck a chord, attracting followers to his anarchic, individualist, anti-establishment philosophy. On Thursday 9 May at 6pm, we will also present a one-off screening of Fowler’s documentary Pilgrimage from Scattered Points, which addresses maverick English composer Cornelius Cardew. Another joint project of OtherFilm / Institute of Modern Art.

Luke Fowler is represented by the Modern Institute, Glasgow.

All Divided Selves. - WORKS

  • 90 minutes
    All Divided Selves

    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…