Cardew / Fowler / Mattin
OtherFilm / IMA
Institute of Modern Art
6pm, Thursday, 9 May 2013
|Luke Fowler’s 2006 documentary Pilgrimage from Scattered Points addresses the English composer Cornelius Cardew, who formed Scratch Orchestra with Michael Parsons and Howard Skempton in 1968. Their draft constitution, published in The Musical Times in June 1969, set out the framework for the orchestra’s work, proposing a fluid community where students, office workers, amateur musicians, and professional composers would gather for performance, music making, and edification.Following the screening—and in response to it—Mattin will perform. The Basque artist spent the last decade in noise and improvisational music. His work pays homage to the histories of these genres, while undertaking a provocative, often humorous interrogation of their rules and claims—the proposed anti-sociality of noise, the implicit ‘freedom’ of improvisation.The Fowler screening is a joint project of IMA / OtherFilm. Mattin’s performance is a joint project of IMA / Disembraining. His visit has been assisted by the Australia Council.
Cardew / Fowler / Mattin - WORKS
In his latest documentary film piece, Fowler outlines the history of The Scratch Orchestra, composer Cornelius Cardew’s free-thinking grouping of musicians, non-musicians and other interested parties. Using archive footage – much of it culled from Hanne Boenisch’s 1971 television…