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Still from Luke Fowler’s Being in a Place (2022) courtesy the artist.

Being in a Place

Art Films and Special Screenings

  • Saturday, April 20, 2024
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • Films
  • In-person
  • Registration Required
  • Drop-In Registration

Join us for a post-screening discussion with filmmaker Luke Fowler, in person.

Drawing on a wealth of unseen archival material, including sound recordings, film rushes, offcuts and unpublished notebooks, Luke Fowler’s new feature film focuses on Margaret Tait, one of Scotland’s most enigmatic filmmakers. The film takes one of Tait’s unrealized scripts for Channel 4 television, Heartlandscape: Visions of Ephemerality and Permanence, as its starting point and considers Tait's life and work grounded within the landscape of Orkney, Scotland. Tait was not interested in filming the scenery but instead looked at the precise details that constitute a place—the small things that are often overlooked. Exploring the process of filmmaking itself from the perspective of a fellow artist, Being in a Place pays tribute to the strengths in her method, the importance of fragmented bodies of work, and the intrinsic value in failure. (Luke Fowler, 2022, 35mm, 60 minutes).

Preceded by Fowler’s recent short film, N’Importe Quoi (for Brunhild), an impressionistic portrait of German composer Brunhild Ferrari. (Luke Fowler, 2023, 16mm to digital, 9 minutes)

Part of the ongoing film series Art Films and Special Screenings.

The end time for this event is estimated. End times may vary with post-screening discussion, audience Q&A, or other factors. All film events finish by 5:00 p.m.