Luke Fowler

The Nine Monads Of David Bell

12.10 — 16.12.07

Solo exhibition

Curated by Anselm Franke

Participating artists Luke Fowler

Luke Fowler presents "The Nine Monads Of David Bell" (2007). Living and working in Glasgow, Luke has become known for his elaborate and poetic portrayals of past radical social experiments. Such as composer Cornelius Cardew's famous Scratch Orchestra featured in his film “Pilgrimage From Scattered Points” (2006).

Luke's installation departs from his film "What you see is where you’re at" (2001), a portrait of the Kingsley Hall community (Philadelphia Association 1965-1969). This beacon of the anti-psychiatry movement provided a counter model to the mental institution, breaking down notions of treatment and the doctor/patient hierarchy. Focusing on one of Kingsley Hall’s residents, "The Nine Monads Of David Bell" furthers an investigation into his world. David Bell was a mathematician who moved to London in the 1950 s to work as a computer programmer. After an unexplained accident at a nuclear firm Bell became a patient of Dr. Leon Redler, a young American Psychiatrist working at Kingsley Hall. Despite their clinical characterization as pure “schizophrenese”, David Bell's words were valued and recorded at Kingsley Hall. Recordings now woven through the sound work presented alongside the Fowler's original film, "What you see is where you’re at" (2001) to make up "The Nine Monads Of David Bell".

The exhibition of Luke Fowler is made possible through the generous support from The Modern Institute, Glasgow.

Location Extra City - Antwerpen-Noord, Tulpstraat 79, 2060 Antwerpen