35mm & Digital
Luke Fowler • UK 2017 • 45m • 35mm • 12A
Electro-Pythagorus is an intimate and subjective portrait of Martin Bartlett (1939–93), a Canadian experimental electronic musician who pioneered the use of the ‘microcomputer’ during the 1970s and 80s. His contribution as an interdisciplinary composer, educator and founding member of the artist-run centre Western Front is undoubtedly extensive, but his legacy risks fading from cultural memory since his death from AIDS in 1993.
Created largely from archival material as well as new 16mm film footage shot in and around Vancouver and Amsterdam, the film navigates an array of Bartlett’s archival materials including letters, correspondences, notebooks, personal photos, and a huge body of unreleased music and field recordings held at the archives of Simon Fraser University. Softly guided by Luke Fowler’s insightful camera and montage, Electro-Pythagorus is a journey through the evolution of Bartlett’s musical time and space, creating an experimental portrait that defies one-dimensionality.
A series of four shorts by Luke Fowler entitled Anna, Helen, David and Lester will screen before Electro-Pythagorus.
The selected films portray four diverse individuals brought together through a shared residence – a flat in a Victorian tenement in the West End of Glasgow. As the recipient of Film London Jarman Award in 2008, Fowler was commissioned to produce the four short films for 3 Minute Wonder, Channel 4's shorts strand.
Anna Luke Fowler • UK 2009 • 3m • Digital
Helen Luke Fowler • UK 2009 • 3m • Digital
David Luke Fowler • UK 2009 • 3m • Digital
Lester Luke Fowler • UK 2009 • 3m • Digital
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