What You See Is Where You're At

Fowler, Luke
What You See is Where You're At takes advantage of the vast repositories of moving image archives that are available to artists today, where everything from classic movies to homemade clips jostle for our attention. Here archives have been raided to present a portrait of the 1960s Scottish anti-psychiatrist and guru, R. D. Laing (1927–1989), who famously perceived a kind of wisdom in schizophrenia, giving it value as more than an 'illness'. Fowler pulls clips from various sources that contradict each other, presenting them with equal weight. In building a series of opposing views, he resists conventional hierarchies, allowing the presentational mode of the film to embody the principles of its subject, the psychiatrist.
  • Artwork Details: running time: 24 minutes 40seconds
  • Edition: 1 of 5
  • Material description: DVD
  • Credit line: Commissioned and funded by DCA, Dundee for the group show 'Beyond' © the artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster ltd. Footage taken from the documentaries 'Asylum' and 'R.D. Laing in the USA' produced and directed by Peter Robinson.
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  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC36/2006



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