Light Reading’s 2008 series continues with a conversation between artists Luke Fowler and William Raban. Fowler’s work Bogman Palmjaguar (2007) will be screened during the event.
Luke Fowler has his own unique vocabulary for playing with the documentary format in film. His recent work paints unique portraits of idiosyncratic, fascinating personalities that continually inspires it, be it a charismatic rock star or a maverick psychologist. In composing a disjointed narrative, mining archival footage, documentary photographs, scraps of sound and other found material, Fowler prises the essence of his personalities out from the composite materials ofthe work. His work resurrects pieces of forgotten history and weaves them back into the present. Over the last year, Fowler has made several 16mm film studies that deal with the relationship between place, image and sound.
Bogman Palmjaguar is a portrait of a man who after a series of disturbing events became distrustful of people and withdrew into nature. Bogman describes himself as 'the hidden cat' and 'wild outlaw of paradise' and is fighting against a psychiatric diagnosis that brands him as a 'paranoid schizophrenic'. Bogman's early life, and the diagnosis, subsequently conditioned his relationships with others, both within and beyond the medical establishment. The decision to take legal action to remove this label is of paramount importance to him, both as a search for justice and to seek reason in the course his life has taken over the past three decades. The film was shot across two visits to Bogman's home in a remote village in the north of Scotland.