November 20th (friday)
NO IDEAS BUT IN THINGS
The composer Alvin Lucier
a film by Viola Rusche & Hauke Harder
Bowerbird Presents GATE
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
ABOUT THE EVENT
"Don't ask me what I mean, ask me what I've made." Inspired by this motto, this documentary accompanies the American composer Alvin Lucier (*1931) on concert travels to The Hague (Netherlands) and Zug (Switzerland). The filmmakers invite Lucier to explain and comment on his works: from his early live electronics performances ("Music for Solo Performer" (1965), and "Bird and Person Dyning" (1975)) - up to the premiere of his ensemble piece "Panorama 2" in 2011. One of Lucier's key works, "I Am Sitting in a Room" (1969), is introduced as a central structuring device in the film.
Filmed at his home in Middletown, Connecticut, Lucier offers rare insights into the beginnings of his pioneering works, his time as a member of the Sonic Arts Union, his relations with John Cage and David Tudor, as well as his teaching practice at Wesleyan University.
NO IDEAS BUT IN THINGS - this line by the American poet William Carlos Williams is one of Lucier's favorite quotes when he is asked about his artistic attitude. It also reflects the filmmakers' intention to create a portrait of Lucier that is primarily based on his work.
The Rotunda is a West Philadelphia community-gathering place that is fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst for social change and that the arts can lead to the formation of meaningful partnerships between the University of Pennsylvania and surrounding neighborhoods. Over 300 events are offered every year, including live music, film, spoken word, theater, art, dance, education, youth programs, arts incubation, and various experimental genres. As an alcohol-free, smoke-free venue, The Rotunda provides a critical social alternative for all ages. At its core, The Rotunda is a shared space fostering learning, enrichment, and community support while empowering the public to present, produce, and promote their work.