A film by Hauke Harder and Viola Rusche.
“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 on concert travels. Lucier looks back on his development as a composer, from his early live electronics performances up to the premiere of his ensemble piece Panorama 2 in 2011. One of Lucier’s key works, I Am Sitting in a Room, is introduced as a central structuring device in the film.
Visited at his home in Middletown, Connecticut, Lucier offers 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.
LUMEN is a new film programme put together by Lost Property with support from Film Hub South East.