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Luke Fowler, Tenement Films (3 Minute Wonders), 2009, stills from a suite of four color films in 16 mm, each 3 minutes. Clockwise from top left: Helen; David; Anna; Lester.

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Luke Fowler, Tenement Films (3 Minute Wonders), 2009, stills from a suite of four color films in 16 mm, each 3 minutes. Clockwise from top left: Helen; David; Anna; Lester.

TENEMENT FILMS (3 MINUTE WONDERS), 2009, the opening presentation of Luke Fowler’s solo show at the Serpentine Gallery, comprises four 16-mm shorts, screened here one to a wall. Each work records the apartment of one of the artist’s neighbors. Helen is a flurry of erratic shots, quick cuts, and multiple exposures. In the relatively static conclusion to David, the camera points outside: David’s possessions ultimately tell us less about him, Fowler implies, than this open window, this view of Glasgow’s pedestrians, its streets. In the moodily lit Anna, a young woman is glimpsed in reflection, followed by Fowler himself, hidden by a camera: A relationship is suggested between artist and subject. The sound tracks of these works, composed by different collaborators, vary greatly. A composition pairing cello and sine wave accompanies Lester. Anna contains “field recordings” of the minute

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