Tag Archives: Mary Stark

#14 Mary Stark

Third Floor Studio & Project Space, Chapeltown Street, 26 February 2015

Site-specific film performance by Mary Stark exploring voice, optical sound and industrial noise, featuring works made during her September 2014 residency at the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. Since 2012 Mary has worked with the filmmaking technology of optical sound, deriving ‘voices’ from fabric, lace and thread. Optical sound involves visual forms in the soundtrack area of the filmstrip translating into sound through film projection. This performance develops these explorations by engaging with the industrial heritage of Manchester in an atmospheric location, summoning absent voices, obsolete machinery and ghosts of industries past. Works involve live performance, 16mm film projection, sculptural light and shadow play, voice, industrial noise and music associated with the textile industry.  

Images © Ralph Pritchard, John Lynch & Mary Stark.

VideoFAG: Toronto

RSN UKFMS at VideoFAG, Augusta Ave, Toronto, 16 December 2014, 7.30pm

Curated by Mary Stark: “Film Material Soup presents a diverse range of approaches to artist film: studio tests with sculptural forms; projected light and shadow; repetitive actions performed for the camera; photochemical sonic processes; rhythmic interrogation of the filmstrip and the video codec; romantic technological obsolescence; animated microfilm; far flung manmade habitats; flickering urban wilds; data traced through peripheral landscapes.”

Videofag is a storefront cinema and performance lab in Toronto’s Kensington market dedicated to the creation and exhibition of video, film, new media, and live art. 

FMS & LUX13

Castlefield Gallery, Manchester 16 October & Laban Centre, London, 6 November 2014, 6.30pm, free

Film Material Soup are pleased to present a double-programme with LUX13 Critical Forum, 15 artists working with the moving-image who in May 2013 formed a monthly discussion group at LUX for artists no longer in education. At each meeting two members presented their practice, discussing work-in-progress, sharing texts, considering broader theoretical ideas, and viewing works from the LUX archive. Continuing the group’s process of discursive exchange, each artist has made a work no longer than three minutes in response to a word or phrase provided by another group member.

#12 Rogue Open

Rogue Open Studios, 19-21 September 2014,

Recent works in photography, microfilm, CCTV and stereoscopic slides by Chris Paul DanielsJoe DuffyDave Griffiths and Sam Meech (2nd floor). Plus a 1.5 hour Film Material Soup screening programme, interspersed by remixes from Chris and Sam.

 

#9 Newbridge Project

12 New Bridge St West, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AW, 5-7.30pm, Saturday 15 February

Join us for a free screening of recent works by members of Film Material Soup.  In tandem with Chris Paul Daniels’ residency at the Newbridge Project (Connect/Exchange programme supported by Northern Film + Media).  This screening has been programmed by Daniels in relation to ideas of presence, location and identity.

#8 Rogue Project Space

An event by Film Material Soup, to celebrate the current Rogue PS exhibition Frogfullness by Savinder Bual, curated by Ahmed & Carpenter. Expect live 16mm and laser interventions by Jo Byrne/OKO and Dave Lynch from Leeds. Plus new projector and digital performances from Mary Stark and Sam Meech. Also a screening of recent work on video, 16mm and Super 8 by Jenny Baines, Birkbeck & Duffy, Jacob Cartwright, Jenna Collins, Callum Cooper, Chris Paul Daniels, Dave Griffiths, Ben Gwilliam and Nick Jordan. Cosmetics, soup, mulled wine, fish heads, flying and failing, from some of the UK’s most excellent artists.

#7: New Work

FMS#6 new workRogue Open Studios, 27 September 2013

1 Election/CoverageChris Paul Daniels, 2013, HD video, 1 min; poster trails of the 2013 presidential election in Nairobi accelerate to a Zoetrope-like effect; Alarming Times, Chris Paul Daniels, 2012, HD video, 1 min; a 60-second warning from the minor, miner bird, recalling the optical effect of the Thaumatrope.

2 Between Two DesertsJoe Duffy, 2013, Lightbox, slide viewers; a newly forming urban space, it’s fabric and infrastructure a landscape being defined.

3 I (still) know what you did last summerChris Paul Daniels, 2010, 16mm film transfer, 3 mins; a recording within a recording documents the activities of a micro-environment

4 The Artists in ResidenceDave Griffiths & Joe Duffy, 2013, video, 2 mins

5 Tape Measure FilmMary Stark, 2013, 16mm b&w film loop

6 The Return of Willy PeteDave Griffiths, 2013, Sellotape 35mm loop, slide projector

7 Knitted Horse in MotionSam Meech, 2013, video loop & wool; translating Muybridge’s original image sequence into a 24-stitch punchcard knit design.

FMS v Misdirect Movies

The Royal Standard, Liverpool, 30 March 2013, free

Film Material Soup screenings and performance in response to Misdirect Movies, curated by Andrew Bracey & John Rimmer

According to Google maps the exact distance between The Royal Standard and Rogue Artists’ Studios in Manchester is 35 miles or 56,327 metres. In response to this distance, Chris Paul Daniels will run a three hour workshop relating to his ongoing collaborative project Unravel, which is accumulating one frame of hand drawn 16mm film for every metre in the distance between Lands End and Jon O’Groats. Participants will have the chance to manipulate the 16mm film in relation to this exact distance – taking each frame of the film, in this instance, as if it equals 5 metres.

Clara Casian, Shadow Casting is an attempt to catalogue the social and physical identity of specific studio spaces in Liverpool and Manchester. Using primitive methods of route finding and navigation, by tracing shadows with white chalk – the principles of celestial navigation; sun and light, are highlighted as primal indicators for direction and time measurement.

Ben Gwilliam, Soundtrack for tape pull. A performance to camera where the construction of a soundtrack is informed by the
process of recording; the medium itself directly informs the sounds, the tape and microphone are both the sound-object. Beyond a reference to how mechanism is often a silent component in sound recording, it becomes about the landscape of the gallery being a dimensional page upon which this recording is a drawing of it.

Mary Stark, A New Hope/The Empire Strikes Back. An installation of interwoven narrative cinema utilising found footage super-8 films of the first (fourth) and second (fifth) motion pictures in the Star Wars franchise.

Film/Material/Soup, a screening of film and video work addressing materiality in terms of medium specificity, physicality, notions of distance and (mis)direction.

 

#4 Rogue Project Space

#5 was a making day up in Rogue Project Space. We screened super 8 by Derek Horton and Cheryl Garner, mounted slides and did some test shooting. Mary Stark and Jenny Baines screened a nice found 16mm print about textile dyeing.  And homemade summer soup for lunch.

#3 Rogue Studio

#3 was a busy session. Sam Meech showed found-footage experiments with a key scene from Cinema Paradisowhere the protagonist becomes emotional at a screening of spliced and scratched film clips. Sam deliberately re-compressed these clips with the wrong codec so that they glitched and stuttered – exploring outmoded technology in digital and analogue viewing. We saw highlights of Chris Paul Daniels video & super 8 visuals in Groningen which mixed Scandinavian landscapes & Nordic painting to a live improvised soundtrack. Chris also screened a black metal-soundtracked super 8 delight shot in Iceland & Sweden. A very well-travelled fellow. Jo Byrne visited from OKO in Leeds to show her performative film Screen Kiss and Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise, Conceal that combines the repetitive ritual of cosmetics with hands-on fetishisation of celluloid media. We also saw documentation of The Plaza Principle, an expanded film installation at an abandoned TKMaxx, plus a project for PSL using found footage of Leeds’ 1978 Olympic bid. Mary Stark showed pics of her December trip to Mono No Aware in Brooklyn, featuring amazing sculptural and expanded filmworks. Mary also previewed her dark-room tests of B&W neg strips, which apply the language and tools of tailoring to hand-made film practice.

Lunch was a warming slow-roast squash, garlic and sweet potato soup. In the afternoon Ben Gwilliam screened a 16mm photogram negative from his recent Blankspace show. Intended as a sound-producing drawing, the visuals bled into the optical track to reflect the acoustic environment and characteristics of the exhibition site. We were also treated to Oxide, produced during his at no.w.here residency, where Ben experimented with iron rust on film stock as a method of “growing sound on film”.  Emma Hardaker screened her hand-processed super 8 expressing her relationship with her own blood condition, featuring some aleatory solarisation effects. Amy Lawrence presented experiments with splicing and respooling VHS tape. Also at the day were Dave Griffiths, Joe Duffy, Veronica Ibarra and Clara Casian.