Site-specific experimental film performance by Mary Stark exploring voice, optical sound and industrial noise
Featuring experimental film works made during a September 2014 residency at LIFT, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. The artist residency was funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Canada Council for the Arts and MIRIAD.
Since 2012 Mary Stark has worked with the filmmaking technology of optical sound, deriving sounds or ‘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 show 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, optical sound, voice, industrial noise and music associated with the textile industry.
This event is part of an ongoing series of exhibitions, events and meetings by FILM MATERIAL SOUP, a collective of artists working with film, video, photography and light based in Manchester, UK. All the artists work internationally, share resources, and run screenings, expanded film performances and workshops.