Mary Stark

Sarah Hill, Director and Film Curator, Video Jam, presented an insight into her work with artists exploring film and live music events. These included filmmaker Mary Stark who attended, introducing and presenting elements of her 16mm performance practice. The presentations were followed by a discussion with David Butler (University of Manchester) exploring Video Jam and Mary's work.

Video Jam is an ongoing series of unique, experimental events which seek to explore and re-examine the relationship between contemporary moving image and live sound. Through Video Jam Sarah Hill has worked with over 300 artists to date, including Mary Stark, whose practice involves developing 16mm film performances deriving 'voices' from fabric through optical sound. Mary was commissioned by Video Jam to develop her film practice with sound artist Chaines. Together they created audio/visual piece Film as Fabric Thread and Lace which was premiered in November as part of UK tour Spaces

When: Wednesday 22 April. Registration from 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start. Drinks from 8.30pm – 9.30pm.

Where: Tyneside Cinema (Digital Lounge, 2nd floor), 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6QG.

Sarah Hill is an artist filmmaker and curator. She initiated and founded Video Jam in 2011. Video Jam has since become an indispensable part of the arts culture in the North West, hailed as ‘one of Manchester’s most innovative nights' (Manchester Wire). Working within a small team she has hosted over 30 unique events within the UK and beyond at venues such as Silent Barn (New York), Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, The Vaults (London), and the Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester). Through Video Jam, Sarah has completed two residencies and received numerous commissions from leading organisations and institutions, including curating events in response to major touring exhibitions at Manchester Art Gallery from Jeremy Deller and Ryan Gander. Sarah’s practice as an artist filmmaker explores the art of collage, the relationship between sound, music and image, and moving image in performance. 

Mary Stark is an artist based at Rogue Studios in Manchester. Her practice is driven by enchantment with the sculptural material qualities of the filmstrip independent of the projector, and film projection as a site of wonder and imagination. With a background in textiles, filmmaking and photography, her work encompasses sculptural objects, photographic prints, installation and performance. Mary’s films have been shown in galleries and at festivals internationally including recently a commission for the Video Jam tour ‘Spaces’; a four week artist residency at LIFT, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto; Mono No Aware, New York; La Escocesa Studios, Barcelona; Video Jam at Manchester Art Gallery and Nordic Summer University, Sauðárkrókur, Iceland. Mary is studying for a practice-as-research PhD with MIRIAD at Manchester School of Art, where she is an Associate Lecturer. 

David Butler is Senior Lecturer in Drama and Screen Studies at the University of Manchester. His particular research interests are in the relationship between sound, music and image. He is the author of Jazz Noir (2002) andFantasy Cinema (2009), and has collaborated with musicians such as John Surman and David Shea. His current research is focused on the life and work of Delia Derbyshire and the portrayal of rural communities on screen.