Mary Stark


Summoning Ghosts of Industries Past: An experimental film performance 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 performance summons absent voices and obsolete mechanics involving 16mm film projection, sculptural light and shadow play, optical sound, industrial noise and music associated textile production.