Image by Radio Revolten International Festival of Radio Art, 2016
This website compiles documentation relating to Mary Stark's expanded cinema performance Film as Fabric from 2012 to 2018. Videos, sound recordings, photographs, notes, and drawings record the development of the performance, as well as field research and studio practice. In addition to the performance, the research has resulted in three tape and record releases, as well as this website.
Mary Stark is an experimental filmmaker with a background in textile practice based in Rossendale, Lancashire. From 2011, Mary's artist studio and numerous performances took place in former cotton mills around Manchester, the birth place of the Industrial Revolution. Since 2012, Mary developed an expanded cinema performance taking Annabel Nicolson's Reel Time (1973) as a point of departure examining how fabric and stitch patterns transform into optical sound. The filmmaking technology of optical sound involves visual forms in the soundtrack area of the filmstrip turning into noise through film projection. Mary's performances summon absent voices and obsolete industries, involving 16mm film projection, light and shadow, mechanical noise and music associated with textile production.