Mary Stark is an artist, filmmaker, photographer and long time Video Jam collaborator. Her practice is led by hands on exploration of analogue film as a sculptural material and the physical photographic nature of film as a measurement of time and space.
She is currently studying a practice as research PhD exploring the filmstrip as textile material at Manchester School of Art, where she is an Associate Lecturer. She also undertakes projects as a freelance artist assistant, photographer and filmmaker, having worked for clients such as the Crafts Council, Cornerhouse, MIRIAD, the Nuffield Theatre and Octopus Collective’s Full of Noises Festival of Experimental Music and Sound Arts.
Mary's short Found Film (Woven) was scored live by musician Paul Wharton for Video Jam 1 (27/01/12), the first ever, now legendary, Video Jam event. In January 2014 Mary was commissioned to work with sound artist Chaines to develop a piece using 16mm and optical sound in response to Jeremy Deller’s exhibition All that is Solid Melts into Air which was presented and performed for Video Jam at Manchester Art Gallery (14/01/14). Later that year, Mary was a commissioned artist for Video Jam's first UK tour, Spaces, supported by Arts Council England, for which she further developed her work with Chaines over a 6 month period to produce expanded 20 minute film performance Film as Fabric, Lace and Thread. Since then, Mary has spoken about her work in relation to the events with Video Jam film curator Sarah Hill on BBC Radio Manchester and to an audience at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle. Most recently she was commissioned to develop new work in response to a site-specific programme (14/05/15) at the Textiles Gallery in Manchester Science and Industry Museum. Mary collaborated with Liverpool pop reconstructavists The Aleph to produce an expanded 16mm piece entitled She Hangs her Coat on the Highest Pin.