Mary Stark is an experimental filmmaker based at Analogue Farm in Rossendale who shows her work internationally . She gained a practice based PhD from Manchester School of Art Research Centre in 2020 for a project titled 'Film as Fabric: Connecting Textile Practice and Experimental Filmmaking through Expanded Cinema Performance'. A website published in 2020 compiles documentation of the expanded cinema performance Film as Fabric and shows its development from 2013-2017, as well as field research and studio practice https://marystark.wixsite.com/filmasfabric This work examined the practice of transforming fabric and stitch patterns into optical sound. The filmmaking technology of optical sound involves visual forms in the soundtrack area of the filmstrip transforming into noise through film projection. The performance summoned absent voices and obsolete industries through 16mm film projection, reflected light and shadow, mechanical noise and music associated with textile production.
Mary's work is included in recent publications including Cinema Expanded: Avant_Garde Film in the Age of Intermedia (2020) and The Crafty Animator (2019). In 2017 she was a recipient of an inaugural Oram Award, which recognises women innovating in sound and music. In 2016 Mary participated in the Independent Imaging Retreat aka Film Farm in Ontario and in 2014 she was artist in residence at the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. Shows include Contact Festival of New Experimental Film and Video, a specially commissioned camera-less 35mm film in response to the Delia Derbyshire Archive, Mono No Aware exhibition of Expanded Cinema in New York, an artist residency at La Escocesa Studios in Barcelona and a performance in a makeshift darkroom in Sauðárkrókur, Iceland.