Mary Stark is an artist filmmaker with a background in textile practice based at Analogue Farm in Rossendale and Ebor Studios in Littleborough. Since 2012 Mary has been making expanded cinema performances 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 transforming into noise through film projection. Mary's performances summon absent voices and obsolete industries, involving 16mm film projection, reflected light and shadowplay, mechanical noise and music associated with textile production.
Mary shows her work internationally. In 2017 she was a recipient of an inaugural Oram Award, which recognises women innovating in sound and music. From 2017-2019 she co-produced Jennifer Reid's Industrial Folklore Tapes IV: The Langley Linnet. In 2018 she released a 10 inch record Industrial Folklore Tapes Vol III: Film as Fabric. Her work is included in a number of recent and forthcoming publications, including The Crafty Animator (2019) and Other Cinemas: Politics, Culture and Experimental Film Arts (2017). In 2016 Mary was a participant at the Independent Imaging Retreat aka Film Farm in Ontario. In 2014 Mary was an artist in residence at LIFT, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. She is studying a practice as research PhD at Manchester School of Art Research Centre. 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.