Lynne Marsh’s practice is situated on the threshold between documentary and staged events, and recently concentrates on the interrogations around sites of cultural spectacle such as the studio and the concert hall.
Her new work, co-produced with the Opera North in Leeds, brings forth an altered experience of the infamous opera La Traviata, presenting it in its entirety. Mimicking the framing device of a play within a play, the video installation produces a production of production. The music guides her camera as Marsh explores the fragility of the ‘live’ event. Throughout the piece, Marsh observes stage managers, technicians, costume dressers, props personnel and the performers, bringing an operatic tradition into context with present-day realities, pronouncing the mechanics that create an experience. Producing a new mise-en-scene for La Traviata, composed of its processes of routine labour around the stage, she reveals a choreography of support between the behind-the-scenes and the ‘grand narratives’. Please book your tickets for 'Resonant Voices in Contemporary Visual Culture' a talk by Fatos Üstek, with an introduction by artist Lynne Marsh here.
The ﬁlm will be screened everyday at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm, with a late screening on Thursday at 7 pm.
Lynne Marsh’s film is co-produced with Opera North, Leeds and is generously supported by The Canada Council for the Arts and The University of Hertfordshire.
ﬁg-2 would like to thank Micro Rave for their generous support.
LYNNE MARSH CV
Lynne Marsh (b. 1969, Vancouver, Canada) lives and works in London. Her video works have been exhibited and screened extensively including: The Montreal Biennale; Toronto International Film Festival; Kunsthalle Memmingen, Germany; Aurora, Dallas; The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal; PROGRAM, Berlin; European Media Art Festival, Osnabrueck, Germany; ICA, London; Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Spain; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; 10th Istanbul Biennial and Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels.