Lynne Marsh is an artist whose practice is concerned with questioning the status of the image through mediation, technology and production. Ideas central to Marsh’s research include offstage space; production-in-production; affective and cultural labour; music as a framing device; and the Brechtian revealing of the mechanics of cultural and theatrical production.
Working with moving image, performance and installation, Marsh’s works develop out of an ongoing inquiry into specific sites of human spectacle. Her works capture the behind-the-scenes workings and turn the camera onto those subjects whose labour and gestures support and mediate events in these locations. In doing so, her works address the political dimension of its scenography. Marsh’s formal and conceptual strategies emphasize the camera’s performance as a means to reconfigure social space, presenting the mechanics that create an experience as a type of theatre or performance in its own right.
Highlighting the fundamental relationship between form and content within the viewing experience, Marsh creates distinct architectural environments in which to perceive her work, inviting the viewer to bear witness to the construction of their experience.
Marsh received her BFA at Concordia University in Montreal and her MA at Goldsmiths University of London, UK. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; Opera North, Leeds; ICA, London; the Toronto International Film Festival; and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Her work has been featured at La Biennale de Montréal; The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; 53 Art Museum, Guangzhou; Manif d’art–The Québec City Biennial; and the 10th International Istanbul Biennial and screened at Salzburger Kunstverein; European Media Art Festival, Osnabrueck; Centre Pompidou, Paris; BFI Southbank Cinema, London; and on the BBC.