Cacophony was commissioned by the Illuminate Adelaide Festival 2022. The work uses the restaurant façade on Lower Rundle street in downtown Adelaide. Playing hard and fast with the English language to produce various kinds of chaos, and peering through windows and listening to silence surrounding family violence to invoke a kind of auditory synaesthesia, Cacophony aims to invoke a kind of transcendent visual space. Cacophony experiments with visual techniques in order to examine this serious and complex theme and the phenomena of family violence.
2020 LOCAL SITES
Explores a series of contentious and undefined spaces in the South West corner of the City of Adelaide. In consultation with my neighbours and other local residents, I ask questions about how these spaces of indeterminacy can become sites for actions and events.
2019 CINEMATIC EXPERIMENTS
A playful interactive multi-media installation in which early cinema techniques and digital dance are layered and animated. Starting with a library of analogue and digital source material, media artists Margie Medlin, Rhian Hinkley, Olaf Meyer, and James Wilkinson devised a series of experiments that combine motion graphics with digital dance choreography by Vicki Van Hout and Patrick Lucky Lartey. The project fosters collaboration between media artists and their experimentation with responsive technologies. The project invites audiences to bring a sense of curiosity and explore their own movement in relation to this dynamic installation. Presented in Dance Massive 2019. In situ at the Altona Gate Shopping Centre, the Digital Art Media Lab, by The SUBSTATION. Public Exhibition March 14 -17, 2019
Artists Margie Medlin and Nikki Heywood look at some of the experiments from Margie’s Cinematic Experiments project (2017-2019) and discuss the concepts and ideas behind them.
2016 PARTICIPANT AND GUEST SPEAKER
The Improvisation Exchange week at the Dance and Technology Conference. I Dance Festival, Nov 21 – Nov 29, Hong Kong. http://www.i-dancehk.com/
2016 ARTIST AND DRAMATURG
Presentation of 25 min video First Skin produced as part of the Archive Box Project. Venue: BankART Studio NYK 2F. https://www.tpam.or.jp/2016/en/
February 6-14 TPAM Yokohama Japan. Initiated by the Singapore International Arts Festival 2015. Dance Marathon: Open with a Punk Spirit! Archive Box.
THE PROJECTIONIST (A durational installation)
The Projectionist was a live event. Ten sixteen-millimeter projectors fill the disused Tanjong Pagar Railway Station Singapore with my dance film loop archive. The event pays homage to the art of cinema and experimentation between movement, time, light and space. Space becomes a kinetic sculptor the audience moves inside it like the ghost in the machine threading together a dance film archive.
31 August, 7pm – 10pm. Location: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
Commission for the Singapore International Arts Festival 2015.https://sifa.sg/sifa/show/dance-the-projectionist/
2015 ARTIST AND DRAMATURG
Presentation of 25 min video First Skin produced as part of the Archive Box Project.
The highlight of Dance Marathon – OPEN WITH A PUNK SPIRIT! is undoubtedly the Archive Box. Each of the seven Japanese dance-makers (the Archivists) have archived one seminal dance of theirs in a Box of influences and inspirations. These Boxes were recently introduced to another seven dance-makers (the Users), who have never met the Japanese artists before. The Users are each invited to create a response to a specific Archive Box. Together with dance dramaturgs Nanako Nakajima, Muto Daisuke, Margie Medlin and Festival Director Ong Keng Sen, all 14 dance-makers have embarked on this blind date of sorts. In the spirit of copyleft and creative commons, the Users’ responses and the Archive Boxes will be unveiled on two exciting evenings, 29 August and 5 September 2015.
2004 – 2007 THE QUARTET PROJECT More info
Informed by developments in the fields of physiology, computer science, real-time software development and engineering, this multi-media event was the culmination of several years’ collaborative research. It investigated the kinesthetics of music: determining movements that produce sounds that in turn produce new choreographies. Quartet aimed to present a versatile and flexible creative process for experimenting with cause and effect in multiple media; an insight into what it means to transform one medium or gesture into a completely different one; a redefinition of interaction through music and dance.
ARTISTS, SCIENTISTS, AND ENGINEERS
Margie Medlin: Director
Stevie Wishart: Musical Director and composer
Lea Anderson: Choreographic Directions
Russell Maliphant: Choreographic Directions
Lisa Nelson: Choreographic Directions
Gerald Thompson: Motion control camera designer
Glenn Anderson: Motion control software and electrical engineering
Ir. Todor Todoroff: Sound and Gesture engineer
Nick Rothwell: Virtual Control Systems & & Integration Design
Holger Deuter: Virtual Character Design
Michael Koch: Real-time charácter set-up
Morphing Physiology 2009: https://vimeo.com/532184723
Alphabet 2007: https://vimeo.com/532089876
Personal Space 2007: https://vimeo.com/53209197
Development Video 2005: https://vimeo.com/492408030
Quartet was partly funded by a Sciart Production Award (2005-2006) from the Wellcome Trust, in collaboration with the Physiological Laboratory, University of Cambridge.
Quartet is co-produced with the Performance and Digital Media Department of the Institute of Contemporary Art, London (ICA).
Other funding partners include the Arts Council of England, the Arts Victoria Cultural Exchange Program, the New Media Art Board, International Community Partnerships and Market Development of the Australia Council for the Arts.
Project support from:
ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie), Germany
STEIM “Studio for Electro Instrumental Music”, Holland
ART ZOYD Centre Transfrontalier de Production et de Création Musicales, Valenciennes, France
ARTeM (Art, Recherche, Technologie et Musique), Belgium
Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund, Germany
IN PROGRESS RESEARCH SHOWING AND DISCUSSION.
“MOVEMENTS: DUETS & SOLO”
DECEMBER 23RD 2004 STEIM, AMSTERDAM
& FEBRUARY 5TH AND 6TH AT THE ICA, LONDON.
2002 MISS WORLD
Featuring a duet between a live dancer and a virtual dancer this project explores the complex relationship between the real and the virtual. The choreography investigates the interplay between the camera and the dance, by creating choreographies and uses the combined capacity of dance and film to convey the qualities and feeling of the movement to the viewer.
EXHIBITIONS: 2007 Spring Dance Festival, Sydney, Australia. 2003 Future Cinema, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki. 2003 Media Festival Bangalore, India. 2003 Screenings in Cuba, Chile and Costa Rica 2002 Future Cinema ZKM, Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany. 2002 Tanzmediale, Cologne, Germany.
Review: The art of dance, Ballet Tanz
“Miss World” is the title of an installation by Australian-based artist Margie Medin, created in 2002 in collaboration with the Karlsruhe centre for art and media technology and last shown at the tanzmedial exhibition in Cologne. A monumental triptych made out of three concrete walls, the work draws from the spectator involuntary comparisons between the images projected on to it: on the right-hand wall, a dancing female cyber figure and on the left, slightly unsynchronised film of a real woman dancing the same way (choreographed and danced by Rebecca Hilton). In the centre, we see images of spoiled landscapes and ugly urban development which would quickly lose their fascination if one did not realise that these images are moving in the same way as the women – the camera is dancing. In Medin’s work, which the spectator is intended to perceive through identification and empathy, just like stage dance, camera and dancer blend into one; the camera becomes an appendage of the body. Medin is drawn to dance because of its “intellectual and emotional information without a text basis”. While “Miss World” addresses numerous issues, from the cult of physical perfection to the role of technology in society and the brutal urbanisation of the natural environment, it is primarily a highly intelligent reflection on dance through the media of new technology.
Miss World 2002: https://vimeo.com/164841343
1998 ELASTICITY AND VOLUME
Four films about space and movement, directed by Jacqueline Everitt, Stephen Bram, Margie Medlin and Ben Anderson, produced by Margie Medlin and Ben Anderson.
EXHIBITIONS: 1999 Antistatic at the Performance Space, Sydney. 1998 The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne.
Documentation 1998: https://vimeo.com/237928304
1996 MOBILITY IN AN ARTIFICIAL CITY
The locations within this city are The Transit Zone, The Market Place, The Deportation Centre, The Border Town and The House. The city plan and each location are based on plans from other sources. The work, Mobility in an Artificial City, draws attention to the emotional interactions of inhabitants to different spaces.
EXHIBITIONS: 1998 Troisièmes Reconcontres Internationales Art cinéma/ vidéo/ Coordinateur, Paris. 1997 Body Works Festival, Dance House, Melbourne. Asian Dance Festival, NYC, USA. 1997 Tollwood Festival, Munich. 1997 Art Space, Sydney. 1996 Green Mill Festival, Melbourne Town Hall.
Three screen 1997: https://vimeo.com/165747729
MIXED MEDIA 2000- 1986
2000 “ESTATE,” Urban design, video installation.
Lux Media Art Center, London 2000
Center for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne 2000
1995 “WINDOW IMAGES”
Public projections at the Melbourne Town Hall.
In conjunction with Melbourne International Film Festival.
1994 “CLOSE UPS ON SWANSTON WALK”
Public projections at the Melbourne Town Hall
In conjunction with Melbourne International Film Festival
1991 “TRANSITIONS” BEYOND EL ROCCO
Designed a slide wall backdrop for a documentary filmed in Sydney
A film about contemporary jazz music. Produced by Lucas Produkzions.
1991 AUDIOVISUAL PRODUCER
For the Aboriginal and Island Commission of the Australian Council of Churches in.
A presentation to the World Council of Churches 7th Assembly in Canberra on the 14th February 1991. The plenary was a combination of 14 speakers, the band Yothu Yindi and a 70 min slide and video presentation. All the elements gelled in a powerful documentary of Aboriginal & Islander experiences since white people first claimed Australia. The script was written by Anne Pattel-Gray of the Aboriginal and Island Commission of the Australian Council of Churches.
Stage direction Margie Medlin.
Video production Wendy Spencer.
Slide production Margie Medlin.
Audio Visual produced by Heuristic Video, Sydney
Technical Co-ordination Australian Broadcasting Corporation acting as the Host Broadcaster.
1988 Director of Photography and lighting assistant for three short films produced at the New School for Social Research, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
An exhibition of film loops, Part of the Sydney Film and Video Event
1987 “WHITE HOUSE”
A multi-projection installation performance, City Art Institute, Sydney
1986 “JETTISON THE OBJECT RELEASE THE IMAGE”
A multi-projection performance, The Performance Space, Sydney.
1986 Technical Assistant “CITY PROJECTIONS” By Krzysztof Wodiczko.
Produced by Ian de Gruchy. Adelaide Festival, Artist Week.