Margie Medlin (AUS/ GB/DE) has a multi-faceted biography in lighting, scenography media art, and expanded cinema. She has designed new dance performances, produced film, video, new media art works, mentored and curated. Margie’s work specialises in relationships formed between dance, space, a viewer, and the moving image. Margie has collaborated with many choreographers and directors including Ros Warby, Sandra Parker, Rebecca Hilton, Lucy Guerin, Carol Brown, Russell Dumas, Russell Maliphant, John Jaspers, Ong Keng Sen, Hellen Sky, Vicki Van Hout and Gideon Obarzanek and mentored many young dance-makers in Australia and internationally. Her aim is to research the potential of light, projection, and screen-based media techniques thereby furthering a linage of expanded cinema exploration of the relationship between movement, devised spaces and media technologies.
Throughout her practice, she has continued to experiment and forge new ground aesthetically, collaboratively, and technically. She has created many and varied multi-screen movement performances and installations using early analogue technologies (35 mm slide projection, super 8 projection and 16 mm projection) through to state-of-the-art high-end digitally controlled systems utilizing live video, motion capture, motion control technologies and Robotics.
Margie’s installations demonstrate a commitment to experimentation and excellence. Cinematic Experiments (2019), Quartet (2007), Miss World (2001), Elasticity and Volume (1998) and Mobility in an Artificial City (1996/7) were highly praised and received substantial public investment from the Australia Council and Arts Council of England. Funding for these projects also included A Science and Art – Production Award from the Wellcome Trust, London (2005), and an Arts Victoria Commission (2002). Her media artwork has been exhibited extensively including in India, the USA, Cuba, Australia, Germany, the UK, Japan, and Finland.
Margie has received many film and design awards. In 2014 she received an artistic leadership award from the Australia Council of the Arts. In 2013 she was nominated for an Arts Asia Award for her work with Attakkalari Center for Movement Arts, Bangalore. In 2005 received a Science and Art production award from the Wellcome Trust, London. In 2002 she received the John Truscott design award for her scenography with Ros Warby. In 1997 a Bessie award for light design for Lucy Guerin’s Two Lies. Margie was an artist in residence at the ZKM, Centre for Art and Visual Media, in Karlsruhe, Germany between 1999 and 2001.
As Director of Critical Path, Australia’s leading centre for choreographic research, Sydney, 2007 to 2015. Margie’s program was dedicated to the instigation of innovative platforms for choreographers and interdisciplinary artists. Margie worked with Garry Stewart the Artistic Director of the Australian Dance Theatre, (ADT) in Adelaide Australia to produce ADT’s 2021 International Centre for Choreography program. This included a series of Critical Conversations, FLOW a dance on screen series, and part three of Dance Dramaturgy: What Matters Most in Turbulent Times.
Throughout her career, she has sort to advance the field and challenge herself. Margie has a practice-based Ph.D. in expanded cinema practices from Coventry University UK and a Masters degree in Virtual Design from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Prior to her MA, she organised a bespoke study program in art and design for myself (1986-1992). In this period, Margie studied Film and New Art Studies at the City Art Institute, Sydney, Lighting Design as a Special Research Fellow at the Yale School of Drama USA, Scenography at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design and a Diploma in Advanced Computer Applications for Theatre Design at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
Margie has 20 years of international teaching and mentoring experience, specialist workshop themes have included, lighting design, dance filmmaking, experimental film-making, dance and technology, and developing the relationship between performance and visual art.