Margie Medlin (AUS/ GB) has a multi-faceted biography in lighting design, experimental filmmaking and expanded cinema. She has lit and designed new dance performances, produced film, video, new media art works, mentored and curated. Her work specialises relationship between dance and the moving image. Her aim is to research the potential of light, projection, and screen-based media techniques thereby furthering my exploration of the relationship between movement, devised spaces and media technologies. 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.
Margie’s installations demonstrate a commitment to experimentation and excellence. Cinematic Experiments (2019), Quartet (2007), Miss World (2002), Elasticity and Volume (1998) and Mobility in an Artificial City (1996) 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 India, the USA, Cuba, Australia, Germany, the UK, Japan and Finland.
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 performance 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 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 instigation of innovative platforms for choreographers and interdisciplinary artists.
Throughout her career she has sort to advance the field and challenge herself. Margie was awarded a practice-based Ph.D. in expanded cinema practices from Coventry University UK (2021) and a Masters degree in Virtual Design from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (2000). 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 workshops themes have included, lighting design, dance film making, experimental film-making, dance and technology, developing the relationship between performance and visual art.