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Lynne Marsh (CA/DE)
Stadium – First Cut, 2007

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The Olympiastadion in Berlin is both setting and protagonist for Marsh’s newest video work, Stadium – first cut.
Using a combination of footage shot on location in the stadium, 3D animation created from the architects’ model of the recent renovation, and composite footage of a performer, an uncanny dialogue is played out between architecture and the individual. Amplified by the symmetry and repetition of both space and gesture, Stadium – first cut builds a tension between the pedestrian movement of public space and physical ideals reminiscent of early Olympic callisthenic dances and design. The figure’s white costume and a haunting musical soundtrack contribute to the other-worldly sensation produced by the work. A constant interchange between the performer, her surrounding architecture, and their mediation through video, challenges the viewer to redefine their perception of the represented space. The distance between performer, space, and viewer, is reduced via rhythmic, sweeping and multiple camera perspectives, as the three culminate in a swirling, dizzying spectacle.

Stadium – first cut draws on modernist cinematic and performance traditions in relation to visualizing the mass, fusing these with influences from contemporary music videos and science fiction/fantasy films. It is a continuation of Marsh’s use of ‘found’ architectures (whether they are representations of natural phenomena or designed architectural spaces) and their relation to human investment by immersion, physical engagement and imaginative contemplation. This new work contributes another layer of abstract narration and dramatic tension to Marsh’s on-going experiments with video, animation, and psychological space.

Filmed on location courtesy of the Olympiastadion Berlin GmbH
3D data model of Olympiastadion Berlin courtesy of Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Hamburg/Berlin and Architectura Virtualis GmbH, Berlin.



Lynne Marsh is a grantee of the Consiel des arts et des lettres du Québec and des Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec as artist in residence at Küstlerhaus Bethanien.


1998 Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, MFA
1992 Concordia University, Montréal, BA

Selected solo exhibitions

2007 Stadium, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin*
Ballroom, Video Pool, Winnipeg
2006 Volcano, Platform, London*
2005 Crater, Cinémathèque québécoise, Le Mois de la Photo, Montréal*
2002 Screeners, Prema Arts Centre, Gloucestershire, UK
2000 Venus... I see blue, Oboro Gallery, Montréal
1998 New Digital Work - Video Wall Commission, Levi Strauss Store, London
Venus...I see blue, 291 Gallery, London
1995 Out of Character, YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto
The New Gallery, Calgary
Annie Get Your Gun, Le Mois de la Photo, Galerie B-312, Montréal*
Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver
1994 Ligne de Mire, Galerie Clark, Montréal

Selected duo & group exhibitions

(*denotes publication)
2006 Next Level, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany
2005 London Movies, Palais de Beaux Arts, Brussels
Dislocate, Hit Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia, and Globe Gallery, Newcastle
Video Unplugged, Galleri S.E, Bergen
2004 Hulagirl, Waygood Gallery, Newcastle*
The Sneeze 80x80, Gazon Rouge Gallery, Athens*
Transmogrifications, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London
2003 Family Business, PM Gallery and House, London
Taking Speed, 1 000 000mph Gallery, London
Festival International Cinema Nouvelle Generation, Lyon
Exhumed, The Museum of Garden History, London*
New Territories International Festival of Live Art, Glasgow*
2001 landescape, Mercer Union Gallery and iMAGES Festival, Toronto*
2000 Sodium Blindness, APT Gallery, London
Problems of Everyday Life, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
1998 Close Encounters, The Ottawa Art Gallery*
flipped; Sexe Limité, La Centrale Galerie, Montréal
1996 Women Look at Guns, SF Camerawork, San Francisco
In Our Sights: Artists Look at Guns, California Museum of Photography, Riverside*

Selected publications

Volcano, published by Platform, London, 2006
Fall (artist’s project for print) Esse, Vol.52, Fall 2004
Tian An Men by Namco (poster -inside front and back covers) Mix Magazine, Vol.27, Fall 2001
Out of Character (artist’s book) ed. of 100, 1995, distrib. Art Metropole, TO, Printed Matter, NY

Selected residencies and awards

International Studio Programme, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin 2006
Arts Council England 2003 | 2006
Canada Council for the Arts 1993 | 2000 | 2005
Arts and Humanities Research Council UK 2004
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec 1993 | 1994 | 1996 | 1999 | 2003
The Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada 1996 | 2003

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