Research

Current Research:

Mary is the director of the AHRC-funded project, Digital Ghost Hunt. She is also continuing work on Some Assembly, a collaborative artwork produced with Portland-based artist Palmarin Merges. Some Assembly was shown at Blackfish Gallery in Portland, OR in late 2017 and was named one of the, "Five Gallery Opening's We're Most Excited to See" in the Willamette Week. She has also written a book chapter on rephotographic practice for the upcoming Hands on History book (Routledge, 2018).

Research Trajectory:

Mary has long been interested in narrative, performance & mediated art.  She is interested in the intersection of performance and digital media and has used her work with Forced Entertainment and the Lee Miller Archives as a point of departure. Her work has been funded in the UK by the AHRC, the British Academy, Arts Council England and commercial partners.

In the past decade, Mary has completed a number of research projects including the following:


SELECTED WORKS:

  • Traces of Lee Miller:Echoes from St. Malo 
    DVD and Internationally-touring exhibition.
  • Impossible Geographies
    An interactive installation shown on 4 continents created with Petra Gemeinboeck
  • Nightwalks 
    A performative VR project with Forced Entertainment that won the Transmediale in 2000
  • The Somnambulist 
    A generative film experiment shown at film festivals and online.
  • Investigating Imaginary Evidence 
    A digital project interrogating issues of creative authorship created while a Vectors Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center.
  • A range of projects with Forced Entertainment focussing on the creation of photo-real narratives and virtual spaces defined by story fragments. Most of that work was created using photographic virtual spaces (constructed with QuickTime VR technology) to examine moments removed from filmic narratives that have been frozen in time.

Information about these (and other past projects) can be obtained via email.

Early Work:

Mary trained as a director and, as a result, her work is located in a space shared by performance, interactive media, ephemera and story-telling. At the start of her career, she worked in New York as an assistant to Richard Schechner during the development of his Faust/ Gastronome and Kafka's Amerika, projects with East Coast Artists. She was the volunteer co-ordinator for the London International Festival of Theatre in 1995. During the mid-late 1990s, she regularly collaborated with Forced Entertainment to create work which explored emerging technologies and devised performance. She has also worked with other live artists to explore digital technologies, including Michael AtavarDaniel Gosling, and the BBC's Shooting Live Artists's Digital Performance Initiative.