the illusion of fact

The ResCollecTiVU is an alternative bi-annual publication and performance series through the RCAH, MSU, and the surrounding community. Showcasing dynamic, inventive, and provocative work of all mediums, including poetry, music, photography, theater, media art, video, sound constructions, spoken word art, graphics, dance, installations, paper play, webart, and sculpture.

Shari Baker and Mark Valentine Sullivan were invited, to contribute a series of photographic submissions in the ‘Digital History’ category.

The images looked at what it means to digitize memories, collections, historical documents, photos, letters, or voices in an effort to preserve them and their stories. This submission considered the question of documentary, what would and should we preserve, and why. We chose to submit a series of photographic montages, as an exploration into the concept of ‘illusion’ as it relates to factual documentary. How the memory and the image, can play tricks. The sources images were from two eras, but were sandwiched together to create the illusion of a single memory, from two very different sources. The submission was addressing the concept of digital history.

The magazine is available here.


slip in time…

video and audio installation ~ temple works
leeds light night festival 2009

video/kiosk installation © shari baker 2009
audio/sound design © mark sullivan 2009

slip in time…

If a building had a memory, with secrets to tell, what would it say?

Slip in Time’ began as an enquiry into the secrets a building might tell, if only we spoke the same language. Video artist, Shari Baker, and composer, Mark Sullivan worked collaboratively to suggest a hint of these memories, dislocated in time.

Responding to the space, they used visual and aural artifacts sampled directly from the building, to explore the traces and fragments left behind. Weaving a vast historical and social tapestry of memory itself.

The short film, which was created, will be on view as part of the Temple Works torch light tours, running during the Leeds Light Night Festival on October 9th, 2009.

The work brings together fleeting moments, captured as glitches in time, half remembered, visual and aural metaphors with a narrative that is both haunting, yet soothing, and somehow, just beyond our reach of comprehension. Immense in its quietness, it is intended to leave us wanting more, just like memories themselves.

The project was created as a transatlantic collaboration, with composer Mark Sullivan. Video and audio was captured by Shari Baker and then processed and edited, by the duo. Being passed back and forth during the development of the piece, which ultimately, became a response to each others work, and the building itself.

Shari Baker, video artist and educator using time based media – photography, video, sound – to explore the creative potential in live installation, exhibition and public projections.  Using media in its multi-sensory role to engage individuals and groups towards inspiring imagination and creativity, while stimulating inquiry and dialogue within community and educational settings. Developing visual and audio experiences for virtual and live spaces, her work combines both the whimsical and the provocative and has been exhibited worldwide.

Mark Valentine Sullivan, a composer working with sound, with photographs, and with multimedia compositions, has performed and exhibited around the globe. He continues his creative research into the relationship between music, language, and movement, between still images and sound, and between the language shared between the visual and the acoustic, and has pursued projects relating to a wide range of experimental practices in music, photography, and aesthetics. He has been closely involved, for twenty years, in schools and a range of communities, fostering imaginative and critical understanding of artistic activity.

blurring boundaries

The blurring boundaries exhibition presents some new work by floebee and mark valentine exploring concepts of identity and the blurring of boundaries, and includes some reflection on their own process of creation and on the themes of the group, especially the relationship between their work, and the concept of the minimal and the abstract.

We would like to thank daruma* and ministract for this opportunity.

are you the blur

traces of left behind

do i know the boundary


ghosts in passing

who defines my identity

a head for figures

do my choices define

make like james dean

and what of you

between the traces of you and me

surrounded in loneliness

which choices distinguish

between now and yesteryear

what if the minimal

the dance of commerce

blurring boundaries

the minimum to distinguish


bone chilling sadness

many is one again

wish you were here

time for a break again


my choices distinguish

searching look

dreams of the marooned (6:40)

in a current of circumstances

dreams of the marooned (5:45)


dreams of the marooned (6:30)


silent dialogue @ artCafe

Art Cafe f/2 Exhibition

floebee and mark valentine – silent dialogue

floebee and mark valentine in silent dialogue explore how a visual relationship can be enhanced when two separate, yet connected images are brought together in a series of paired compositions.


blue three – floebee :: ambigurizons – mark valentine

blue three


spilling over – mark valentine :: bodacious – floebee

spilling over bodacious


X – mark valentine :: coming together – floebee

coming together


(O)000o – floebee :: the last hour of light – mark valentine

the last hour of light


connection – floebee :: arching as an arc in desire – mark valentine

arching as an arc in desire


at that little place by the ocean – floebee :: hugging the side – mark valentine

at that little place by the ocean
hugging the side


lost soundwave – mark valentine :: claviature – floebee

lost soundwave


meanderings – floebee :: shadow dance – mark valentine

shadow dance


(mess)aging – floebee :: c’mon – mark valentine



stolen generations – floebee :: the migration of bodies – mark valentine

stolen generationsthe migration of bodies
Originally posted at 7:51PM, 5 December 2008 BST ( permalink )