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Mingling Memories

Mingling Memories, a site-specific installation, exploring the concept of ‘collective history’ as seen through the eyes of the participants of the Artivism project, Armley Mills, UK.

This multi-media installation brought together voice, identity and visual storytelling, to explore the concept of memory. The movie screened above a collection of 3D mask -like sculptures, created during supporting workshops. The movie is a visual narrative response, developed, over time, from a series of conversations with the participants during the creation of the 3D sculptures. This project uses personal memories and stories to capture the concept of a collective memory and attempts to illustrate what may lie beneath the public persona of each individual character in the story.

The installation – Mingling Memories – opened at Armley Mills, UK, 03 May 2010.

Commissioned by I Love West Leeds Festival and Greener Generations.

video and audio installation ~ armley mills
video installation © shari baker 2010
audio © mark sullivan 2010

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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.