Margie Medlin

Year of birth, place
1962, Northampton, United Kingdom
lives and works in
Sydney, Australia
Role at the ZKM
Guest Artist
Institute / Department
Institute for Visual Media
At the ZKM

    1999, 2000 - 2001, 2003/2004, 2006


For 20 years Margie Medlin’s art practice has combined visual art, with lighting and spatial design for both her own installations and dance performances produced in collaboration with choreographers. Since 2003 her art works has been exploring expanded cinema, through interactive systems design, focusing on software, hardware and engineering developments to interpolate data. She has received numerous design awards and residencies in Australia and Internationally.

1987-1988Film making and New Art studies in Sydney (BA Visual Arts 1988)
1989Studies in Lighting design at the Yale School of Drama, New Haven, Ct, USA
1991Scenography, Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, London
1992Advanced Computer Applications for Theatre Design, Central School of Speech and Drama, London
1999MA Interior design, Faculty of Environmental Design and Construction, Royal Institute of Technology, Melbourne
Teaching (selected)
2001Reel Dance Workshop, One Extra Dance with the Theatre, Film and Dance Department of the University of New South Wales [AUS]

Time_Place_Space 1 & 2, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW [AUS]

2004Residential International Choreography Laboratory Facets Bangalore [IND]
Grants and Awards (selected)
1997»Bessie Award for Lighting design« New York Dance and Performance Awards
1989/1992Grant from the Dance Board of the Australian Council
1998-1999Asialink Performing Arts Residency, Australia (Artist in Residence 1988 Seoul Arts Center The Republic of Korea and 1999 Malaysia)
1999-2001Artist in Residence at the ZKM⎢Institute for Visual Media Karlsruhe and Professional Development Grant New Media Arts Fund, The Australian Council for the Arts and Arts Victoria, Arts Victoria Comission, Australia
2000Reel Dance Award [AUS] for »In The Heart of the Eye« [Film]
2002John Truscott Foundation Award for Design [AUS]
2003Hangar, Centre de Producció d'Arts Visuals i Multimèdia, Barcelona [E]
2003/2004ZKM⎢Institute for Visual Media, Karlsruhe [D]
2004STEIM [Studio for ElectroInstrumental Music], Amsterdam [NL]
2005Science and Art Production Award, Wellcome Trust London [UK]
2006Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund [D]
 ZKM⎢Institute for Visual Media, Karlsruhe [D]
Exhibitions/Festivals/Performances (selected)
1996»Festival 96«, Adelaide
1997Artspace Sydney; Pica Perth Centre for Contemporary Art, Perth; The Asian Contemporary Dance Festival, New York City
1998Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne (group exhibition); »Pour une écologie des media«, Troisièmes Reconcontres Internationales Art cinéma/vidéo/ ordinateur, Paris
1999»Antistatic« Performance Space, Sydney
2000»Orbital«, The Lux Centre, London; Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (group exhibition)
2002/2003»Future Cinema. The Cinematic Imaginary after Film«, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe [D]
2003/2004»tanzmedial«, SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne [D]
2004»Future Cinema. The Cinematic Imaginary after Film«, KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki [FIN]
Works (selected):
»W.W.M.C.*.*«, 1994 (Film, 3 min, 16mm, b/w)
»Behaviour«, 1994 (Video, 12min, in collaboration with Shelly Lascia, Choreography/Dance)
»90% Yield Before Breakage«, 1996 (Film, 3 min, 16mm, b/w, in collaboration with Desoxy Theatre)
»Mobility in an Artificial City«, 1997 (Video installation)
»Choreography of Space«, 1998 (Film/Video installation part of the project »Elasticity and Volume«, Films/installations in collaboration with Ben Anderson, Stephen Bram, Jacqueline Everritt)
»Time Line Democracy / Development Time Lapse«, 1999 (work in progress)
»Estate«, 2000 (Video installation)
»In Absentia«, 2001 [3min, 16mm], produced by Margie Medlin and Dance Works
»A Double Face«, 2001, choreography: John Jaspers, Lyon Opera House [F]
»The Light Room«, 2002, concept, direction and choreography: Hellen Sky
»SWIFT«, 2003, choreography and performance: Ros Warby
»Sandakan Trenody«, 2004, directed by Ong Keng Sen, TheatreWorks, Singapore
»The View From Here«, 2005, Dance Works, Sophiensäle, Berlin [D]
»Swift«, 2006 [15min, 16mm/video], produced by Margie Medlin, Ros Warby & ABC TV
Works in connection with the ZKM:
»In the Heart of the Eye«, 2000 (Video, 10.40 min)
»Miss World«, 2002 [three channel computergraphics and video installation]
»Quartet«, 2003- [interactive dance performance]