Dr Julie Marsh

Dr Julie Marsh

Julie Marsh is an artist and researcher at the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) and is the Co-Director of the CREAM Doctoral Programme at the University of Westminster. Julie is a specialist in collaborative and knowledge-led approaches to field research and in 2017 she coined the term ‘site-integrity’ as part of her doctorate at London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London. Her practice is interdisciplinary, exploring the intersections between film, installation, performance and site-specificity. Through the exploration of real and representational space site-integrity investigates how technical machines can perform site, creating critical experiences for audiences that open debate and question social spaces. She has exhibited internationally, most recently as part of the Three British Mosques at Venice Architecture Biennale 2021.

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Julie’s research is engaged with collaborative and knowledge-led approaches to field research, from moving image to emergent technologies. In 2017 she coined the term 'site-integrity', a working methodology which presents ‘place’ as dualistically experienced and represented. Site-integrity re-presents recorded material back in the site it was filmed using motorised rigs, defining spatial position and context. This enables an exact transfer of scale and time as the pre-recorded image maps the architectural site “as a kind of matching of the world with its representations or, rather, a bringing of the two into critical conjunction” (Hamlyn, 2003).

In site-integrity place is apparatus, in each specific site the recording device operates in a distinctly different manner providing different techniques and outcomes. The motorised rig is used as a creature of autonomy, a source of possibility through which site materiality might be found and shared or a technological ability to go inside somewhere physically restricted. The artistic device allows for a clear articulation of the material, architectural, social, and institutional discourses present in the site since it constitutes an interface between them, a dynamic network or system of exchange.

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‘Site-integrity’ was featured in the Journal for Artistic Research, Issue 19 (2019). This exposition presents three specific projects; Assembly, Moving Site/Sight and Screen Space that are examples of artistic devices that contribute to site-integrity.

The research findings have been shared internationally at conferences and journals within the fields of performance, architecture, arts and religion such as the article Assembly: Performing the Materiality of Muslim Prayer Spaces in Scene 6 (2018) and British Mosques publication was produced as a collaboration between the V&A and CREAM. 

Julie's practice-based research has been exhibited internationally as part of the Three British Mosques exhibition, V&A Pavilion for La Biennale di Venezia 2021 and recent exhibitions include: Black Box Symposium, CAS (Centre for Audiovisual Studies) FAMU, Prague (2020), SCREEN Moving Image Festival, Barcelona (2019), The Biennial for Emerging Arts, Romania (2018) Lokomotywownia, The Starmach Gallery, Krakow (2018), Sputnik-Kino, Berlin Short Film Festival (2018), Moving Sites/Sights, Meetfactory, International Centre of Contemporary Art, Prague (2018).

In brief

Research areas

practice-based research, site-specific artwork , communities, cultural heritage , architectural sites and documentary

Skills / expertise

Practice-based researcher, Collaborative approaches to field research using emergent technologies and Exploring the political, material, and sensory natures of site

Supervision interests

documentary film, expanded film and installation , art and society, emerging media and art and technology