Mark is a fascinating sound artist with an artistic sensitivity uniquely attuned to archival and found recordings. In conversation with Adriana, Mark generously unfolded the journey of his practice, meandering through his visual arts background, art school training, pirate broadcasts, hospital artist residencies, the value of giving new lifes to lost voices, how music recordings sometimes end up in the most unexpected contexts and much more.
Mark Vernon is a Glasgow based artist who explores concepts of audio archaeology, magnetic memory and nostalgia through his sound works. At the core of his practice lies a fascination with the intimacy of the radio voice, environmental sound, obsolete media and the re-appropriation of found sounds. A rich collection of domestic tape recordings; audio letters, dictated notes, answer-phone messages and other lost voices often find their way into his unorthodox soundworlds. These diverse elements are distilled into radiophonic compositions for broadcast, fixed media, installations and live performances.
A keen advocate of radio as an art form, he co-runs and curates Glasgow’s art radio station, Radiophrenia. He is an award winning radio producer who has produced programmes internationally for stations including Resonance FM, VPRO, Sound Art Radio, Radio Revolten, Deutschland Radio Kultur, Radio Cona, Kunstradio, Wavefarm, Radio Art Zone, RADIA and the BBC.
His solo music projects have been published through labels including Kye, Glistening Examples, Canti Magnetici, Flaming Pines, Misanthropic Agenda, Entr’acte, Gagarin, Calling Cards Publishing, Psyché Tropes, Granny, Persistence of Sound, 3Leaves and his own meagre resource imprint.
He performs regularly at venues and galleries in the UK, Europe and beyond including festival appearances at Full of Noises, Hideous Porta, Apologies in Advance, Delaware Road, Tectonics, Counterflows, Supernormal (UK), Radio Revolten (Germany), LUFF, SONOHR (Switzerland), Untape Me (Austria) Sonikas (Spain), Longueur d’ondes (France) and Soundtiago (Chile).
Hassle Hound, Limelight Cordial, Lucky Bugs Win Prizes – https://staubgold.bandcamp.com/track/lucky-bugs-win-prizes
Run by Mark
Sura Medura – Shri Lanka residency place: http://suramedura.com/residencies/
PRIM Montreal: https://primcentre.org/en/our-program
Pieces that have made an impact or that have influenced Mark
Negativland – Over the Edge / dense audio collages
Gavin Bryars – Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet
Graham Lambkin – listening to listening
Luc Ferrari – anecdotal sound
Janek Schaefer – recorded delivery – conceptual sound work / audio voyeurism
Pure field recording – Chris Watson / Toshiya Tsunoda
A Loop Within a Loop (Glasgow Underground)