Marcus Lyall uses the iconography, techniques and materials of industrial-scale entertainment to create deliberately visceral and theatrical experiences. His works are often interactive audio-visual compositions, using moving image, light, sound and music.
Fascinated by experimental animation and expanded cinema, Lyall started creating film shows while studying at Central St Martins College of Art. He fell into the 90’s rave scene and found himself creating imagery for huge concert tours. This allowed him to study the effect of spectacle, mythic narrative and participation on audiences.
Moving to Australia in 2001, he directed commercials and began applying these techniques to his own art projects. His first video artwork ‘Slow Service’ became the poster image for a major Australian art survey. An Australian Film Commission grant led him to investigate the mechanics of crowd-sourcing and the psychology of persuasion.
Returning to the UK in 2007, he re-commenced a long term collaboration with The Chemical Brothers and Adam Smith, on a series of tours and films that has allowed him to work at epic scale. He also started creating a series of interactive public artworks, He now works on a mixture of artworks and visual direction for concerts, using each side to pollinate the other.
Lyall’s current approach involves designing interactions and games where the audience feel comfortable in giving over performances and information in return for the opportunity to amplify themselves through the artwork. This reflects his interest in our need to construct narratives about ourselves and how this need can be used to define and control.
Born in London, UK in 1971. Lives and works in London, UK.
Solo exhibitions and commissions:
2018: Megastructure: Bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank, UK
2018: On Your Wavelength (Canary Wharf): Canary Wharf Winter Lights Festival, London , UK
2017: On Your Wavelength(Canary Wharf): Canary Wharf Winter Lights Festival, London, UK
2017: Pulling Out All The Stops: The Victoria Hall, Leeds for Leeds Light Night Festival
2015: On Your Wavelength (Merge Festival): America St, London SE1 for Merge Festival
2013: House Of Pain: Borough High St for Merge Festival
2010: Pitch Control: Waterman’s Arts Centre, London
Group shows and screenings:
2010: Takeaway Festival : The Science Museum, London, UK
2010: Beck’s Futures : Castlefield Arena, Manchester, UK
2006: Experimenta Under The Radar: ICA, London
2006: Experimenta Under The Radar: FACT Gallery Liverpool, UK
2005: Futureplay: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and venues across Australia
2005: Resfest: Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Australia
2005: I Thought I Knew But I Was Wrong: New Video Art from Australia: Ssamzie Space, Seoul, Korea
2004: Gravity, Multimedia Arts Asia Pacific: Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2004: Thought I Knew But I Was Wrong: New Video Art from Australia: Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
2004: Seoul International Media Arts Biennale: Seoul Museum of Modern Art, Korea
2004: 2004: Australian Culture Now: Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Australia
2003-5: Experimenta’s House Of Tomorrow: Black Box, Melbourne and venues across Australia
Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Selected Music Commissions:
2018: The Chemical Brothers World Tour: Show Direction (with Adam Smith)
2017: Metallica ‘WorldWired ‘Arena Tour: Creative Direction for screen content.
2017: Metallica ‘WorldWired ‘Stadium Tour: Creative Direction for screen content
2015-16: The Chemical Brothers ‘Born In The Echoes’ Tour: Show Direction (with Adam Smith)
2013: Don’t Be Afraid of The Dark (with Deadmau5): Show Direction
2012: Metallica ‘Through The Never’ IMAX Feature Film: Creative Direction for screen content.
2012: Metallica ‘The Full Arsenal’ Arena Tour: Creative Direction for screen content.
2011: ‘Don’t Think: The Chemical Brothers Live at Fuji Rock’ Feature Film: Co-producer
2010-11: The Chemical Brothers ‘Don’t Think’ World Tour: Show Direction (with Adam Smith)
2010: ‘Further’ The Chemical Brothers Audio-visual album and live performances: Director (with Adam Smith)