Mara Marxt Lewis & Tyler Lewis

COLLABORATIVE BIOGRAPHY

Husband-and-wife duo Mara Marxt Lewis and Tyler Lewis began collaborating in 2013 at the Banff Centre, Canada. There they completed two installations together that involved sound, sculptural objects, interactive elements and audience participation. These immersive multimedia artworks have continued to be the main focus of their collaborative practice as their working relationship strengthens and evolves with each piece.

In their practice they focus on the complex relationship between humankind and nature, believing that how we engage with our natural environment is at times harmonious and other times oblivious. They present both of these perspectives in installation artworks using found objects, photography and sound-compositions to place elements of the natural world in dialogue with those of modern humanity.

They participated in artist in residence programs in Germany (Pilotenkueche), Banff (The Banff Centre), Paonia (Elsewhere Studios) and even organized their own residence program in Seattle area (With the Berries). Many of their residencies and exhibitions have been accompanied by workshops and/or artist talks. Their work has been shown in venues in Canada, the United States and Germany.

Their artwork has been commissioned by Nuit Blanche Calgary in Canada, and the public art department of Klagenfurt, Austria. They currently live and work in Glasgow, Scotland & Graz, Austria.

Mara Marxt Lewis

Installation, conceptual and performance art
born 1980, Schladming, Austria. lives/works in Glasgow & Graz | mara@marxt.com
EDUCATION

2008-2010

Master studies in education/curatorial studies/management, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria.

2009

Scholarship for the certified program “Exhibit Design and Management”, Danube University Krems, Austria.

2008

B.A. in Information Design, University of Applied Sciences FH Joanneum Graz, Austria.

2004

Diploma in Photography & A/V Media, “die graphische” College Leyserstrasse, Vienna, Austria.

2001

Technical Vocational College Ortweingasse, Department: Stage Design, Graz, Austria.

RESIDENCIES

2018

Artist in Residence (with Tyler Lewis): Centro Negra. Blanca, Spain.

2017

Artist in Residence (with Tyler Lewis): Common Ground. Braemar, Scotland.

2016

Artist in Residence (with Tyler Lewis): Pilotenkueche, Leipzig, Germany.

2015

Artist in Residence: Ravenlady, Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada.

2015

Organized & directed Artist Residency (with Tyler Lewis): With the Berries. Olalla, WA, United States.

2015

Artist in Residence (with Tyler Lewis): Elsewhere Studios. Paonia, CO, United States.

2013

Thematic Residence: 27 Our Literal Speed: Stuff Near Art That Is Not Art, Which Is Treated As If It Were Art, Is Now The Substance of Most Serious Art, Banff Artist in Residence, The Banff Centre, Canada.

2011

Artist in Residence: Creating situations. Curatorial practice as an artistic practice, Centrum, Port Townsend, WA, United States.

2011

Banff Independent Artist in Residence: The Banff Centre, Canada.

2010/11

Curator in Residence: Public Art in Montreal, Self-directed Residency.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS

2018

Mountains Underwater: Scarp (with Tyler Lewis). Tent Gallery, Edinburgh.

2018

Public art installation, Lendhafen, Klagenfurt, Austria.

2017

Tilting at Windmills (with Tyler Lewis). Sound Thought 2017, Glasgow.

2017

Crystal Interface (with Tyler Lewis). The Engine Room, Morley Gallery, London.

2016

Terra Nova [Neuland] series (with Tyler Lewis). Off-Space Demmeringerstrasse 34, Leipzig. Germany.

2016

Crystal Interface (with Tyler Lewis). Sound art installation, matrabox (Concordia University), Montreal, Canada.

2016

Crystal Interface (with Tyler Lewis). Sound art installation, Espace Cercle Carré, Montreal, Canada.

2015

Nature’s Velcro (with Tyler Lewis). Warehouse 116, Paonia, CO, United States.

2014

Sum Total (with Tyler Lewis), Nuit Blanche, Calgary, Canada. Curated by Wayne Baerwaldt.

2013

Unbound Vol lll, Artistree, Woodstock, VT, United States.

2013

Deep Storage Banff, room 321, downtown Banff, Canada.

2013

Collected Tones (with Tyler Lewis). Installation, Philosopher’s Knoll, The Banff Centre, Canada.

2011

White Loop (with Eva Schindling). Nuit Blanche in Parkdale, Toronto, Canada. Curated by R. Stuart Keeler.

2011

R.I.P. — Recycling Pervasive Media, Intervening in Planned Obsolescence, and Practicing Technological Sustainability. Art Spotting, The Banff Centre, Canada.

2010

The Opening, Magazin Society for development of the arts, Vienna, Austria.

2009

Der Traum einer Sache – Social Design zwischen Utopie und Alltag, Expositur, Vienna, Austria.

2009

Deadline today! – 99 stories, Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna, Austria.

2009

Ausstallung – Bernd Pueribauer, WUK, Vienna, Austria.

2008

Für den Fall, Museumsquartier, Vienna; Joanneum, Graz, Austria.

SYMPOSIA / WORKSHOPS

2017

Artist talk (with Tyler Lewis), Deveron Projects, Huntly, Scotland.

2016

Artist talk & workshop (with Tyler Lewis). Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei & Pilotenkueche. Leipzig, Germany.

2015

Artist talk (with Tyler Lewis). Elsewhere Studios, Paonia, CO, United States.

2015

Artist talk & presentation (with Tyler Lewis). Mitchell Squire’s Vault, Des Moines, IA, United States.

2014

Artist talk, matralab, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

2014

Sum Total workshop (with Tyler Lewis). Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Canada.

2014

Artist Talk (with Tyler Lewis), Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Canada.

2011

R.I.P. — Recycling Pervasive Media, Intervening in Planned Obsolescence, and
Practicing Technological Sustainability Workshop, The Banff Centre, Canada.

2010

Alphabet City Workshop: Magazin Society for development of the arts, Vienna, Austria.

2009

European architecture competition landscape symposium, Architekturzentrum Wien, Austria.

PUBLICATIONS

2009

Catalogue: Der Traum einer Sache – Social Design zwischen Utopie und Alltag

GRANTS/AWARDS

2016

Production Grant, Province of Styria, Division 9: Culture, Europe and Foreign Relations, Austria.

2015

Production Grant, Province of Styria, Division 9: Culture, Europe and Foreign Relations, Austria.

2014

Research Grant, Province of Styria, Division 9: Culture, Europe and Foreign Relations, Austria.

2014

Visual Art Research & Production Grant, Austrian Federal Chancellery, Division II: Arts, Austria.

2013

Travel & Visual Art Production Grant, Austrian Federal Chancellery, Division II: Arts, Austria.

2013

Financial Award, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.

2011

Visual Art Research & Production Grant, Austrian Federal Chancellery, Division II: Arts, Austria.

2010

Curatorial Research Grant, Austrian Federal Chancellery, Division II: Arts, Austria.

Tyler Lewis

Sound art, music
born 1983, Tacoma, United States. lives/works in Glasgow & Graz | tylerallenlewis@gmail.com
EDUCATION & TRAINING

2016-

PhD candidate music composition: Courteous Anthrophony, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

2015-16

Piano study taught by Anna Szpilberg. Concordia University. Montreal, Canada.

2016

BFA Electroacoustic studies, Concordia University. Montreal, Canada.

1999-­2001

Classical & contemporary vocal training taught by John Foreman. Seattle, WA, United States.

1996-­1998

Olympic Boys Choir directed by Ken Pendergrass. Seattle, WA, United States.

1990-­1998

Piano & music theory taught by Marcia Foreman. Seattle, WA, United States.

SOUND DESIGN & MUSIC COMPOSITION


2015-17

Victoria (with Lukas Marxt). Multichannel audio-visual work, Mojave Desert, CA, United States. (Current)

2016

Fishing Isn’t Done On Tuesdays (with Lukas Marxt and Marcel Odenbach). Sound design and mixing, Cologne, Germany.

2016

Circular Inscription (with Lukas Marxt). Audio/video collaboration, 8 Quadrat Gallery, Cologne, Germany.

2016

Die Geister die ich rief. String quartet composition. Montreal, Canada.

2015

Jelsa Melodica. Composition. 60×60 Festival. Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

2014

Echolocation. Composition. Art Matters Festival. Concordia University Montreal, Canada.

2014

ClockRepair. Composition. 60×60 Festival.Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

2014

Bo Le. Theater production, sound design assistance. Montreal, Canada.

2013

Composition in a series of promotional videos for Deep Interface (Austrian software company). Graz, Austria.

2013

Tinted Tones of the Wilderness. Music Album. Banff, Canada.


2012

Original soundtrack for documentary vignette featuring visual artist Derek Nobbs. Seattle, WA, United States. Directed by Joonior Studios.

2011

Commercial music for an online Microsoft HTML5 commercial. Seattle, WA, United States. Directed by Steven Schultz.

2010

Precipitate. Modern waltz. Bellingham, WA, United States. Commissioned by dance for joy (dance school)

PERFORMANCE / EXHIBITIONS

2018

Mountains Underwater: Scarp (with Mara Marxt Lewis). Tent Gallery, Edinburgh.

2018

Public art installation (with Mara Marxt Lewis), Lendhafen, Klagenfurt, Austria.

2017

Land of Kings. Sound Thought 2017, Glasgow.

2017

Tilting at Windmills (with Mara Marxt Lewis). Sound Thought 2017, Glasgow.

2017

Crystal Interface (with Mara Marxt Lewis). The Engine Room, Morley Gallery, London.

2016

Spring Whine. Performance of electroacoustic composition, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

2016

Terra Nova [Neuland] series (with Mara Marxt Lewis). Off-Space Demmeringerstrasse 34, Leipzig. Germany.

2016

Crystal Interface (with Mara Marxt Lewis). Sound art installation, matrabox (Concordia University), Montreal, Canada.

2016

Crystal Interface (with Mara Marxt Lewis). Sound art installation, Espace Cercle Carré, Montreal, Canada.

2016

Concert Series. Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk), Concordia University- Montreal, Canada.

2016

Die Geister die ich rief. Composition end-of-year concert directed by Dr. Georges Dimitrov, D.B. Clarke Theater, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

2015

LTM21 (Learning and Teaching Music) Symposium Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk), McGill University- Montreal, Canada.

2015

BRAMS research conference. Improvised electronics with Thomas Christie. McGill University- Montreal, Canada.

2015

The waiting room. Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk), Concordia University- Montreal, Canada.

2014

Sum Total (with Mara Marxt Lewis). Performance/sound/art installation, Nuit Blanche, Calgary, Canada. Curated by Wayne Baerwaldt.

2013

Deep Storage Banff. Art installation. Collaboration with Mara Marxt Lewis. Room 321 exhibition space, Banff, Canada.

2013

Collected Tones (with Mara Marxt Lewis). Art installation, The Banff Centre, Canada.

2012

Loois. Concert tour. Vienna, Austria.

2012

Mr & Mrs Muffins. Guest musician (piano, percussion, guitar, vocals). Seattle, WA, United States.

2010/11

Dawn Solaris. Live electronics performances. Seattle, WA, United States.

2008

Loois. Live performance. Seattle, WA, United States.


2007­-10

Alligators. West coast tour. United States.

2003-05

Franklin. Various arts festivals. WA, United States.

2001-05

Time to fly. Original indie rock band. Two national tours. United States.

RECORDINGS

2013

Tinted Tones of the Wilderness, Loois. Original Music Album. Banff, Canada.

2011

The Raindrop Dance and Other Songs About Love, Mr. and Mrs. Muffins. Original Music Album. Produced by Honey Muffin Records. Seattle, WA, United States.

2008

Piggy & Cups, Alligators. Original Music Album. Produced by Applehouse Records. Bremerton, WA, United States.

ARTIST TALKS & WORKSHOPS & PRESENTATIONS

2017

PhD conference presentation. University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

2017

Artist talk (with Mara Marxt Lewis). Deveron Projects, Huntly, Scotland.

2017

Presentation of research. Sonic Arts Forum, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

2017

Fishing Isn’t Done On Tuesdays. Berlinale Film Festival, Berlin, Germany.

2016

Circular Inscription. Viennale Film Festival, Vienna, Austria.

2016

Artist talk (with Mara Marxt Lewis). Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei & Pilotenkueche. Leipzig. Germany.

2015

Artist talk (with Mara Marxt Lewis). Elsewhere Studios. Paonia, CO, United States.

2015

Artist talk & presentation (with Mara Marxt Lewis). Mitchell Squire’s Vault, Des Moines, IA, United States.

2015

Monaco Electroacoustique festival. Presentation of original compositions. L’Académie Rainier III, Monte Carlo, Monaco.

2014

Sum Total workshop (with Mara Marxt Lewis). Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Canada.

2014

Artist Talk (with Mara Marxt Lewis). Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Canada.

2014

Playhouse. Original composition. Presented by Professor Kevin Austin. Bennington College concert, VT, United States.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

2018

Artist in Residence: Centro Negra (with Mara Marxt Lewis). Blanca, Spain.

2017

Artist in Residence: Common Ground (with Mara Marxt Lewis). Braemar, Scotland.

2016

Artist in Residence: Pilotenkueche (with Mara Marxt Lewis). Leipzig, Germany.

2015

Organized and directed Artist Residency (with Mara Marxt Lewis): With the Berries. Olalla, WA, United States.

2015

Artist in residence. Elsewhere Studios. Paonia, CO, United States.

2013

Winter Creative Music residency. The Banff Centre, Canada.

GRANTS/AWARDS


2016

2015 Graduating Class Bursary. Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

2015

International Student bursary. Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

2015

Travel Grant (for Monaco Electroacoustique festival). Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

2015

Hugh Le Caine Scholarship. Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

2014

International Student Bursary. Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

2013

International Student Bursary. Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

2013

Private Donor Award. The Banff Centre, Canada.

ARCHIVES

Sonus.ca (online listening library of electroacoustic works), Canada.