Mark Lyken is a musician and filmmaker creating audiovisual installations.
He creates observational film, musical and sound works, performances and installations that explore relationships to place and the interplay between nature and culture. This has led to collaborations with artists and scientists, most notably from the University of Aberdeen’s School of Biological Sciences.
Lyken’s film Mirror Lands, co-directed with Emma Dove, won the Award for Creativity at IFFEST Documentary Art Festival 2014, Bucharest. Lyken was a Cryptic Artist from 2014-18 and his work has been presented in Brazil, India, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Taiwan and widely across the UK.
Cryptic Commissions include:
Táifēng and the Motorway Saint
Randomness and order collide in this installation, with the first of two films, playing simultaneously, documenting the overlooked areas and unheard voices of three Taiwanese cities. On the second screen, a more benign, equally mysterious natural process is shown in close detail: the bubbling and steaming of a jade-green geothermal spring, full of the potential to erupt at any moment.
Lyken interprets the forefather of Electronic Art, Ben F. Laposky’s pioneering Oscillon Electronic Abstractions. Working in collaboration with Sanford Museum, Iowa, this unique work for concert performance merges Lyken’s sonic responses and visualisations with Laposky’s original 1950’s Oscillon artworks.
The Terrestrial Sea
Mark Lyken worked alongside ecologists at Aberdeen University’s Lighthouse Field Station in Cromarty between 2012 and 2014. The Terrestrial Sea is the culmination of that work, highlighting the diverse and ever-changing environments of the Cromarty Firth that the ecologists are studying through music and film.