In the lead up to the launch of SAW Video Media Art Centre’s new exhibition venue, Knot project space, a series of short videos by three Ottawa artists was commissioned to play on various public screens throughout the city. The artists each took the venue’s name as a point of departure, to reflect upon notions of entanglement, intersection, tension and compression that the formation of a knot brings to mind. The second of the commissions is by Lesley Marshall, who produced two advertisements to play on screens at the OttawaU Campus. Her two 30-second videos may be seen in ad-space at Montpetit, the Campus Bookstore, Minto, and 90 University. The advertisements can be seen through January 28th, 2018.

Lesley Marshall’s The Knot are short conceptual performance videos where friends were asked to brush, comb or touch their hair like in a hair advertisement. A very simple act and yet a very charged act depending on the perspective and experience. Contemplating daily routines and providing little context, the interpretation is left to the viewer and how they feel about what can appear to be a banal activity or symbolic act.

Lesley Marshall is an intermedia artist currently working as a producer and consultant for independent audio visual projects and promotional media through MAVNetwork in Ottawa. An award-winning filmmaker and graduate of the University of Ottawa with a major in communication with specialization in media, Lesley has worked as an independent curator (Available Light Screening Collective, Arboretum Festival); promoter, booker, filmmaker, musician, and performance artist under the name LesleyDemon and Lesley 666; instructor and committee member of SAW Video Media Art Centre, Lesley also screams in the band Bonnie Doon. Music videos made by Lesley have been featured on Vice, Exclaim!, Brooklyn Vegan, Aux, Rookie Mag, Stereogum, Clash Mag and UPROXX etc. In 2016, Lesley completed a residency at Artscape Jibralter Point to complete her first 16mm film commission with the Windows Collective “Getting Ready Montage 1 and in 2017 Lesley was awarded a mentorship grant with the City of Ottawa to study large format intermedia work in Montreal. 

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