Mark Lyken (1973) is an artist and filmmaker based in Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, South West Scotland.

He creates film, sound works, performances and installations that explore identity, place and the interplay between nature, industry and culture.

This has led to collaborations with artists, communities and academics, most notably from the University of Aberdeen’s School of Biological Sciences.

His work has been presented in Brazil, Taiwan, South Korea, Mexico, India, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Italy and widely across the UK.  

Mark runs audio and visual label Soft Error & digital companion label Bit Rot.

His films are distributed by The Film-Makers’ Cooperative, New York.


New Town New Wave - HD | Colour | 2 Channel | 20min | 16:9 | Stereo | Korean | English Subtitles | South Korea, Scotland | 2018

Táifēng and the Motorway Saint - HD | Colour | 62min | 16:9 | Stereo | Mandarin | English Subtitles | Taiwan, Scotland | 2018

Hell Valley  - HD | Colour | 08min 30s | 16:9 | Stereo | No Dialogue | Taiwan, Scotland | 2017

HAME - HD | Colour | 30min | 16:9 | Stereo | No Dialogue | Scotland | 2015

boneshaker - HD | Colour | 2 Channel | 16min 5s | 16:9 | Stereo | English | Scotland | 2015

The Terrestrial Sea - HD | Colour | 2 Channel | 46min 40s | 16:9 | Stereo or 5.1 Surround | English | Scotland | 2015

Mirror Lands - HD | Colour | 67min 42s | 16:9 | Stereo | English | Scotland | 2014

Scar History - SD | B&W | 05min | 4:3 | Stereo | No Dialogue | Scotland | 2012



How to spot a lizard in the landscape - 4K | Colour | 16:9 | Stereo | Scotland



2017 Artist in Residence, Old KBS (Korean Broadcast Systems) Studios, Namwon, South Korea

2016 Artist in Residence, Taipei Artist Village, Taipei, Taiwan

2016 Artist in Residence, CMMAS, Mexican Centre for Music and Sonic Arts, Morelia, Mexico

2016 Cryptic Residency, Cove Park, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

2014 Artist in Residence, The Stove Network, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

2013 Artist in Residence, The Lighthouse Field Station, Cromarty, Scotland

2012 Artist in Residence, Recoat Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

2012 Sublime Artist Residency, IOTA and The University of Aberdeen, The Lighthouse Field Station, Cromarty, Scotland



2018 New Town New Wave, Solo Exhibition, CAMPLE LINE, Dumfriesshire, Scotland

2018 Táifēng & the Motorway Saint, CAMPLE LINE, Dumfriesshire, Scotland

2017 boneshaker (Screening), ASFF, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, England

2017 Táifēng & the Motorway Saint (Screening), Namwon, South Korea

2017 Antenna Yagi's Fracture Radio (Exhibition). Suttie Arts Space, Aberdeen, Scotland

2017 Táifēng & the Motorway Saint (WIP Installation), Sonica, The Whisky Bond, Glasgow, Scotland

2017 The People's Computer (Installation), TWRE, Recoat 10th Anniversary Show, The Lighthouse, Glasgow, Scotland

2017 Mirror Lands (Screening), International Symposium of Sound and Music in Film, The University of Huddersfield, England

2016 The Terrestrial Sea (Installation), Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Borders, Scotland

2016 Mirror Lands (Screening), Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland

2016 Mirror Lands (Screening), Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales

2015 Mirror Lands (Screening), Sonica, Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland

2015 HAME (Installation), The Stove Network, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland

2015 The Terrestrial Sea (Screening), Voices from the Water International Film Festival, Bangalore, India

2015 The Terrestrial Sea (Installation), EAFS Environmental Arts Festival, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

2015 Mirror Lands (Screening), Random Film Festival, Gdynia, Poland

2014 The Terrestrial Sea - Version II (Installation), Premiere, Multiplicidade Audio Visual Festival, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

2014 Mirror Lands (Installation), Premiere, "Cryptic Nights", Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, Scotland

2014 Mirror Lands (Installation), Inverness Museum & Gallery, Inverness, Scotland

2014 Mirror Lands (Screening), IFFEST, Bucharest, Romania

2014 Mirror Lands (Screening), UMEA European Film Festival, Gothenburg, Sweden

2014 Mirror Lands (Screening), Voices from the Water International Film Festival, Bangalore, India

2014 Mirror Lands (Screening), The Village Festival of Sustainability, Milan, Italy

2012 The Terrestrial Sea - Version I (Installation), Sublime Residency, Cromarty Lighthouse, Cromarty, Scotland


2016 Beyond Borders Award, PRS for Music Foundation

2014 Open Project Funding, Creative Scotland

2014 Award for Creativity, IFFEST Film Festival, Bucharest, Romania

2013 Imagining Natural Scotland (with Emma Dove), Creative Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and the University of St Andrews


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Mark Lyken’s New Town New Wave, Tina Fiske

Herald Scotland: Critic’s Choice, New Town New Wave

Mirror Lands, Cathy Lane

The Wire: “Reality Mirrors”, feature

Three short extracts from ‘Táifēng and the Motorway Saint’


Táifēng and the Motorway Saint reveals chance-led interactions with people and places across three Taiwanese cities - Taipei, Kaohsiung and Tainan.

Amidst the perpetual flow of city life, stationary long-take shots allow everyday micro-narratives to play out, offering time to discover and contemplate the layers of detail within each scene. Local voices, recorded whilst directly viewing Lyken’s footage, provide a spontaneous, voice-over commentary.

The work seeks out and dwells upon often unregarded details of place, layering observational footage, local voices, musical improvisation, and field recordings to build a visually rich meditation on texture – both random and ordered – of contemporary Taiwanese life.


MArk Lyken’s ‘Táifēng and the Motorway saint’

Philippa Lovatt, university of St Andrews (2018)