Design should be a great, unexpected and considered expereince.

Newman and Battle's video was premiered and showcased at the Harvard Art Museum's Lightbox Gallery on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, followed by a lecture and reflection from the artists.

Gallery graphics and marketing pieces were designed and produced, as well as a poster exhibition for the premier at Harvard Art Museum.

Poster Installation

Inspired by the notion of the collection itself being curated, I curated 500 unique images from frames of a three-minute 4k video shot during the making of this short film. These 500 frames became an edition of 500 unique posters for the exhibition. The audience was invited to quietly take a poster from the top of the pile while the rest remain.

The title and edition #/500 lives quietly on the lower right corner of each poster. The posters were presented as a stack and visitors were asked to only remove the poster from the top of the stack.


Your Story Has Touched My Heart
was a video installation at the Lighbox Gallery at the Harvard Art Museum during May of 2016 by Sarah Newman & Matthew Battles of metaLAB (at) Harvard that explored the Harvard Art Museums’ remarkable American Professional Photographers Collection. The objects in this collection—nearly 20,000, consisting of negatives and prints—were carefully selected by sociologist and pioneering photo-historian Barbara Norfleet who collected them from small hometown photography studios across the US.

Your Story Has Touched My Heart combines these photographs with new video footage, sound, and fragments of text from the collection’s captions, that put the work in dialogue with memory, individuality, ephemerality, and the meaning of visual abundance as these images find their way in the digital realm.


Studio Skiffle, shorthandedly referenced here as §, is the playful and improvisational award-winning design and art practice of M. Marshall. Marshall has passion for color, smells, culture, the real, the surreal, the known and the unknown. The work of § reflects the curious and processual methods embraced while exploring and improvising with both digital and analogue technologies.   
What’s a Skiffle?

The name of § was influenced by the music genre, Skiffle. Familiar to few, Skiffle music is often played using improvised spirit and music instruments alike. When happening upon the word and musical world of Skiffle, Marshall felt a great kinship between the essence of Skiffle and her own design processes which often involve improvising, playing and exploring different mediums and techniques.