Record executive and visual artist Marc Marot has forged a creative partnership with painter Scarlett Raven. Their innovative augmented reality artworks have been applauded for their haunting portrayal of World War One.

History and Background

After nine years in Germany and three years in Yemen, Marc’s family settled in the UK.

He left art college in 1978 and at the age of 19 joined a band named The Pool of Sound. Supplementing his income by working as a landscape gardener, Marc was forced to give up touring after he developed the debilitating patristic disease toxoplasmosis.

Whilst working as a counter assistant at Our Price Records, he interned at the independent music publisher Eaton Music. The owner spotted his talent and offered him a job, which resulted in Marc being headhunted by Island Records and subsequently becoming MD in 1989. Bands signed by his team include: Pulp, PJ Harvey, Stero MCs and Nine Inch Nails.

In 1991, Marc became the subject of controversy after successfully fighting for free speech when the company was charged under section 2 of the UK’s Obscene Publication Act for wilfully releasing ‘efil4zaggin’ by gangster rap band NWA.

After leaving Island in 2000, Marc formed a management company and worked as a music supervisor on films including Notting Hill and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Ideas and Inspirations

In 2014, artist Scarlett Raven approached Marc to be her manager. Inspired by the potential of technology after watching a presentation of the augmented reality programme Blippar, he suggested using it for her paintings and the pair formed a creative partnership.

With Scarlett creating the artworks and Marc orchestrating the digital animation, the duo conceived The Danger Tree. The installation commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Somme and sees Scarlett’s poignant paintings slowly stripped away to reveal the creative journey beneath.

Using the Blippar app, spectators can unlock Scarlett’s work to view the war through the eyes of celebrated war poets such as Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.