Jillian McDonald
Since the beginning
Works in United States of America

Jillian Mcdonald is a Canadian performance and media artist, transplanted in Brooklyn. Her work has been shown most recently at Moti Hasson Galery in New York, La Sala Naranja in Valencia, Spain, ArtMoving Projects and Vertex List in Brooklyn, Paved New Media in Saskatoon, Video Pool in Winnipeg, and 1708 Gallery in Virginia.

Mcdonald teaches Digital Art at Pace University in NYC and is co-director of Pace Digital Gallery. http://www.pace.edu/digitalgallery

Website: http://www.jillianmcdonald.net
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David Clark and Michelle Gay, Nov 13 at Pace Digital Gallery

Thu Nov 13, 2008 00:00 - Thu Nov 06, 2008

Pace Digital Gallery presents Canadian new media artists David Clark and Michelle Gay.
Thursday November 13th, 2008; work on view through Dec 4th.
David Clark lecture, 6pm; reception for the artists, 7pm.
163 William Street, Rm 313; Pace University, New York City.

info + maps + images: http://pace.edu/digitalgallery
Free and open to the public - please join us!

David Clark is a media artist who lives and works in Halifax, Canada. He is best known for his website A is for Apple that has been shown at over 50 film festivals around the world including Sundance, Transmediale in Berlin and the American Museum of the Moving Image. A is for Apple won Best in Show at the 2003 SXSW Interactive Festival in Austen, Texas and First Prize at FILE2002 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has also made a feature film, numerous shorter videos and installation works. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Program in New York, and the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto. He currently teaches film and media arts at NSCAD University in Halifax.

88 Constellations for Wittgenstein (to be played with the Left Hand) is an interactive, non-linear net.art piece that explores the life and philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein through a series of animated vignettes. Each of the 88 sections corresponds to one of the 88 constellations in the night sky. This work considers the questions that Ludwig Wittgenstein pondered in his eventful lifetime - logic, language, the nature of thinking, the limits of knowledge - all in relation to our contemporary digital world with it's symmetries, asymmetries, and doubles.


In Michelle Gay's work, drawing and photography are blended into low-tech animations combined with sophisticated software engines and interfaces which complicate these digital and real spaces. She employs drawing in her digital works to play the precision of the algorithm against the hand-drawn and inexact ink and graphite on paper. Concepts such as gender and its relation to technologies, the blending of synthetic and real experiences, and the possibilities of deriving meaning from non-linear narratives are grist in the mill of her studio practice. The Poemitron artware functions something like a dialogue with the computer. Employing a custom built natural language processor engine (including its mistakes), it creates texts that begin with a selected passage and morph into something entirely different.

Michelle Gay studied art and art history at the University of Toronto and then received her MFA from NSCAD in Halifax. She integrates a range of media, investigating the junctures between bodies and technologies. She builds computers to make and operate her interactive artworks. She collaborates with Colin Gay (a particle physicist). Interested in the possibilities of touch and poetics within new media projects, they develop artworks designed to play with technologies in non-useful ways. She is represented in Toronto by the Birch Libralato Gallery.


Pace Digital Gallery lecture series: Brooke Singer and Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga

Thu Oct 16, 2008 00:00 - Fri Oct 10, 2008

United States of America

Pace Digital Gallery is pleased to host informal evening lectures with new media artists Brooke Singer and Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga, followed by a reception for the artists, whose web-based artworks are on view through November 6.

Thursday Oct 16, 6:00pm (lecture); 7:30pm (reception). Room 313, 163 William Street (between Beekman and Ann Streets), New York.
This event is free and open to the public, please join us!

inquiries: jmcdonald2 [at] pace.edu | visit website for more info/map/directions

:: Brooke Singer likes to work with emerging technologies not only because they are fun but also because they are malleable. She is cofounder of the art, technology and activist group, Preemptive Media, and currently Assistant Professor of New Media at Purchase College, State University of New York. She exhibits and lectures internationally, including at The Andy Warhol Museum; The Whitney Museum of American Art; and La Biennale de Montréal. With her collective Preemptive Media, Brooke was awarded the first Social Sculpture Commission by Eyebeam Art and Technology Center and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2005. She has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), and Franklin Furnace.

Brooke Singer's work explores and blurs the borders between science, technology, politics and arts practice. The form may include a web site, video, installation, performance, toolkit, workshop, lecture or combination of these elements. Her projects generally attempt to make the invisible visible (pollution, surveillance, databases) and turn dusty data into dynamic experiences. She views collaboration as a type of microcosm (or beta-testing) for the larger dialogue she hopes her work provokes.

:: Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga is an artist based in Brooklyn and an Associate Professor of Art at The College of New Jersey. He had recent exhibitions at Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City; The National Center for Contemporary Art in St. Petersburg, Russia; Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria; and The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. Currently he is a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and a Tides Foundation Lambent Fellow.

VOTEMOS.US questions how the 2008 United States Presidential Election would differ if all residents of the United States could vote. Currently only citizens registered to vote may participate in the election for the next President. However within the borders of the United States reside nearly 40 million non-citizen residents, permanent residents, most legal, some undocumented, but all are active members of the U.S. economy and society. The artist feels that the majority of these residents would eagerly vote if given the opportunity. VOTEMOS.US presents an online Spanish language portal to the US presidential elections that allows users to register, vote and give their opinion on the US elections.


lecture and reception Sept 18 - Mark Napier and Kelly Richardson

Thu Sep 18, 2008 00:00 - Sat Sep 13, 2008

Pace Digital Gallery is pleased to host an evening lecture with new media artist - Mark Napier, followed by a reception for Mark Napier and Kelly Richardson, whose work is on view through Oct 8.

Thursday Sept 18, 6:00pm. Room 313, 163 William Street (between Beekman and Ann Streets), New York.
This event is free and open to the public, please join us!

inquiries: jmcdonald2 at pace.edu | visit website for more info/map/directions

:: Mark Napier explores the excitement and anxiety of this moment in history, as we transition from a world of physical objects to a world dominated by electricity, magnetism and light: the raw materials of digital media. In the Cyclops Series he created a "soft" Empire State Building: a 3D model of the famous skyscraper that appears to soften and melt, writhing almost organically, then struggle to return to it's original form. Inspired by Cubism -- a form that arose during another period of rapid transition -- these artworks combine aspects of painting, sculpture, photography and animation, bringing these forms together to represent an object that is immaterial, ephemeral, almost cloud-like, yet completely durable and real in it's own right.

:: Kelly Richardson's video installations adopt the use of cinematic language to investigate notions of constructed environments and the blurring of the real versus the unreal. She creates contemplative spaces which offer visual metaphors for the sensations associated with the hugely complicated world we have created for ourselves, magnificent and equally dreadful. In Exiles of the Shattered Star, Richardson presents a beautiful countryside showered with what appear to be remnants of another place. Inhabiting a place between fantasy and reality, Exiles of the Shattered Star evokes trepidation and fascination in equal measures.


Horror Stories

Sat Apr 05, 2008 00:00 - Sat Apr 05, 2008

ThreeWalls presents
Horror Stories, a solo show by Jillian Mcdonald
exhibition runs from April 4 to May 10, 2008

"Media and performance artist Jillian McDonald has developed a body of work investigating the American entertainment industry, using the archetypes generated by Hollywood as a substrate for shrewd and humorous commentary on the manufacturing of contemporary American behavior, mindset and relationships. In her latest series of videos, McDonald concentrates on the horror film genre and the manufacturing of fear. A haunted chandelier shivers and shifts in reaction to the viewer in the interactive video, The Sparkling while Vamp It Up sees McDonald transform herself into a vampire on public transportation. Stripping away plot, character development and the expectation of violence, McDonald teases the audience’s expectations of the malevolent by revealing the chicanery behind the show.


Fanatic - solo show Jillian Mcdonald

Fri Feb 01, 2008 00:00 - Mon Feb 04, 2008

United States of America

Fanatic - a solo show feautruing the work of New York artist Jillian Mcdonald -
opens at 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Virginia on February 1st, and runs through March 1st, 2008.

From the press release,
This retrospective of sorts highlights work from the past five years which can best be described as culture-jamming.
In Mcdonald’s recent work spanning video, web art, performance, and photography, she addresses the American cult of celebrity, the fantasy that buoys extreme fandom, and the mechanisms of “fear as entertainment” at work in horror films. The presence of her image in the work serves not as a self-portrait, but as a projection of universal emotions such as desire or fear. In “Me and Billy Bob”, she digitally manipulated romantic scenes from Hollywood films starring actor Billy Bob Thornton, creating a soft critique of celebrity obsession. In “Screaming”, she inserted herself into popular horror films such as The Shining and Alien, screaming at the monsters to scare them away or blow them to smithereens. She confounds the traditional roles of “victim” and “predator”, or “star” and “fan”, to transcend cinematic conventions. In “Horror Makeup” she applies makeup on a daily subway commute, transforming herself into a zombie.

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