HHorror Stories enables an interactive and collaborative film-making experience. The work is a contemporary update and visual equivalent to ghost stories told around a campfire. Visitors to the site can watch custom films, contribute video clips, write and read stories, and share the results.
• website produced in part thanks to a grant from Verizon's Thinkfinity Initiative,
Pace University, and Terminal@APSU
code - Julie Gill
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Zombies in Condoland is a performance for Nuit Blanche Toronto (Oct 4, 2008), curated by Gordon Hatt, which is the spectacle of a zombie film shoot. The website is created to invite participation and give information to prospective zombies
• website produced in residence at La Chambre Blanche
in Québec City.
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Snow Stories is a story engine, which uses appropriated and original film clips, images, animation, and sound stored in a database to translate the viewer's written story into a visual narrative.
• produced in residence at Harvestworks
in New York, with additional funding from The Canada Council for the Arts,
The Experimental Television Center, and Pace University
• exhibited in New Data at Harvestworks, NYC; FILE (Festival of Electronic Language) in Brazil; and Fringe Exhibitions in L.A.
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• commissioned by Soil New Media • in the collection of ComputerFineArts.com
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Stand By Your Guns glorifies and vilifies the handgun, masquerading as a children’s fun centre. Visitors can watch gun-TV, play games, visit Charlton Heston via webcam in his rest home (when available), colour pictures of guns, and print out their own slogans onto iron-on fabric for t-shirts. view screen shots
a 2004 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., for
web site. This project was made possible by a grant from The Jerome Foundation.
• featured at BananaRAM 2004 in Ancona Italy; New Forms Festival in Vancouver, BC; Festival Internacional de Arte Electronico 404 in Rosario, Argentina; the Sundance Online Film Festival in Park City, Utah; Manif d'Art 3 in Québec City; and The Seoul Net Festival in Korea.
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2003 - present
In Me and Billy Bob I have inserted myself into existing film clips as the recurring object of actor Billy Bob Thornton’s affection. Unlike a fan site, it does not promote information and facts about the star’s personal or professional life but rather my romantic obsession with the actor’s persona. The ultimate goal is of course to attract its subject himself.
• with support from The Canada Council for the Arts and Pace University
• shown at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; La Centre d'art
Contemporain de Basse-Normandie; Video Pool, Winnipeg
• website includes temporary tattoo project for Billy Bob fans.
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Advice Lounge - - ONLINE BUT NOT CURRENTLY ACTIVE
Visitors are invited to receive free, non-professional advice while relaxing in their chosen lounge. "Make an appointment and schedule a webcam advice session".
• produced for Vidéographe's Ancrage project, with Vitamin B, in Montréal, featured on Rhizome.org • live performance at ISEA 2004, Talinn Estonia; Spasm Public Art Festival, Saskatoon; and New Forms Festival Vancouver, BC
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Summer 2002 • collaboration with Kelty McKinnon
Ivy League is an attack on the hyperbole that surrounds English Ivy. Our research is located in the diversity of the Web, yielding the results as a conflicted, bizarre and oft times militant form of nature worship. In all biological life, including human, immigrants and foreigners tend to be the scapegoats for local problems. Invasive species are constantly blamed for the changing degraded landscape, while little attention is paid to patterns of development that set the conditions for these species to thrive.
• produced for StudioXX's (Montreal) Virtual
featured on kanonmedia.com (Austria), Rhizome.org; Manif d'Art 3 in Québec City; and "Parkette" project curated by Jenny McMaster in Toronto. Documentation exhibited in Synthesis and Distribution, Experiments in Collaboration at Pace University.
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Things Are Okay is mock media coverage. Within a few months, 4 US planes crashed in linked acts of terrorism, a plane crashed into a residential beach, there were several fatal cases of anthrax, and a 15-year old pilot crashed a plane into a Tampa building. Overriding all of this is a sense of wonder, fragility and absurdity, and a growing feeling that ´things are ok´- like signal, static, and white noise. Many express the comfort of television, like an old friend: who better to tell you the horrible news? There is a desire during wartime to keep count, to stay on top of the situation, to sleep with one eye open.
• produced for Life During Wartime residency, Trinity Square Video, Toronto • featured on Kanonmedia.com (Austria), Rhizome.org, Activist Menu (Emmedia, Calgary), Softform (Hive Projects, Toronto), and Manif d'Art 3 in Québec City.
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January 2002, ongoing
Home Like No Place is an on-line wonderland somewhere between the Canadian
prairies and New York, where the visitor is invited into a 'choose-your-own-adventure'
scenario. The colour-symbolism of The Wizard of Oz film populates a non-linear
narrative. Hope (gold), freshness (green), poison and magic (red), and
innocence (blue) colour the post-industrial landscape. There is no end
and no beginning, no resolution and no moral. The visitor is further invited
to write their own piece of the story - the story to grows over time.
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• produced in residence at La Chambre Blanche Weblab, Québec City. ~featured at La Biennale de Montréal, on dian-network.com (Germany), Rhizome.org, in the exhibition 'Fantascape' at Centre for Art Tapes in Halifax, and at Spaces gallery in Cleveland, OH
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Karaoke at the Gene Pool - - CURRENTLY NOT ONLINE
Karaoke for the Gene Pool is a non-linear narrative based on biological (particularly genomic) forms and their relation to the mulitiple and the experimental, to contamination and randomness. An experiment's marginal unpredictability relates to science, nature, and to machine systems and pathways. Loss of control in nature and in technology create intrigue in the 'narrative'. Elements in the project corrupt and leave traces.
• featured at The Irish Museum of Modern Art's Net.Art Open, and Rhizome.org