Turbulence Commission: "Stand By Your Guns" by Jillian Mcdonald
From movies/television and computer/video games to political posturing and gangster rap, weapons have become as "embedded" in our everyday lives as US journalists were in the military during the "major combat" phase of the 2003 Iraq war. "Stand By Your Guns" confronts us with the ubiquity of guns and how violent simulations translate into real life shootings. It is an absurdist piece that both glorifies the weapon and masquerades as an entertainment arcade.
Jillian Mcdonald is a Canadian performance and media artist who lives and works in New York City. Her web projects include "Things are Okay" and "Home Like No Place" which were produced in residency at Trinity Square Video in Toronto, and La Chambre Blanche Gallery in QuÃ©bec City. "Home Like No Place" was featured at La Biennale de Montreal 2002. "Me and Billy Bob" was launched in May 2003 and "Ivy League" is part of StudioXX’s Virtual Garden project. "Advice Lounge," created in residency at Videographe and featured at FCMM in Montreal, will be performed live at Saskatoons Spasm New Media Festival in Spring 2004. Mcdonald received a Canada Council for the Arts Grant for the creation of four new media projects in 2003. Her projects have been featured at Kanonmedia (Vienna), Emmedia (Calgary), Hive Projects (Toronto), Rhizome (New York), Javamuseum, CIAC (Canada), DIAN (Germany), the Web Biennial in Istanbul 2003, and the Centre dArt Contemporain de Basse-Normandie. Mcdonald teaches computer art at Pace University where she co-directs the Pace Digital Gallery.
Turbulence Artists? Studio: "Views from the Ground Floor" by Jess Loseby http://turbulence.org/studios/loseby
"Views from the Ground Floor" is a networked installation that presents the view of a pixilated domestic landscape which seems utopian in one scene, and constricted and full of suppressed fears and desires in another. Loseby draws unexpected and compelling comparisons between female domesticity and cyber-culture, where low and high technology live side-by-side in an uneasy partnership of repetition, interaction and consequences. Her positioning in a wheelchair means these visions are always viewed from the ground floor.
Jess Loseby is an established net and digital artist from the UK. Her primary medium is the internet. She exhibits in national and international projects both on and off line. Her work ranges from small and intimate online installations to large scale digital projections and video. Loseby?s unashamedly low-tech net installations and video build comparisons of the network and digitality in its frustrations, attention to triviality and repetition as absurdly compatible to the female domestic routine. Themes dealing with individuality and cyber- identity reoccur frequently as do the faces of her three children who seem to be bound up irrevocably with her digital self. Jess Loseby is young(ish), has three children, one husband and no time!
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