art in public urban space+
by Michael Alstad
and Michelle Kasprzak
December 1 -
29th minute: Gwen MacGregor
- '3 months
- New York, Toronto'
59th minute: David Crawford
- 'Stop Motion Studies'
Year Zero One is pleased to present TRANSMEDIA :29:59,
a year long exhibition on the pedestrian level video
billboard at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto.
Launched August 1st 2005, TRANSMEDIA :29:59 features
one minute video works 24/7 every half hour on the 29th
and 59th minutes.
Featured for the month of December is Gwen MacGregor's
'3 months - New York, Toronto' and David Crawford's
'Stop Motion Studies'.
Gwen MacGregor's 3
months - New York, Toronto is a one minute animation
that is the first in a series using GPS technology.
It tracks 3 months of MacGregors activities in New York
and Toronto. As the work progresses each day is drawn
and then fades, leaving a faint trace. Over the one
minute the layout of the 2 cities unfolds as MacGregor
goes about her daily activity. This piece continues
MacGregor's interest in the perception of time in the
ordinary and mundane moment.
Motion Studies extends his long-standing interest
and, in particular, looks at the subway as a stage upon
which social dynamics and individual behavior are increasingly
mediated by digital technology. As one of the most vibrant
and egalitarian networks in our cities, subways bring
people from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds
into close contact with each other. This process plays
a significant role in shaping both the character of
a city as well as our individual identities. In this
remix of footage originally shot for previous installments
in London, Paris, Boston, New York, and Tokyo, each
installment's modular structure has provided a library
of building blocks that have been edited into a linear
animation approximately 7 minutes long. The speed of
the transitions is based on network connection speed.
"SMS-13 (TRANSMEDIA :29:59)" includes footage
from "SMS-Tokyo," a 2003 commission of New
Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., for its Turbulence
Web site. "SMS-Tokyo" was made possible by
a grant from the LEF Foundation.
MacGregor is aToronto artist working in installation
and video. Her work reflects her close observation of
time and how its passage shapes small dramas or uncannily
familiar situations. In 1998 her work was featured in
a solo exhibition at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery
and in 2001 her work was presented in the Present Tense
Project series at the Art Galery of Ontario, Toronto.
MacGregor's work has also been shown in many group exhibitions
across Canada and in Mexico City, London, Prague, Venice,
Shanghai and Los Angeles. In 2003 MacGregor was the
recipient of the Friends of the Visual Arts Award, Toronto
In 2004 she received the Canada Council New York Studio
award. MacGregor is represented by Jessica
Bradley Art and Projects in Toronto.
Crawford studied film, video, and new media at the
Massachusetts College of Art and received a BFA in 1997.
In 2000, his Light of Speed project was a finalist for
the SFMOMA Webby Prize for Excellence in Online Art.
In 2003, Crawford’s Stop Motion Studies project
received an Artport Gate Page Commission from the Whitney
Museum of American Art and an Award of Distinction in
the Net Vision category at the Prix Ars Electronica.
In 2004, he received an MSc from Chalmers University
of Technology and became an Assistant Professor at The
School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Zero One gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Arts Council,Yonge-Dundas
Square and Clearchannel for their support of Transmedia
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