TRANSMEDIA :29:59

+media art in public urban space+

curated by Michael Alstad and Michelle Kasprzak

December 1 - 31th, 2005:

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.

David Crawford's Stop Motion Studies extends his long-standing interest in narrative
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.


BIOS

Gwen 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.


David 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.
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Year Zero One gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Arts Council,Yonge-Dundas Square and Clearchannel for their support of Transmedia :29:59.




TRANSMEDIA :29:59

<<Rewind
November 2005: Cheryl Sourkes, BlueScreen
October 2005: Honeybyte, Risa Horowitz
September 2005: Pascual Sisto, Luke Lamborn
August 2005: Manu Luksch, Jillian Mcdonald

 




 
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