art in public urban space
Curated by Michael Alstad and Michelle Kasprzak
August 1 - 31st, 2005:
29th minute: Manu
Luksch - 'Movie
59th minute: Jillian Mcdonald
- 'Screen Kiss'
Launch event: August 3rd, 8-10pm: vjs fluid
amie - music by cyan
Yonge- Dundas Square, Toronto
Year Zero One is pleased to announce the launch of TRANSMEDIA
:29:59, a year long programme on the pedestrian level
video billboard at Dundas Square in Toronto. Beginning
August 1st 2005, one minute video works will be broadcast
24/7 every half hour on the 29th and 59th minutes.
Featured for the month of August is Jillian
Mcdonald's 'Screen Kiss' & Manu Luksch's 'Movie
Jillian Mcdonald's 'Screen
Kiss' is a web project/video featuring several popular
actors including Daniel Day Lewis, Vincent Gallo, Johnny
Depp, and Angelina Jolie. Macdonald inserts herself
into existing film scenes as stand-in for the actresses
being kissed by or engaged in other gestures of romance
with these actors. This work has received funding support
from Soil Digital Media Suite at Neutral Ground Gallery
and The Canada Council for the Arts, New Media Commissioning
Manu Luksch's 'Movie
Stars' was shot at a remote beach in Thailand where
Chris and Anthony trained hundreds of starfish to move
in a synchronized manner. The starfish execute a formation
dance reminiscent of the glamourous choreography by
Berkeley Busby for Hollywood movies of the 1930s. MOVIE
STARS is an unedited, unprocessed real-time documentation
of a starfish performance; the film's length is dictated
by the creatures' limited short-term memory for movement.
Year Zero One gratefully acknowledges Yonge-Dundas Square
and Clearchannel for their support of Transmedia :29:59.
is a Canadian artist transplanted in New York where
she teaches at Pace University.
Her work in media and performance has been shown recently
at The Whitney Museum's Artport; Manifestation d'Art
Internationale de Québec; 404 International Festival
of Electronic Art in Argentina; BananaRAM in Italy;
The Sundance Online Film Festival in Park City, Utah;
The Cleveland International Performance Art Festival;
La Biennale de Montréal; ISEA in Talinn, Estonia;
and the Centre d’Art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie
in France. Solo and 2-person shows in 2004-5 included
Video Pool in Winnipeg, Edge Media in St John's Newfoundland,
TPW in Toronto (presented at The Drake Hotel), YYZ in
Toronto, and vertexList in Brooklyn (with Scot Kaplan).
She has received grants from The Canada Council for
the Arts, Soil New Media, Turbulence, The Gunk Foundation,
NYSCA, The Experimental Television Center, Thirdplace.org,
and Pace University. She has lectured in North America
and Europe about her work and has attended numerous
residencies including DAIMON and La Chambre Blanche
in Québec, Emmedia in Calgary, and Harvestworks
in New York City.
Mcdonald has happily rediscovered playing the piano
and camping, and is learning how to rock-climb. Some
of her favourite people are strangers.
founder of the London-based arts production company
ambientTV.NET, studied Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria
and Thailand, before joining the the Media Lab Munich
as Artistic Director (1995-97). Her latest feature-length
documentary film and internet-radio project ‘Virtual
Borders’ looked at questions of identity
of the Akha people, a minority group in Southeast Asia.
Manu’s current project, ‘Faceless’,
is compiled from surveillance video footage recovered
under the UK’s Data Protection Act, weaving fictive
narratives from Big Brother’s cinema verité.
The film explores urban fantasy and subjectivity under
the regime of closed circuit TV, personal stereo and
the multitude of ways we now leave data-traces and are
tracked through the city.
Year Zero One has extended the deadline for submissions
to TRANSMEDIA :29:59