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Zombies in the House

Monday, October 26th, 2009

This week our skilled make-up artists at Arizona State University Art Museum have been making zombies in the gallery, and unleashing them on the unsuspecting public. Strangely every time we finish a zombie, it disappears, causing concern among the museum staff. So far, all staff are breathing and accounted for.

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andrea transforms matt (above) into the living dead (below)

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roxy turns bryan (above), and wendy turns sonny (below) into terrifying, though happy, zombies

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matt studies kyl’s technique turning paul into a walking corpse (above)

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roxy gets a taste of her own medicine in the expert hands of angie’s make-up

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one big happy family! note to zombies: do not eat your make-up artist!

5 days left until the Zombies vs Vampires video showdown – don’t miss it!
~Jillian

Wanted: Desert Zombies, Vampires, Make-up Artists. No Experience Necessary.

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

I’m in residence at ASU Art Museum in Tempe, AZ. I’ll be working on a few different projects, the first of which starts next week. Details on how you can participate, below:

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“Jillian Mcdonald, artist-in-residence at ASU Art Museum seeks participants in a video installation for her November exhibit at ASU.”

Interested parties will attend an information session and audition on October 15th at 11 a.m.; attend a rehearsal on Oct 22nd starting at 11 a.m.; and be videotaped together on the afternoon of Oct 31st in the desert. The information session, audition and rehearsal will be held in the project’s gallery at ASU Art Museum. No acting experience or knowledge of vampires and zombies necessary, however feel free to do some research online.

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Zombies may also, if interested, participate in a further performance on the Light in early November. Contact Jillian Mcdonald, info below, to receive notifications.

Also seeking enthusiastic makeup artists – with or without experience. Make-up artists will come to an information meeting on Oct 15th at 2p.m., and a workshop Oct 16th or 23rd at 11a.m.. These meetings will also be held in the project’s gallery in ASU Art Museum. Make-up for the video will be done at the museum on the late morning of Oct 31st. There is no cost to participate, make-up will be provided.

Please sign up with me directly if you are interested in participating in the project (phone 917.443.8107, email jmcdonald[at]jillianmcdonald[dot]net). Feel free to send questions or concerns. Interested parties who cannot make the scheduled dates, please inquire about alternative times.

*images from Vampire Hunting, Zombie Loop, and Undead in the Night

Undead in the Night on Swedish TV

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

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The National Swedish TV Arts and Culture program, Kobra, featured my Undead in the Night performance in Malmö, Sweden as part of their Horror Ministry series about, yes, horror. The performance was a collaboration with Lilith Performance Studio in Malmö, Sweden and 100 non-professional actors, out in the forest in the middle of the night. It placed two undead creatures (hideous Zombies and stunning Vampires) in the same scenes along with their victims, violating the codes and boundaries of the horror genre, and creating an impossible scenario. The audience, transported 8 people at a time to an undisclosed forest location, became visitors in a living horror movie. Following a path in the dark various scenes came alive along a 3 km long horror path.

Also featured in the TV program which aired Oct 1 are Seth Grahame Smith, author of bestseller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Max Brooks author of The Zombie Survival Guide, and Freddie Wading, lead singer in several Swedish horror-themed punk bands. Most of the interviews are in English. Check out the whole horror series which is fascinating, or just scroll in this “Zombier” episode to 20:45 for the segment on Undead in the Night, created by Ulrik Petersson.

Watch Zombier online.

Monsters of a different kind…

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

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Visit and enjoy a whole page of black and white monsters made by various artists and programmers like Christian Gross, who made the Hihi monster, pictured above.

Lend your Buffalo kitchens & bathrooms!

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

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In mid-September I’ll be in Buffalo filming Red Rum (working title), a new video for exhibition at Hallwalls in January 2010. I will film in kitchens and bathrooms around Buffalo, NY, so if you have some and are willing to participate, please contact me or John Massier (info on poster, above) for details.

Red Rum, its title a reference to The Shining where a young boy predicts “redrum” (backwards, murder) before a hotel elevator bursts with blood and all hell breaks loose, is a video with a haunted horror theme. The scenes take us through a cavernous home where blood – a predominant prop in horror films—drips from faucets, runs down mirrors, pools on stairs, and seeps from cupboards. This blood appears disembodied until the camera slowly reveals its haunted source. Meanwhile the camera visits many neighbouring houses that also drip with blood, suggesting a murderous streak. Red Rum, filmed on location in Buffalo during the artist’s residency in September 2009, features local actors, students, a choir, musicians, and homes.

Undead in the Night Slide-Show

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Lilith Performance Studio posted a slide show of our recent forest performance collaboration, Undead in the Night on their website. Check it out; crank the volume!

Zombies in Condoland documentation!

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

At long last, the documentation is completed! It’s also on Youtube…
Note: the sound doesn’t start right away.

Installation at Rosenthal Gallery

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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My show, Monstrosities, looks great thanks to Michael Rosenthal and his wonderful staff – especially Maureen and Caitlin! Many happy zombies were made the night of the opening, I hope no one was eaten. If you’re in San Francisco come to my talk tomorrow night at 7!

Good night Ivar

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Clara Isaksson, the wonderful super-intern for Undead in the Night at Lilith Performance Studio made Godnatt Ivar as her first stop-motion film in school. It’s excellent, and has a horror theme!

More press for Undead in the Night

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

1. De ska skrämmas i skogen by Yvonne Erlandsson in SkÃ¥nskan.se / Nöje. If you don’t read Swedish you can enjoy the great photos by Lars-Erik Gille!

2. Blodsugare i skånska skogar by Johanna Forsberg in EfterArbetet.

3. Döden lever sitt eget liv by Ingrid Stigsdotter at Sydsvenskan.se.

4. Vad är det som finns i skogen? by Ann Heberlein at Sydsvenskan.se.