August 8th, 2009

Lend your Buffalo kitchens & bathrooms!


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.

July 11th, 2009

Undead in the Night Slide-Show

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!

June 25th, 2009

Zombies in Condoland documentation!

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

June 24th, 2009

Installation at Rosenthal Gallery

Jillian mcdonald rosenthal gallery

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!

June 19th, 2009

Zombies Trump Vampires in Time Magazine

Time magazine is also comparing Zombies and Vampires. Lev Grossman (ironic name for a man writing about zombies) points out the obvious fact that no one wants to sleep with Zombies. I would add with the exception of Zombie Honeymoon and Otto, but who could resist those mighty cute zombie boys?

In Zombies are the New Vampires, Grossman declares Zombies the official monster of the recession, after all “what monster could be better suited to our current level of ecological anxiety? Zombies are biodegradable, locally sourced and sustainable — they’re made of 100% recycled human.”

June 19th, 2009

Bruce and Bruce: Zombie Night in Canada

PontyPool, tag line “Shut up or Die”, is a film from Canadian director Bruce McDonald [2008]. Zombies invade a town in Ontario and the only human defense is utter silence, the zombie virus spreading via language. Read more on the use of silence in horror film, specifically in The Descent. It’s a tricky concept considering our natural impulse to scream or yell when startled by excessively violent creatures or threatened with extreme bodily harm. Not to mention the convention of sound overuse, especially as shock effect, in many horror films. In PontyPool much of the horror is not seen by the protagonists or the audience, but rather described to the radio show staff core characters, via the helicopter weather guy.

In other 2008 Canadian zombie news from directors named Bruce, Bruce laBruce’s Otto or Up with Dead People is a film with a cute gay goth boy zombie protagonist. The trailer claims it “Brings Sexy Back…From the Dead”. This one looks more funny than scary – at least from the trailer.

June 16th, 2009


Zombie Apocalypse Jillian Mcdonald

I’m leaving tomorrow for San Francisco to install my solo show, Monstrosities, at Rosenthal Gallery. The opening reception, complete with Zombie Makeup Station, is Saturday June 20th from 4 – 9PM. I’m showing one new video titled Zombie Apocalypse – pictured above, with related video and photo works. After that I’m off to The Headlands just north of the city – which as of last summer is one of my favourite places in the world – to stare at the ocean and get lost briefly in the fog.

June 16th, 2009

Haunted by Malmö

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I am still deeply in awe of the amazing performers who participated in Undead in the Night in Sweden. I remember clearly the sense of waiting for each new audience alone in my ghostly role on the dark wooded path, hearing the forest come alive with opera, violin, dissonant flute, horses’ galloping, actors’ blood-chilling screams, wind in the trees, eerie frog songs, creeping footsteps, fingers like breath on backs and nervous screams from the audience, unearthly sounds. Chilling breezes, a terrifying soundtrack, prickling sensations, sudden shadows, rustling in the bushes, the low orange moon.

Thank you to everyone РI look forward to seeing you all back in Malm̦ when we screen the documentation. Until then, my dear friends and collaborators.


May 30th, 2009

Good night Ivar

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!

May 28th, 2009

More press for Undead in the Night

1. De ska skrämmas i skogen by Yvonne Erlandsson in SkÃ¥ / 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

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