jillian mcdonald, valley of the deer, web project, turbulence, horror film

From the Valley of the Deer


From the Valley of the Deer is an augmented reality artwork based on Valley of the Deer, a video installation produced in Scotland in 2013. Masked figures populate romantic landscapes. In each city where the video is exhibited, local sites are haunted by characters and scenes from the artwork, discoverable on walking tours. sThese apparitions may also be stumbled upon as *Points of Interest* by passersby.

• a 2013 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence web site. Made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation.

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jillian mcdonald, horror stories, julie gill, thinkfinity, web project, horror film

Horror Stories


Horror Stories enables an interactive and collaborative film-making experience. The work is a contemporary update and visual equivalent to ghost stories told around a campfire. Visitors to the site can watch custom films, contribute video clips, write and read stories, and share the results.

• website produced in part thanks to a grant from Verizon's Thinkfinity Initiative, Pace University, and Terminal@APSU
code - Julie Gill

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jillian mcdonald, zombies in condoland, nuit blanche, toronto, web project

Zombies in Condoland


Zombies in Condoland is a performance for Nuit Blanche Toronto (Oct 4, 2008), curated by Gordon Hatt, which is the spectacle of a zombie film shoot. The website is created to invite participation and give information to prospective zombies

• website produced in residence at La Chambre Blanche in Québec City.

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jillian mcdonald, snow stories, web project



Snow Stories is a story engine, which uses appropriated and original film clips, images, animation, and sound stored in a database to translate the viewer's written story into a visual narrative.

• produced in residence at Harvestworks in New York, with additional funding from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Experimental Television Center, and Pace University
• exhibited in New Data at Harvestworks, NYC; FILE (Festival of Electronic Language) in Brazil; and Fringe Exhibitions in L.A.

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jillian mcdonald, screen kiss, soil media

Screen Kiss


A conceptual sequel to Me and Billy Bob, Screen Kiss aims to make Billy Bob, the object of desire, jealous by showing glimpses into the artist's romantic moments with other actors. <more info>

• commissioned by Soil New Media • in the collection of ComputerFineArts.com

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jillian mcdonald, stand by your guns, turbulence

Stand By Your Guns


Stand By Your Guns glorifies and vilifies the handgun, masquerading as a children’s fun centre. Visitors can watch gun-TV, play games, visit Charlton Heston via webcam in his rest home (when available), colour pictures of guns, and print out their own slogans onto iron-on fabric for t-shirts. view screen shots

a 2004 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., for its Turbulence web site. This project was made possible by a grant from The Jerome Foundation.
• featured at BananaRAM 2004 in Ancona Italy; New Forms Festival in Vancouver, BC; Festival Internacional de Arte Electronico 404 in Rosario, Argentina; the Sundance Online Film Festival in Park City, Utah; Manif d'Art 3 in Québec City; and The Seoul Net Festival in Korea.

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jillian mcdonald, billy bob thornton, me and billy bob

Me and Billy Bob

2003 - present

In Me and Billy Bob I have inserted myself into existing film clips as the recurring object of actor Billy Bob Thornton’s affection. Unlike a fan site, it does not promote information and facts about the star’s personal or professional life but rather my romantic obsession with the actor’s persona. The ultimate goal is of course to attract its subject himself.

• with support from The Canada Council for the Arts and Pace University • shown at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; La Centre d'art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie; Video Pool, Winnipeg
• website includes temporary tattoo project for Billy Bob fans.

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jillian mcdonald, advice lounge

October 2002

Visitors are invited to receive free, non-professional advice while relaxing in their chosen lounge. "Make an appointment and schedule a webcam advice session".

• produced for Vidéographe's Ancrage project, with Vitamin B, in Montréal, featured on Rhizome.org • live performance at ISEA 2004, Talinn Estonia; Spasm Public Art Festival, Saskatoon; and New Forms Festival Vancouver, BC

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jillian mcdonald, ivy league


Summer 2002 • collaboration with Kelty McKinnon

Ivy League is an attack on the hyperbole that surrounds English Ivy. Our research is located in the diversity of the Web, yielding the results as a conflicted, bizarre and oft times militant form of nature worship. In all biological life, including human, ‘immigrants and foreigners’ tend to be the scapegoats for local problems. Invasive species are constantly blamed for the changing ‘degraded’ landscape, while little attention is paid to patterns of development that set the conditions for these species to thrive.

• produced for StudioXX's (Montreal) Virtual Garden project,
featured on kanonmedia.com (Austria), Rhizome.org; Manif d'Art 3 in Québec City; and "Parkette" project curated by Jenny McMaster in Toronto. Documentation exhibited in Synthesis and Distribution, Experiments in Collaboration at Pace University.

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jillian mcdonald, living in wartime, charlton heston, things are okay

Things are Okay - - CURRENTLY NOT ONLINE

April 2002

Things Are Okay is mock media coverage. Within a few months, 4 US planes crashed in linked acts of terrorism, a plane crashed into a residential beach, there were several fatal cases of anthrax, and a 15-year old pilot crashed a plane into a Tampa building. Overriding all of this is a sense of wonder, fragility and absurdity, and a growing feeling that ´things are ok´- like signal, static, and white noise. Many express the comfort of television, like an old friend: who better to tell you the horrible news? There is a desire during wartime to keep count, to stay on top of the situation, to sleep with one eye open.

• produced for Life During Wartime residency, Trinity Square Video, Toronto • featured on Kanonmedia.com (Austria), Rhizome.org, Activist Menu (Emmedia, Calgary), Softform (Hive Projects, Toronto), and Manif d'Art 3 in Québec City.

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jillian mcdonald, wizard of oz, la chambre blanche quebec, home like no place

Home Like No Place

January 2002, ongoing

Home Like No Place is an on-line wonderland somewhere between the Canadian prairies and New York, where the visitor is invited into a 'choose-your-own-adventure' scenario. The colour-symbolism of The Wizard of Oz film populates a non-linear narrative. Hope (gold), freshness (green), poison and magic (red), and innocence (blue) colour the post-industrial landscape. There is no end and no beginning, no resolution and no moral. The visitor is further invited to write their own piece of the story - the story to grows over time.
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• produced in residence at La Chambre Blanche Weblab, Québec City. ~featured at La Biennale de Montréal, on dian-network.com (Germany), Rhizome.org, in the exhibition 'Fantascape' at Centre for Art Tapes in Halifax, and at Spaces gallery in Cleveland, OH

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Karaoke at the Gene Pool - - CURRENTLY NOT ONLINE

Karaoke for the Gene Pool is a non-linear narrative based on biological (particularly genomic) forms and their relation to the mulitiple and the experimental, to contamination and randomness. An experiment's marginal unpredictability relates to science, nature, and to machine systems and pathways. Loss of control in nature and in technology create intrigue in the 'narrative'. Elements in the project corrupt and leave traces.

• featured at The Irish Museum of Modern Art's Net.Art Open, and Rhizome.org