Making Billy Bob Jealous
"I was exhausted from a night of not sleeping to avoid my fear of flying. I awoke in the middle of a flight to San Francisco, druggish, in the middle of the in-flight feature film, Bandits. In the middle of a slow-motion kiss between Cate Blanchett and Billy Bob Thornton, I knew immediately and irreversibly that I should be kissing him instead of her. I was in love."
a video / a web site by Jillian Mcdonald
contact. meandbilly at meandbillybob.com
Intimacy is a symptom of our heavily mediated culture. Via fantasy and
extensive popular media, the general public imagines secret affairs with
favourite celebrities. The crush is a familiar experience – In Me
and Billy Bob, I have inserted myself into existing film clips as the
recurring object of actor Billy Bob Thornton’s affection. We exchange
looks of longing, pleasure, and pain, yet the desire remains unconsummated,
looping infinitely. The cinematic devices of voice and gaze exaggerate
Jillian Mcdonald is a Canadian performance and media artist, transplanted in New York. Mcdonald's videos have been featureded recently, among other places, at YYZ in Toronto, Scope art fair (The Hamptons, New York, and Miami), Foxy Production in New York, Neutral Ground Gallery in Regina, Year Zero One in Toronto, TPW in Toronto, vertexList in Brooklyn, and VideominutoPopTV in Firenze Italy.
web projects include Snow Stories, Screen Kiss, Stand By Your Guns, Things
are Okay, Home Like No Place, Ivy League, and Advice Lounge - all viewable
Snow Stories was created in residence at Harvestworks in New York City
and funded by The Canada Council and The Experimental Television Center.
Home Like No Place was featured at La Biennale de Montreal 2002. These
projects have been shown on The Whitney Artport Gate Page, Turbulence
(New York), Kanonmedia (Vienna), Emmedia (Calgary), Hive projects (Toronto),
Seoul Net Festival, The Sundance Online Festival, ThirdPlace.org, Rhizome
(New York), Javamuseum, DIAN (Germany), the Web Biennial in Istanbul,
The Irish Museum of Modern Art's Net.Art Open, StudioXX, and S@lon (Mexico).
She has received a Canada Council for the Arts Grant for the creation
of four new multimedia projects in 2003, and a Turbluence.org web art
*Sponsored by The Canada Council for the Arts, Video Pool, Main/Access Gallery, City of Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council, and Pace University