Researcher

Mr John Gillies

My Expertise

Time-based Art, Video Art, Experimental and avant-garde cinema. Gallery installation and interdisciplinary practice.

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

Artist's Website
http://johngillies.com/

Research
John Gillies is an artist who works with performance, moving image, installation, sound and music, often referencing the history of cinema. His experimental narrative film Witkacy & Malinowski: a cinematic séance in 23 scenes premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in 2019. in 2020 he wrote and produced the VR project Is this the Place? in collaboration with Tactical Space Lab.  Major video art...view more

Artist's Website
http://johngillies.com/

Research
John Gillies is an artist who works with performance, moving image, installation, sound and music, often referencing the history of cinema. His experimental narrative film Witkacy & Malinowski: a cinematic séance in 23 scenes premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in 2019. in 2020 he wrote and produced the VR project Is this the Place? in collaboration with Tactical Space Lab.  Major video art works include Techno/Dumb/Show (with The Sydney Front)1991, Armada 1998, My Sister's Room 2000, Divide 2006-16 and Witkacy & Malinowski: a cinematic séance in 23 scenes.

His video work is held in public collections including the Fukuyama Art Museum, Hiroshima; National Gallery of Australia; Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Art Gallery of New South Wales; Australian Center for the Moving Image; Videobrasil, São Paulo and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

His work has also been shown at the Kasseler Kunstverein (2013), Tate Modern (2009), Museum of Modern Art (New York 1994), Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia (Salvador 1998), Museo Reina Sophia (Madrid 1995), National Museum of Korea (Seoul1992), Tramway (Glasgow 2006), ACMI (Melbourne 2006), MCA (Sydney 2000, 2008), QAGOMA (Brisbane 1996, 2011, permanent); the London, Sydney and Melbourne film festivals, as well as broadcasts on ABC and SBS television in Australia. He was awarded a Creative Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts, an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant and was a long term board member of the Performance Space, Sydney.

He has also curated Video Art and Sound Art programs and exhibitions in Australia, Brazil, Germany and Spain.

Other websites:
http://scanlines.net/person/john-gillies
https://theconversation.com/art-on-screen-time-stands-still-on-analogue-television-20217


My Grants

2020. 'Experimental Virtual Reality Lab', Australia Council for the Arts, Dr Josh Harle (C1), Tarik Ahlip, Cigdem Aydemir, Kylie Banyard, Nic Cassey, John Gillies, Grace Kingston, Claudia Nicholson, Jason Phu, Louise Zhang


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

(completions since 2003)

Colour Sensitive: Generative Processes and Place-Making, Daniel Connell MFA 2018

Becoming Video: Transmateriality, Indeterminacy, Performativity, E O Gill MFA 2018

In Search for what is Lost (Video as Memory), Jacqui Mills MFA 2017

News From Elsewhere: A Constellation of Avant-Garde Cinemas and My Place in it, Kuba Dorabialski MFA 2017

Real/Ideal: Utopian Narratives in Contemporary Culture, Josephine Skinner PhD 2015 (with Ross Harley)

The Lived Experience within the Act of Creation, Harriet Body MFA 2014

Illuminated Noise: Video Art and its Cinesonic Genealogy, Dominic Kirkwood MFA 2014

Why I write: (Notes on the Author), Stella MacDonald MFA 2013 (faculty award for research 2014)

The Whispering Gallery: Cinematic Meditations on Transnationalism 1977-2013, Léa Donnan MFA 2013

The Live Camera in Performance: Bland Project, Measure for Measure and This Kind of Rukus, Sean Bacon MFA 2013

Identity and Self-Representation explored through the medium of fictional documentary, Ludwig El Haddad MFA 2013

Folded Cosmos: A Cultural Response to Contemporary Physics, Caspar Fairhall MFA 2012

Citing Home: Imaging, Mnemonics and Spaces of Identity, Marina Batanic PhD 2011

Navigating Viewers: Montage, Space and Meta-art in New Media Video Installation, Atanas Djonov PhD 2011

The Sound of the Sun: Soundscapes and Intermediality in Texts of Heiner Müller, Eva Müller PhD 2011 (with Dr Gerhard Fischer)

Natural History: Video, Performance and Site, Angelica Mesiti MFA 2010

Conversations and Transformations: The Poetics and Politics of Engagement, David MacKenzie MFA 2010

Rendering the Real: Towards a Musical Landscape, Scott Morrison MFA 2010

The Parlyamente of Sprytes: A study of the fantastic and cinema’s relationship to the real, Simon Trevaks MFA 2009

The Pathology of the Camera: Tracing the path from collaboration to cooperation between camera and performer, Denis Beaubois MFA 2009

Extending beyond technique: an exploration of resonance, mimicry and improvisation on the Harp, Clare M. Cooper MFA 2008

Zero Return: directions in sound and image, Nathan Thompson MFA 2007

Surface and Projection, Louise Curham MFA 2006

After the Skin, Mahmoud Yekta MFA 2005

Composite Perceptions and Reflections: a migrant artist negotiates non-indigenous belonging in Australia, Michael Schiavello MFA 2004 

Experimental Interfaces: Physical Placement and participation of the Spectator in interactive installation environments, Mari Velonaki PhD 2003


Currently supervising

Mytho-futurist Exo-craft: Redefining the post-human through pre-industrial modes of making, Karolina Partyka MFA


My Teaching

Currently course convenor for:

DART1230 Moving Image 1 - Summer (intensive)
DART2231 Moving Image 3: Advanced Practice

With a multi-disciplinary background, John Gillies pioneered the teaching of Video Art in Australia, and was coordinator of the Time Based Art major of the BFA, BFA/BA, BArtEd and the MArt at UNSW. His former students are some of the leading artists working with moving image in Australia. Across UNSW he has also convened and taught courses in Introductory Studies, Time Based Art 1-5, Performance art, Popular Culture and Mass Media, Sound Studio, Sound/Performance/Installation, Video Art, Advanced Video Art, History of Video Art and History of Post WWII Cinema. He has also taught courses for the University of Sydney; University of Newcastle; University of Technology, Sydney; Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil and been a mentor and facilitator for a number of laboratory workshops including Time_Place_Space 2005 and Tele-Visions 2013.

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Location

Room F211 (F Block, 2nd floor southern end, down steps)

Contact

+61 2 8936 0707
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