Pace Digital Gallery Presents “Screen Kiss”

Media and performance artist Jillian Mcdonald, a professor at Pace University who organized an exhibition called “Screen Kiss.”

For immediate release. For more information or visual materials, please contact: digitalgallery@pace.edu – 212.346.1352, or Bill Caldwell in Public information, Pace University, 212.346.1597 or wcaldwell@pace.edu

Screen Kiss

Pace Digital Gallery
Dec 2 – 19, 2003

Opening Reception:
Tues., Dec 2, 6 – 8

Location:
163 William Street NYC
(between Beekman & Ann Street)

In ‘Screen Kiss’ a mini ‘drive-in’ is constructed on a pedestal with classic model cars on Astroturf. The cars are oriented towards a miniature LCD screen, posing as a drive-in theatre screen. Five videos will play in a loop on the screen. In the videos, a kiss is shared with strangers, a celebrity, a pet, a child, and oneself – all mediated through digital moving images.

Media and performance artist Jillian Mcdonald, a professor at Pace University who organized the exhibition, says: ” The ‘drive-in’ experience exudes romanticism. The quotidian experience of a date in a car with one’s sweetheart becomes larger than life through the projection of the self onto the screen. The viewer’s position as voyeur is filtered through the situation of the cars and by extension is pulled into the collective cinematic gaze of the screen kiss.”

“The allure of the kiss is experienced in several different ways, but romance is never consummated. As with cinema, the scenarios are not what they seem; we are not looking at traditional notions of romance.”

Artists
Jillian Mcdonald, media and performance artist, born Canada, lives in New York City
Jill Epstein, video artist, born and lives in New York City
Sharon Paz, video artist, born in Israel and lives in Berlin
Jennifer Ruff, video artist, USA, lives in New York City
Lyla Rye, born in Canada, lives in Toronto

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