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John Gillies is an artist who works predominately with time-based media and forms, including performance, moving image, installation, sound and music. Video, film and installation works include Techno/Dumb/Show (with The Sydney Front)1991, Armada 1998, My Sister's Room 2000, Divide 2006 and Witkacy & Malinowski: a cinematic séance in 23 scenes 2016-17.
His video work is held in a number of public collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Fukuyama Art Museum; National Gallery of Australia; Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.
His work has also been shown at the Tate Modern (2009), Museum of Modern Art (1994), Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia (1998), Museo Reina Sophia (1995), National Museum of Korea (1992), Tramway (Glasgow 2006), ACMI (Melbourne 2006), MCA (Sydney 2000, 2008), QAGOMA (Brisbane 1996, 2011, 2017)), Kasseler Kunstverein (2013), the London, Sydney and Melbourne film festivals, as well as broadcasts on ABC and SBS television. He was a recipient of a Creative Fellowship from the Australia Council, an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant and was a long-term board member of The Performance Space, Sydney.
He has also curated video art programs in Australia, Brazil, Germany and Spain.
John Gillies is a fractional lecturer who until 2014 was co-ordinator of the Time Based Art major of the BFA, BFA/BA, BArtEd and the MArt. At UNSW he has convened and taught many courses including, Introductory Studies, Time Based Art 1-5, Performance, Popular Culture and Mass Media, Sound Studio, Sound/Performance/Installation, Video Art, Advanced Video Art, History of Video Art and the History of Post WWII Cinema. He has also taught 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.
Research Supervision (completions since 2004)
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 (winner John Fries Award)
Real/Ideal: Utopian Narratives in Contemporary Culture, Josephine Skinner PhD 2015
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 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
Current Research Supervision
Desire and Forgetting: New Navigation Strategies: An installation-based practice interpreting contemporary media landscapes, Daniel Connell, MFA
Becoming Video: Transmateriality, Indeterminacy, Performativity, Emily O'Connor MFA