GILLIAN McIVER

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VISUAL ART THAT INCLUDES INSTALLATION, BOOK ART, COLLAGE

NARRATOLOGY

The Earth Book (detail)
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BOOK WITH WINGS (detail)


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ANOTHER WAY OF LOOKING AT LANDSCAPE, Studio75 London, 2013

Analogue photography. Analogue is different to digital. You don’t get to see the photos till they are printed. You have to physically touch them and move them around with your hands to think them over. Take the "standard landscape” of mountains + sky.  What happens when you arrange them differently? This is a project about looking at photos, their arrangements and inter-relationships.

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OFFSHORE video installation, site specific audiovisual projection.

Former Harland and Wolff shipyard, Belfast. 2005 This video was filmed inside the derelict drawing offices of the former Harland and Wolff shipyard, the very rooms where the Titanic and other great ships were designed. Behind is the remains of the slipway where the ships launched.The film was then re-edited and composited with archival footage from the great age of shipping, and combined with an aural collage, and then projected back into the Harland and Wolff space.


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SAILS and A HISTORY IN 6 VOLUMES. Book Art. Russia. 2003

This site specific project was part of a 2 year summer residency in Kronstadt, a naval base island off the coast of St Petersburg, Russia. For more, see kronstadt2004.org Exhibited also at la Fabrik Kunstherbst 2003 and at Sir John Cass 2003 MA Show.

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FRAMING THE CITY. Prague. Site specific 2006


Framing the City is a project in which golden frames are set up in urban spaces to invite the passerby to view the urban environment and the objects or activities in it in a new way. In Prague, the focus was on the Smetanovo Embankment, a beauty spot with a fantastic view of Hradčany and Prague Castle. But in recent years, the embankment has been increasingly the site of choking traffic, and nobody walks there now.

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LIGHTEN UP, Wysing Arts Cambridge 2008. Light, cages, objects.

Lighten Up was a site specific project tin the ground of Wysing Arts in midwinter. The rural Cambridge site was lit up into a fairytale world of lanterns filled with strange, odd and often disturbing objects and images.

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C8H10N4O2 / C12H22O11 (Caffeine and Sugar) Batteriefabrik, Factory-Berlin 2002

A homage to the coffee break; this was part of the large scale exhibition: Helder der Arbeit, art in old factories in the former industrial district of Obershoeneweide, Berlin. It forms part of my longer term engagement with the Oberschoeneweide district, which involves, films, video art and photography.

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LOST (RAILWAY STATION)
Poema Vremenyi project, Nizhny Novgorod Russia 2000
Object installation with film (The River) on monitor.

Floodplain of Time was a site-responsive art-action in an abandoned electricity-generating plant and surrounding area on the banks of the River Oka. Stills from The River are below

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE 20TH CENTURY

video wall installed in former Natwest bank vault London

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MIR GEHT'S GUT / I FEEL GOOD

light, video, objects and sound. A site specific project in a derelict shopping parade, Oberschoenewide, Berlin. 2003

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right , Stretcher and Unbekannt / Unknown. AV installations, tramshed,

Weimar Germany 2002
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Collaboration with Julian Ronnefeldt and Pearl Gluck.

 



No empty place ...
video and slide projection with sound, Stoke on Trent. 2006

The site was a beautiful old pottery awaiting re-development, where its original use would be eradicated forever. It was the home of J H Weatherby & Sons Pottery, which closed around 2000. NO EMPTY PLACE was an audio-video piece that explored the pottery's past and present, presided over by the spectral vision of Josiah Wedgwood himself.

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"Thames -Oka Project" AV projection with performance (collaboration with Dirizhable) 2000
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THE DEVIL IS RIGHT BEHIND YOU
The Old Colosseum, London 1997.
Photographic slide installation with objects


A camera-led exploration of Mikhail Bulgakov's former Moscow flat formed the basis for this site specific piece. The slide show was installed in the decaying Victorian splendor of a former music hall in East London. It refers to the ball scene in The Master and Margarita, where Margarita goes to the demon's ball with Woland, the head devil. A second excursion to the site made a few years later, resulted in the film THE HOUSE ON SADOVAYA STREET (2005)

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Paracrafts was project about Russian crafts reinterpreted by artists. Death in the snow brings together two of the principal cliches of Russia as imagined by the foreigner: the long cold winter and the Matrioshka doll. The video is an electronic version of the kitsch tourist souvenir, the glass «snowball» which as you shake it produces snow. This work is concerned with exploring the line which divides reality from dream, memory and imagination


death in snow from GILLIAN MCIVER on Vimeo.

DEATH IN THE SNOW
Paracrafts touring show, Russia, 2002 - 3. Video, projector, glass bubble

interconnections - projection installation in a tent in the grounds of former naval base buildings in Kronstadt, Russia 2004


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COLLAGE - handmade paper collage

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Water source (Thames), 2011
paper on canvas

Lost Old Place 2012
paper on card /
giclee print

 

 

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