Jill Magid (US) multimedia artist, writer, performer and director questions notions of (auto-)surveillance.
I seek intimate relationships with impersonal structures, and prepare for our seduction.
Jill Magid engages the disciplining systems in society, such as
police, CCTV, and forensic artists and exploits the dormant
possibilities of their services. Her work evokes questions of presence,
memory, and subjectivity rather than success-rates or functionality.
She employs the system, via its latent qualities, to establish an
intimate and poetic experience. Weaving narrative patterns through a
variety of media, Magid is both performer and director, distilling and
presenting her experience to the viewer as her witness. After receiving
a Masters of Science in Visual Studies from the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology in 2000, Magid relocated to Amsterdam as a participant at
the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, and has since been showing
internationally. She is currently back in the USA as a visiting artist
at the Cooper Union, New York.